The small market town of Settle, situated 17 miles from Skipton, just off the A65, is a lovely place to spend a day or a short break.
Settle has something for everyone, with a busy market every Tuesday, a farmer’s market once a month and a good selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs in the town centre. There are historic buildings such as Victoria Hall, the Quaker Meeting House and The Folly also in the town. The Folly, a Grade 1 listed building, is now home to the Museum of North Craven Life, which is open on Bank Holidays and on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and the end of October. The building is worth visiting in its own right, with its mixture of architectural styles, it was certainly designed to make a strong visual impact when it was built in about 1679.
To add a bit of art and culture to your visit, as well as being an attractive victorian building, Settle Victoria Hall puts on a good and varied programme of drama, comedy and music events by both local and national performers, as well as dances, indoor markets and other community events. Visit www.settlevictoriahall.co.uk to see what’s on when you visit.
There is the famous Settle-Carlise railway to experience, which covers some stunning landscape including the man-made wonder of Ribblehead viaduct. Taking a drive around the hills and valleys through Ribblesdale is also a good experience and you couldn’t ask for better views.
Settle is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding Ribblesdale countryside, on foot, bike, car or even with climbing or caving gear. The River Ribble runs through Settle and adjoining Giggleswick and the newly redeveloped riverside path is accesible for all and makes for a very pleasant stroll. For a more challenging short walk, take the steep path out the back of Settle to Castleberg, the cliff that overlooks the town, and take in the stunning views. There are many paths and tracks to take from that area of upper Settle that explore the hills and valley as far as you like, even over to Long Preston or Malham.
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and close to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Forest of Bowland, it is easy to get the best of all worlds within minutes from Settle; the hustle and bustle of a small market town to the peace and beauty of the Yorkshire countryside.