Get away to glorious Yorkshire

The historic market town of Settle can now be found near the western edge of North Yorkshire. Historically, it was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. But this gem of a destination can lay claim to being the spiritual heart of God’s Own Country. It is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. It offers plenty of scope for outdoor adventure. A rich history to explore. And more quaint little shops than you can shake a stick at!

Delve deep

Settle is perfectly situated for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stunning peaks like Pen-y-Ghent are on your doorstep. In nearby Ribblesdale, you’ll find Langdale Scar, a limestone cliff that’s famous for its ancient prehistoric caves. Many archaeological remains have been found in Victoria Cave alone.

In fact, if caves fire your imagination, you’re in luck. The landscape around Settle is full of the things. An enchanting woodland walk will take you to Ingleborough Cave. Its gorgeously lit passageways contain hauntingly beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Meanwhile, White Scar Cave is the longest show cave in Britain. Here there are magical-looking coloured stalactites. Not to mention a rock formation said to resemble a witch’s fingers!

Watery wonders

If you prefer to stay above ground, never fear. Follow the River Ribble from Settle to Stainforth Force. Here you’ll find a sublime series of waterfalls. At the right time of year, you might even see salmon leaping through the waters. Then there’s the towering Gordale Scar. The limestone ravine is more than 300 feet high and features two natural waterfalls. Finally, yet another waterfall, Janet’s Foss, can be found amid stunning woodland. The Janet in question was a fairy who apparently lived behind the water. In yet another cave!

The Yorkshire Dales National Park also has a whole lot more to offer lovers of the great outdoors. There are countless permissive footpaths and bridleways to explore on foot. And plenty of opportunities for cycling, horse riding and more. Settle is also famous for being at one end of the historic Settle-Carlisle railway. So take a ride to the nearby village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale and see the stunning 24-arch Ribbledale Viaduct. If you’re up to it, the village is also an ideal starting point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge!

Home comforts

In Settle itself, there are loads of quirky independent shops to explore. A firm favourite with kids is The House that Jack Built, which sells traditional toys. Then there are cafes and tearooms full of tempting delicacies. For kids and grown-ups alike! Amid the historic stone buildings of the town centre, there’s a bustling market every Tuesday. And there has been since 1249, so those cobbles have tales to tell. If you come in July or August, you can also marvel at the Settle Flowerpot Festival. The whole town comes alive with colour from the lovely flowers and quirky characters.

So, where to stay? Bridge End Mill is a stunning conversion with 1,2 and 3-bed apartments managed by Guestz. The former water mill overlooks the River Ribble and surrounding countryside. All units have open plan living kitchens and all modern conveniences, as well as a dedicated parking space. There’s also a communal courtyard and a bike store. As ever, if Settle sounds like the place for you, but have questions about accommodation, give us a call! We’ll be delighted to help you find the perfect apartment for your visit.