Settle and Victoria Cave
Author: DogWalksYorkshire, Published: 27 Aug 2016 Rating:
North Yorkshire, Settle
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty:
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A 4 mile circular walk from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire. The highlights of this walk are the great views of Pen–y-ghent and Ingleborough, two of the three Yorkshire Peaks, great if you and your dog haven’t got time to walk up them right now – there’s always another day of course! The caves add intrigue to the walk and being so close to the Warrendale Knotts is awesome, but the best thing about this walk is how much fun your dog will have on the varied terrain and romping around the fields and grassy paths.

The terrain is rugged in places, with some gradient but nothing to worry about. You will need to negotiate several gates, some steps plus one stile. It is the Dales, so expect to see some sheep but even so this walk offers lots of off-lead time so your well-behaved pooch can enjoy romping on the lush, green paths. There are public toilets in Settle. Allow 2 hours.

The walk starts from the war memorial in Settle Market Place. From the A65 turn onto the B6480 at Lawkland or Cleatop and follow to the centre of Settle. Approximate post code BD24 9ED. There is a pay and display car park. By train – Settle station is very handy for the centre of the bustling market town, services are operated by Northern Rail. By bus, you can take Bus No. 580 from Skipton and Giggleswick operated by Pennine Motor Services or No. 581 from Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.

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Walk Sections

Start to Old Farm Building

Start point: 54.0688 lat, -2.2771 long
End point: 54.0719 lat, -2.2718 long

Starting in the market square by the war memorial with the main road to the left, head right in front of the NatWest bank towards Constitution Hill, passing the Co-op to the left. Continue on uphill, ignoring a road to your right and follow the lane as it bends to the left in front of a row of houses. Soon afterwards, take a right onto a rugged, stony track.

Follow a sign for the Pennine Bridleway and Langcliffe. The track turns to the right at a gate and starts to climb. The track is now lined by stone walls on each side. As it climbs, there are excellent views of Settle below to the left. Pass through a gate by an old stone farm building.

Old Farm Building to Lane

Start point: 54.0719 lat, -2.2718 long
End point: 54.0834 lat, -2.262 long

Continue straight ahead following the footpath sign to Winskill, while keeping the wall to the left. There may well be sheep grazing here so be prepared to put your dog on a lead. Pass through a gate onto another wall lined track, and continue ahead while enjoying the views of Pen-y-ghent in front and Ingleborough to the left.

Ignoring the stile and gate to the left, keep going steadily uphill towards a gate in the stone wall ahead. Pass through the gate and head diagonally up the rise looking for a rocky outcrop coming into view on the right. Join a track which heads towards a gate in the stone wall ahead, pass through it keeping the trees to the right while appreciating the view up the valley towards Stainforth.

Now on a clear path, keep ahead to a gate between two stone walls in the corner of the field near to the trees. Once through the gate, stay on the path with trees ahead and to your right. At the corner of the wall, turn sharp right as the path continues towards a gate by the corner of a road. Pass through the gate and follow the Public Bridleway sign to Langscar, along a lane bearing right through a gate next to a cattle grid.

Lane to Victoria Cave

Start point: 54.0834 lat, -2.262 long
End point: 54.0809 lat, -2.2497 long

Keeping the stone wall to the right, continue along the lane passing a barn and following a sign for Victoria Cave. Ignore a metal gate to the right and continue on the lane to another gate, and after passing through, take an immediate right turn following the sign to Victoria Cave.

Pass through a kissing gate and up some stone steps, before keeping ahead along the winding stony path with the wall to the right, over which great views of the Dales can be seen. There is the option to venture left for a glimpse of the entrance to Victoria Cave.

Victoria Cave to End

Start point: 54.0809 lat, -2.2497 long
End point: 54.0691 lat, -2.2772 long

Back on the path, where the wall ends, keep ahead along a grassy path ignoring another path joining from the right. Keep ahead on the clear path over a rise and enjoy fantastic views of the Southern Dales, before winding downhill towards a gate in the stone wall to the right. Pass through the gate into a rocky field and continue downhill bearing right near the bottom.

Continue on the path, keeping a stone wall to the left while following the footpath sign to Banks Lane, Settle. Cross a stile in the left hand corner of the field to cross the stone wall ahead and continue along the clear path in front, with the Warrendale Knotts to your right. At a fork, ignore the path to the right and keep ahead, soon bearing slightly right in the vicinity of a cave entrance in the rocky hillside. Pass by a tumble-down stone wall, as the path widens with magnificent views all around. The path eventually meets the stone wall to the right at a large metal gate, next to a smaller wooden gate at the side for walkers.

Pass through the gate and continue ahead, as Settle once again comes into view. The path bears left downhill to meet your outward route at the end of the lane by the stone farm building. Head back along the wall lined track and Constitution Hill to the market square at Settle.

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3 responses to "Settle and Victoria Cave"

Lovely walk however we got lost! The part where it says go through the “new gate”on the right. There was no gate so we kept going. Finally realised we must have gone wrong. Returned and found the “ new gate “ was in the ground. We only just made it back before dark.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Sorry to hear you missed the turn due to the broken gate, but glad you enjoyed the walk and made it back safely. We have removed the word new from the description to help other people. For future walks, remember the best way to avoid any wrong turns is to use the App's live GPS map, which shows your live location relative to the route so you will always know when to turn.

By susisue on 29 Dec 2017

Now I know where the saying up hill and down dale and found this walk lots of up hill but the spectacular views were worth it. Only just made it back before a squall hit us so really pleased we weren’t in the very exposed part of the walk.

By digidiverdeb on 28 Jul 2018

Very enjoyable walk, lovely views! Quite hilly - after the 2 boot walks we’ve done was surprised this was only a 3 boot... not yet done a 4 boot so intrigued to see what a 4 boot is like! Had to take a slight detour as one of the fields had a bull in it blocking the stile.

By dankirkpatri on 27 Oct 2018

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Dexy enjoying his walk