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Walks To And From Ribblehead And The Three Peaks AreaTo Contents

The following includes a selection of walks often making use of the excellent Leeds/Settle to Carlisle Railway service and all all based around Ribblehead and the 3 Peaks area. The Railway provides excellent opportunities for linear walks even for car owners who can travel one or two stops by train. Map reading is essential to complete these walks (see later)

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 for the benefit of car drivers all of these walks are possible from Ribblehead or Horton either as circular walks or using the train for one or two stops / bus

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  • Ribblehead Viaduct / Ribblehead Station in Winter

Information: Equipment: All walks have significant exposure even in Summer. Full equipment including boots, waterproofs, map and compass would be advisable

Maps: Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 2 -Yorkshire Dales- Southern and Western Areas 1:25,000


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  • Looking towards Ingleborough from Ribblehead Station in summer/Ribblehead Station late Summer evening

Travel Information:

Train services - Northern Rail - (Mon -Sat) - Normal departure to Ribblehead - Leeds 0849 Shipley 0902 (Winter Timetable) arrive Ribblehead at 1006. The usual return trains are 1549 [Sat] and 1745 from Ribblehead (towards Leeds). see the Settle Carlisle website for further information Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable or National Rail enquiries tel 08457 484950

From 1st January 2014 Northern Rail have agreed to permit limited interchangeabity of tickets between the Morecambe and Settle-Carlisle lines. This means that a passenger travelling from the Leeds direction will be able to purchase a Bentham return ticket and use this to return from Ribblehead or travel to Ribblehead and return from Bentham. Similarly a Clapham return ticket will permit return from Horton [or Clapham].The simple proviso is that the more expensive return ticket must be purchased this being on the Morecambe line.The existing arrangement for Settle and Giggleswick tickets remains unaltered in that these stations are interchangeable.

In recent years Sunday services have vastly improved on the Settle -Carlisle line.  However the Sunday Morecambe line service still leaves something to desired.

Also, it is worth noting that there may be slightly cheaper versions of journey prices. For instance, by booking a return ticket to Keighley (within the Metro area) taking advantage of Metro off peak fares on weekends and then Keighley to Ribblehead this can result in a saving. These can be checked out beforehand using the internet on sites such as http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

  • Ingleborough seen from Whernside

DalesBus The 581 service runs [Mon Sat] from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle via Ingleton and Clapham leaving Kirkby Lonsdale at 1655. This is useful for walks from Ribblehead to Ingleton

The Northern Dalesman departs Ribblehead on summer Sundays and bank holidays for Hawes and Swaledale

For details of other useful bus services in the Yorkshire Dales see: www.dalesbus.org

Another useful bus is the Saturday-only 564A service which runs from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh operated by Western Dales Bus. This is an excellent service enabling varous linear walks. The main bus times at the time of writing are 1020 depart Dent Sta and 1515 or 1705 depart Dent on the return, Whilst recently under threat this service has been confirmed for the foreseeable future. In addition there are later return services in the summer. For timetable information please see http://www.dalesbus.org/564A.html and www.dalesbus.org for service updates

Cumbria bus times can be located through Cumbria Bus Timetables

Other travel information-   A useful link for travel services in the Dales- www.traveldales.org.uk -This includes all bus and train services.

Ribblehead Quarry Walk - a very short walk around the English Nature site. Whilst I have not described it here the English Nature website contains an informative guide - download through www.naturalengland.org.uk. This walk takes in some limestone scenery, flora [in May/June] and the Viking Farmstead just above the quarry. This comprises three buildings on slightly elevated ground just above the limestone karst and a short distance from the drystone wall. The site is close to the footpath gate at the rear of the quarry. The following BBC link shows a virtual tour around the settlement www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings

  • Showing the remains of one of the smaller Viking buildings

Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre - the station has been fully restored as a visitor centre by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust and run by volunteers of the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle Line. The centre is normally open during the summer months- Tel 01524 242584 but advisable to check their website. The visitor centre also houses the weather station [see below] a function which the stationmaster undertook for the air ministry in the past.

Settle Carlisle Partnership a useful website run by the Settle Carlisle Development Company and the Friends of The Settle Carlisle with links to other sites. This contains much useful information particularly on the history of the Settle Carlisle Railway as well as details of train services and engineering works. From time special events are put on including the music train which takes place on occasional Saturday evenings in early summer [booking advised]. The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line shop is located on Settle Station

The Music train May 2009 both on the train and on Ribblehead platform

Local hostelries include the following:-

  • Station Inn at Ribblehead
  • Hill Inn at Chapel le Dale
  • Crown and Golden Lion Inns at Horton in Ribblesdale
  • The Sportsmans Inn at Cowgill
  • Helwith Bridge Inn, Helwith Bridge
  • Golden Lion, Royal Oak, Talbot and Thirteen Cafe Bar in Settle
  • Moorcock Inn, Garsdale Head
  • Wheatsheaf, Masons Arms, Ingleton

In addition teas and coffees can be obtained from Ribblehead Station visitor centre [when open] as well as a tea van usually located most days in the lay-by just below the junction with the road to Settle. The 3 Peaks Cafe in Horton provides excellent refreshment.

Weather The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from the following useful sites

Metcheck the forecast and current conditions for the Whernside range of hills

Ribblehead weather station up to the minute status of the local weather

Met office forecast for Yorkshire Dales a very useful site

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

This site was last updated on 03-Jan-2015

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