Sitting with my feet propped up by a roaring open fire, tucking into some local ‘scran’ and sipping from a fine selection of real ales, it’s hard to imagine what more the Yorkshire town of Settle, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, could possibly offer. It’s a location that provides the perfect ending to an afternoon’s hiking up the 2273 foot-high local fell of Pen-y-ghent. Amidst ancient landscapes of historic limestone, Pen-y-ghent is the smallest of the well-known ‘Three Peaks’ (the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside), local landmarks, which attract many a hiking enthusiast, some attempting to complete the challenge of walking all three in a day!
Settle might not be a world-renowned destination, but it certainly provides more than enough spectacular scenery in every direction to keep your camera busy. A perfect place to make a refuelling stop when hiking any one of the Three Peaks. Standing at the summit of the likes of Pen-y-ghent and glimpsing across at the Pennine Fells, you’ll be tripping over your own feet as you’re spoilt for choice with the range of beautiful hiking routes in the area. Ranging from low level valley walks to high level limestone scrambles, there’s also a plethora of good climbing to be had – a stone’s throw from the market square. At Tiplr we can honestly say that taking a route ‘off the beaten track’ and ending up here, will not leave you shy of stunning scenery.
If that description is still not quite enough to start packing your rucksack, map and camera, then perhaps adding a little Lycra into the mix, will. The bustling market town is also about to be put on the road cycling map. This April-May (2016) it will host an anticipated crowd of one million spectators from all over the world, gathering to watch the first stage of ‘Le Tour de Yorkshire’, a 2.1 (stage) event of the UCI Europe tour.
Photo Credit: Rose-Hannah Lishman