On Sunday 20th March the club visited Settle.

Les Thomson led the ‘A’ party on a 12 mile walk. Travel south on the Ribble way and then via bridleways and farm tracks onto Sugar Loaf Hill. Following on by caves to Catrigg Force . Continuing on to Stainforth Falls and then along the Ribble Way back into Settle.

Martin Murphy led the ‘B’ walk. 8 miles.

This is a very pleasant walk, mainly along good grassy paths. There are a couple of short climbs, but these don’t last long and reward us with some lovely views of Pendle Hill and the three Yorkshire Peaks. We finish with a delightful riverside path, along the River Ribble, and should be back in good time for tea with Ye Olde Naked Man ( unless he’s been arrested) We leave Settle on the A65, through Gigglewick village, and ascend up through the houses into woodland. From there we sart the first of our climbs taking it easily up onto Gigglewick Scar, which is part of the Craven Fault. Traversing along the fault we eventually bear north across th grassy plateau until we drop down into the hamlet of Feizor. Turning almost immediately back on ourselves we encounter our secong climb after which there is an easy path over the fields before we drop down into Stainforth, where we meet the river and the very picturesque Stainforth Force waterfall. From here it is a gentle walk back along the riverside path, with a short diversion to Stackhouse, before rejoining the Ribble Way back to Settle.

Hilary Turner led the ‘C’ party on a 7.5 mile undulating walk.

The first section of the walk climbs sreadily out of SAettle, following well made tracks and lanes, skirting the village of Langcliffe, then across fields around a disused quarry. The climb is mainly in this part of the route, but it is not too steep. The views make it well worth while. We then cross moorland to Catrigg Force, a spectacular waterfall on Stainforth beck where we will have our lunch. The track then takes us south across beautiful countryside past a series of caves below Brent Scar and Attermire Scar, then down across fields past Sugar Loaf hill. we then cross the Settle to Malham road and follow a track back to Settle and the car park, where we can change our boots before heading back into the village for that essential cup of tea.

If members have any interesting images from the walks,send them to me at and I will put them on the site.

My write up and images from the reccee of the ‘A’ party can be found on > Settle down.

cheers Alan

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