Settle is one of those gorgeous towns in the Yorkshire Dales that makes you want to come back again and again so we were very excited recently to launch two new fabulous cottages in the area, Dugdales Barn and Stepping Stones Barn. What better reason to arrange another visit to the town?
Here are our top five reasons to visit Settle:
1. The historical town
Settle is a wonderful example of a market town in the Yorkshire Dales. You’ll find quirky independent shops and cafes along with a bustling market that takes place every Tuesday (the charter for the market dates all the way back to 1249). Surrounded by beautiful Dales' countryside we think it makes a great base for exploring this fabulous part of the world.
The town itself is full of historical buildings dating all the way back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and many of them are Grade II listed. Buildings to look out for include Settle Victoria Hall, a Victorian music hall that houses various concerts throughout the year, and The Shambles with its six distinctive arches which is home to a variety of local shops.
One of the highlights of the year is the Settle Flowerpot Festival which transforms the town into a riot of colour every July and August with quirky characters and pretty flowers. Other events include the Settle Folk Gathering in September and the Settle Stories Festival in April.
2. Settle to Carlisle Railway
Settle is the starting point for this world famous railway journey and while you don’t need to travel all 73 miles to Carlisle, we do think it is worth travelling at least part of this route by train. Originally constructed in the 1870s it is still considered to be a masterpiece of Victorian engineering.
Highlights include the Ribbledale Viaduct, an iconic structure which is 400 metres in length, 32 metres in height and with an impressive 24 arches situated in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, a popular starting point for the Three Peaks challenge.
3. Stunning countryside
One of the big draws of Settle for many visitors is its location right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It is an ideal base for tackling the three peaks of Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Other points of interest include Castleberg Crag, a limestone cliff that towers over Settle and Gordale Scar - a huge gorge with two waterfalls that you can climb up and explore.
Stainforth Force is just north of Settle and is a very pretty waterfall on the River Ribble. Watch closely and you may even spot some salmon jumping through the water on their journey up the river.
Ingleborough Cave is full of historical artefacts that date back millions of years and has been open to the public since 1837. Enter through the imposing cave entrance and you’ll see beautiful icicle-like rock formations and streams of still water.
4. Eating and drinking
You’ll be spoilt for choice of places to eat and drink in Settle and one of the most popular (and intriguingly named) establishments is Ye Olde Naked Man Café, which was originally built as an inn in 1663 and now serves a selection of homemade bread, cakes and meals to their customers. Tales about the name include a legend that a naked man was buried underneath the building and that it was once home to an undertaker.
The Lion pub is housed within another historic building (dating from 1640) and features of the building include an inglenook fireplace and historical pictures of the town. Other pubs include The Royal Oak which has been recently refurbished and The Talbot Arms which has a large beer garden for those sunny summer days and a wood-burning fire for when it is chillier. All three pubs offer a great selection of real ales, home-cooked meals and lots of character!
5. Gorgeous Cottages!
There are now two Gorgeous cottages in the heart of Settle and we think they are both very special indeed.
A beautifully converted 19th-century historical barn in the heart of Settle. This two-bedroom cottage has double height living space and exposed beams for real wow factor.
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