Ribblesdale

Ribbledale, home of the Ribblehead Viaduct, The famous Three Peaks, the Settle to Carlisle railway and a rnetwork of caves and potholes.

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct


Ribblesdale is named after the River Ribble which starts its journey near the famous Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire. Nearby are the Three Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

The river flows along the valley through villages like Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Helwith Bridge, Stainforth, Langcliffe and Settle before turning into Lancashire and the Ribble Valley, finally entering the Irish Sea near Lytham St Annes and Southport.

 

Location

Map of Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales

Landscape … and a bit of history

The head of valley is dominated by the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct which draws large numbers of tourists each year. Ribblesdale itself is characterised by limestone outcrops, the large rounded hills that make up the Three Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside and an extensive network of caves and potholes.

The upper valley is poor farming land so there are few settlements and only scattered farms. Lower down the valley, however, the number of settlements and farms increase. Here farming has been the main activity for a thousand years since the Vikings settled in the area. Roads, lanes and tracks were created by the Romans, by monks from the major abbeys in the wider area, and extended in medieval times. Many of these ancient tracks are now green lanes to other of the dales like Wharfedale and Wensleydale.

Major towns & villages – an overview

Ribblehead
The Three Peaks
Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Settle
Ingleton