Top 10 things to do in Ribblesdale

Dales Trail's choice of the Top ten things to do in Ribblesdale.

We’ve done Airedale and Wharfedale, so here’s the next in the series. Our top 10 things to do in Ribblesdale, one of the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. If you’ve got other ideas, let us know.

1. Visit Settle on a market day

Take a stroll round the town of Settle and enjoy the colour, bustle, cafes and restaurants. Then walk up Castlebergh Crag to take in the great views of the town and surrounding countryside.

2. Take a trip on the Settle to Carlisle Railway

Experience this famous railway journey for yourself. Travel over the Ribblehead Viaduct and up the Long Drag. The views of the Dales are stunning.

3. Experience the Ribblehead Viaduct up close

Visit Ribblehead. Check out the visitor centre at the Station for the full story of the Viaduct, perhaps enjoy refreshments there or at the Railway Inn. Then take a walk under the Viaduct, across Batty Moor and along the footpath that runs right next to the railway line.

4. Have a meal at the Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale pub

Between Ingleton and Ribblehead, Chapel-le-Dale is a tiny village with a long history. It was here that the navvies who died building the Ribblehead Viaduct were buried, and it is here, at the Old Hill Inn , that Winston Churchill used to stay during hunting, fishing and shooting holidays . The Inn is run by a family of chefs and the meals are gorgeous. You can eat in the bar or in the restaurant but whichever you choose I think you’ll love it.

5. Walk one or more of the Three Peaks

You can, of course, take the 12 hour challenge starting at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. But you can walk them individually and you can start at different places – there are plenty of paths to the top of each peak. If you are visiting the area, you have to conquer at least one, surely?

6. Go caving

The limestone-based landscape has left an amazing underground maze of caves, throughout the area. A visit to the White Scar Caves includes Battlefield Cavern, the largest show cave in Britain.

Or you can try real caving at provided courtesy of Yorkshire Dales Guides . You’ll need the right gear though.

7. Gaping Gill on Ingleborough

Gaping Gill is a massive pothole in the side of Ingleborough, through which a stream rushes to form the longest unbroken waterfall in England. You can’t go down it unless you’re visiting during the Spring or Autumn bank holidays, but you can peer down it and give yourself a fright.

8. Go round the Waterfalls Trail

Two rivers – the Doe and the Twiss – rush into Ingleton over the limestone and have created a series of lovely waterfalls along both. The clear and well made 4.5 mile path takes in all the best ones.

9. Attend the Three Peaks Fell Race

This is a race for hardened athletes but you can enjoy it even if you are not taking part. It happens around the end of April each year and the leaders will complete the course in an exhausting time of less than 3 hours. There’s plenty to do and see on the day so why not go along if you’re in the area, take in the atmosphere, get all giddy and promise yourself that you’ll take part next year …

10. Visit the Museum of North Craven Life

For the less athletic amongst us. The Museum is in Settle, based in a restored old building called the Folly. There are permanent and changing exhibitions focussing on all aspects of life and landscape in North Craven, which this area of the Yorkshire Dales is called.