Walks To And From Ribblehead And The Three Peaks AreaTo Contents
The following includes a selection of walks often making use of the excellent Leeds/Settle to Carlisle Railway service and all all based around Ribblehead and the 3 Peaks area. The Railway provides excellent opportunities for linear walks even for car owners who can travel one or two stops by train. Map reading is essential to complete these walks (see later)
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* for the benefit of car drivers all of these walks are possible from Ribblehead or Horton either as circular walks or using the train for one or two stops / bus
Train services - www.northernrailway.co.uk- (Mon -Sat) - Normal departure to Ribblehead - Leeds 0849 Shipley 0902 (Winter Timetable) arrive Ribblehead at 1006. The usual return trains are 1549 [Sat] and 1745 from Ribblehead (towards Leeds). see the Settle Carlisle website for further information Leeds-Settle-Carlisle timetable or National Rail enquiries tel 08457 484950
From 1st January 2014 Northern
Rail have agreed to permit limited interchangeabity of tickets between
the Morecambe and Settle-Carlisle lines. This means that a passenger travelling
from the Leeds direction will be able to purchase a Bentham return ticket
and use this to return from Ribblehead or travel to Ribblehead and return
from Bentham. Similarly a Clapham return ticket will permit return from
Horton [or Clapham]. The simple proviso is that the more expensive return
ticket must be purchased this being on the Morecambe line. The existing
arrangement for Settle and Giggleswick tickets remains unaltered in that
these stations are interchangeable.
In recent years Sunday services have vastly improved on the Settle -Carlisle line. However the Sunday Morecambe line service still leaves something to desired.
Also, it is worth noting that there may be slightly cheaper versions of journey prices. For instance, by booking a return ticket to Keighley (within the Metro area) taking advantage of Metro off peak fares on weekends and then Keighley to Ribblehead this can result in a saving. These can be checked out beforehand using the internet on sites such as http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
DalesBus The 581 service runs [Mon Sat] from Kirkby Lonsdale to Settle via Ingleton and Clapham leaving Kirkby Lonsdale at 1655. This is useful for walks from Ribblehead to Ingleton
The 831 Northern Dalesman departs Ribblehead on summer Sundays and bank holidays for Hawes and Swaledale. Watch for further details in 2016.
For details of other useful bus services in the Yorkshire Dales see: www.dalesbus.org
Another useful bus is the Saturday-only S1 service and seasonal Sunday S2 which run from Dent Station to Dent and Sedbergh operated by Western Dales Bus. This is an excellent service enabling various linear walks. The main Saturday bus times at the time of writing are 1020 depart Dent Sta and 1705 depart Dent on the return. In addition there are later return services in the summer. For timetable information please see
Cumbria bus times can be located through Cumbria Bus Timetables
Ribblehead Quarry Walk - a very short walk around the Natural England site. The entrance is along the former quarry access road at the far side of the railway where there is a display board describing the route which is well marked. This walk takes in some limestone scenery, flora [in May/June] and the Viking Farmstead just above the quarry. The farmstead comprises three buildings on slightly elevated ground just above the limestone karst and a short distance from the drystone wall. The site is close to the footpath gate at the rear of the quarry. The following BBC link shows a virtual tour around the settlement www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings
Ribblehead Station Visitor Centre - the station has been fully restored as a visitor centre by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust and run by volunteers of the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle Line. The centre is normally open during the summer months- Tel 01524 242584 but advisable to check their website. The visitor centre also houses the weather station [see below] a function which the stationmaster undertook for the air ministry in the past.
Settle Carlisle Partnership a useful website run by the Settle Carlisle Development Company. This contains much useful information particularly on the history of the Settle Carlisle Railway as well as details of train services and engineering works. From time special events are put on including the music train which takes place on occasional Saturday evenings in early summer [booking advised].
The Music train May 2009 both on the train and on Ribblehead platform
Also, the Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line have their own website. This cover the historical facts as well as other useful information on guided walks etc. The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line have two shops located on Settle and Appleby Stations.
In addition teas and coffees can be obtained from Ribblehead Station visitor centre [when open] as well as a tea van usually located most days in the lay-by just below the junction with the road to Settle. The 3 Peaks Cafe in Horton provides excellent refreshment.
Weather The weather forecast and current weather conditions (including cloud level) can be obtained from the following useful sites
Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.
This site was last updated on 05-Jul-2017
©John Carey 2010
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