'Winter Dales Escape' Walking Weekend Settle, Ribblesdale
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader
Beat those Winter Blues with our 3-day walking break based at Settle in beautiful Ribblesdale in the southern Yorkshire Dales.
Spend three days with Mark Reid walking through stunning countryside and hills – blow away the cobwebs, refresh and revitalise your mind, body & soul!
- 3 days of fantastic walks in the Yorkshire Dales
- Walks planned for you and guided by Mark Reid, so you don’t have to worry about route finding!
- Mark will share his knowledge of the history, heritage & geography of the area
- Social evenings at a local pub, including a quiz night!
- Enjoy some superb winter walks, cosy pubs and crackling log fires
Meet at 1pm: welcome briefing
1:30pm – 4:30pm: guided afternoon walk through Ribblesdale, taking in Stainforth Force, Hoffman Kilns and Langcliffe (6 – 8 miles)
Evening: meal at the Golden Lion, Settle
9:30am – 4:30pm: guided walk in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in the hills, fells and limestone escarpments around Ribblesdale, including Scaleber Force, Attermire Cave, Victoria Cave and Jubilee Cave (Mid Craven Fault), Catrigg Force, Stainforth as well as amazing views (10 – 12 miles)
Evening: meal at the Golden Lion, Settle and a Pub Quiz
10am – 3pm: guided walk through Ribblesdale, taking in Stackhouse, the Celtic Wall, the Happy Valley, Feizor and Giggleswick Scar (6 – 8 miles)
3pm: farewell drink at the Golden Lion, Settle
Please note: The precise routes will be chosen on the day, given weather and ground conditions, and the preferences of the group. The above routes are examples, and may be subject to change. All timings and distances are approximate.
SETTLE – OUR BASE FOR THE WEEKEND
This walking break will be based from the lovely small town of Settle in Ribblesdale, the southern ‘gateway’ to the Yorkshire Dales amidst stunning limestone scenery. With its hidden alleyways, old buildings, Shambles and famous Naked Man Cafe, Settle is a beautiful place to visit, and the walking around Ribblesdale is superb and varied, with fascinating history, geography and geology – it lies along the Craven Fault Zone, so expect limestone escarpments, caves and glacio-karst landscapes.
We’ll explore beautiful riverside paths, numerous waterfalls, dramatic limestone escarpments, prehistoric remains, lovely villages, magnificent views and cosy pubs.
Accommodation ranges from B&Bs, hotels and pubs. We’ll send you a detailed list of accommodation when you make a booking with us.
This walking weekend will be based at the Golden Lion at Settle which is a beautiful 17th Century coaching inn that boasts a fine inglenook fireplace, perfect for a winter’s evening.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- No previous experience required as full guidance will be given.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required as the natural environment can be be demanding at times.
- All walks will include uneven ground, rough terrain, stream crossings and some steep ground; we may experience adverse winter weather conditions.
- The walks will NOT include any technical winter walking that would require specialist equipment.
- We can provide full waterproof walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 16,000 people out walking in the countryside, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk. of accident and/or injury By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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