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A charming market centre at the heart of Ribblesdale, Settle makes an excellent base for those looking for a relaxing Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage break. Famous as the starting point for one of the most scenic rail routes in the country, the 72-mile Settle to Carlisle railway, the village is a bustling market town in the midst of astonishingly beautiful countryside.
The area is a walker’s paradise, with any number of walks and rambles, from the gruelling Three Peaks to a series of local circular strolls around Settle, and every other level of ramble in between. Equally, mountain bikers, cavers and horse riders will be well served here.
The village itself offers plenty of outdoor shops catering for all needs, as well as some interesting speciality shops and plenty of good places to eat and drink, centred around the market square and the historic, three-storey building known as the Shambles, which has shops on two levels and homes on the third. Pubs in the town and surrounding villages offer local and national ales and a warm Yorkshire welcome.
The Folly Museum offers the visitor an extensive insight into the life of North Craven, including a large exhibit on the construction of the famous Settle-Carlisle railway. Visitors to the town can enjoy superb vistas of the Dales countryside by climbing Castleberg, the limestone crag that towers above the town, or by taking a return journey to Appleby on the Settle-Carlisle railway.
From Settle, many of the Dales’ tourist attractions are within easy travelling distance, such as Skipton castle, Bolton Abbey, the limestone pavements and cliff at Malham Cove or Gordale Scar.
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