Sunday, 3rd April 2016

Walk: Settle, Stainforth Force,  Catrigg Force, Jubilee Cave, Victoria Cave, Warrendale Knotts, Attermire Scar, Blua Crags.
Start Point: Indoor Swimming Pool Car Park, Kendal Rd Grid Reference: SD 819 636
Distance: 8.3 miles Ascent: 1,300 feet
Time: 5 hours
Weather: A  dull start but considering the weekend downpours, the day turned out fine and dry.
Comments: 11walkers set out from the Swimming Pool Car Park taking the signposted route to Stackhouse. We crossed open farmland and although the route was quite muddy there were plenty of opportunities to keep relatively clean as there was a light rain overnight creating the odd puddle.
We followed the River Ribble, the only river which originates in the Yorkshire Dales and heads West into Lancashire. We followed this unique river upstream for 3 miles sticking pretty close to its west bank until we reached the area of Stainforth Force where we stopped for a coffee break. The Force begins as  a series of small cascades followed by a final slightly larger one of approximately 4 feet, this is an area known for catching sight of salmon leaping in the breeding season around October November, sadly not on our walk.
We then left the course of the river crossing a stone bridge and walking into Stainforth. There was then a strong upward pull eastwards  via a road track up to Catrigg Force, a magnificent hidden waterfall. The waterfall hides from view in a deep sunken gorge surrounded by a copse of trees. We walked down to take in the sight of the rushing waters of the force and surrounding scapes. We headed off taking a track south across to Upper Winskill and on along a quiet road in the area of Winskill Stones where we stopped for lunch. This is an area of 74 acres of limestone grassland and limestone pavement. After lunch we headed to more limestone outcrops and an area of scree caused by Brent Scar. A hole in the scar, very famous, which is the entrance to Victoria Cave. It was discovered by chance in 1837 when early excavations  by the Victorians uncovered areas of bones all of which were animal, probably Heyenas using the cave as a den and dragging scavenged bones back to it.
We continued along the scar bringing into view Warrendale  Knotts a unique shaped trio of cones. We continued along a path which was part scree covered which levelled off  to view the outcrops of Attermire Scar. Probably the best part of the day to view this magnificent sight. Along our path which started our descent back to Settle we looked down on the town from the area known as Blua Craggs and enjoyed the rooftop views as we descended into Settle and the finish of our days walk.

Starting out

First stile

Weir at Millwood Cottages

A little boot cleaning

Stainforth Falls

Coffee at Stainforth Falls

Stainforth Bridge

The climb to Catrigg

Catrigg Force

Winskill Stones

Stainforth Village

Pen-y-Ghent maybe

Attermire Scar

Sugar Loaf Hill

Bomber practice

Leaving Attermire Scar

Last look back

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