Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Walk: Settle, Warrendale Knotts, Victoria Cave, Langcliffe, Craven Lime Works, Stainforth, then following the River Ribble to return to Settle Market Place
Start Point: Settle Greenfoot car park Grid Reference: SD 820 634
Distance: 10.3 miles Ascent: 1,519 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: Perfect! A cool start and pleasant sunny day with excellent clear views across limestone country.

With the prospect of a longer-than-usual Long Wednesday Walk, nine of us enjoyed a wonderful late summer day in the Yorkshire Dales.
An early climb took us to Warrendale Knotts and Attermire Scar, passing caves and lime kilns to descend to Langcliffe for a dignified lunch on the village green.
Stopping again at the Craven Lime Works to admire the massive and well-preserved Hoffman Kiln, built in 1873 and closing permanently in 1939, we walked around the 22 individual chambers. Internally it is the size of a football pitch and burned continuously on a six week circuit. The site also has a tramway and other industrial remnants, all with excellent information boards.
A short stroll into Stainforth, we crossed the River Ribble at the picturesque falls. Along the river bank we returned to Settle across the weir by the mill on the outskirts of the town, with our customary ‘tea and cake’ stop at the long-established Ye Olde Naked Man for Yorkshire Curd Tart and other delights.

Ready for anything, with the promise of a fine day

"Two minutes" (five minutes ago) No need to rush.

Victoria Cave, left of centre, flanked by another cave further left; worth exploring

Locating our position over lunch beneath a rowan tree

Leaving Langcliffe, these drystone wallers were doing a wonderful restoration job

We were impressed!

Just one of the entrances to the Hoffman Kiln

David begins exploration of the kiln

...and, being Fylde Ramblers, we were properly equipped

Crossing the weir on the River Ribble, we returned to Settle

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