Sunday, 28th May2017


Settle town to the caves of Attermire Scar and Warrendale Knotts. Descent to the villages of Langcliffe and Stainforth to explore the Craven Lime Works, then crossing the River Ribble to Feizor, past Smearsett Scar and return by Giggleswick Scar. The walk criss-crossed the Craven Fault and footpaths including the Dales Highway, Ribble Way, Pennine Bridleway and Pennine Journey.
Our return to Settle should have been across the fields to join the riverside path, but this was inaccessible so we made the short diversion by road via Giggleswick.
Recent local industries gave added flavour to the day: Yorkshire Curd Tart (milk curds, currants, lemon in a pastry shell) as an early starter and local ice cream to complete the day.

Start Point: Greenfoot Car Park, Settle Grid Reference: SD 820 634
Distance: 13 miles Ascent: 2,400 feet
Time: 7 hours

Perfect walking conditions. A cool and cloudy morning, ideal for the ascent. By lunch time, the cloud had cleared to blue skies and sunshine, tee-shirt weather for the rest of the day.


A group of seven today, enjoying straightforward, well-worn heritage pathways across Ribblesdale; limestone country which is shaped by centuries of human use of the local resources of rock for quarrying, soil for farming, water for power and industry and even caves for shelter.
Long before Settle was a thriving market centre, these dales were well-populated and there are signs of this all along today's route

Good climbing weather, ascending from Settle and gaining views across the dales.

This footpath conceals a secret beneath it ...

A Cattle Creep underneath for livestock to move between fields. Investigated by John, and currently blocked by a gate, it is deemed to be a fine piece of dry stonework.

Ian models one of many kilns whilst John continues his investigative approach.

Cloud covers the tops of Warrendale Knotts, right, adjacent to Attermire Scar on the left, part of the Middle Craven Fault, a tear in the earth's surface along which land slipped in a series of massive earthquakes

Victoria Cave, typically limestone country. A little further along the path is Jubilee Cave.

The information board suggests previous occupants being hippopotamus and on!

We all made it into this photo taken by a helpful passer-by

Descending to Langcliffe, the 'Strenuous' group quash the idea that we always rush along our route, this plant sale grabbing everyone's attention

Another interlude to explore the Craven Lime Works

My favourite, the impressive Hoffman Kiln, built in 1873 with 22 individual chambers which burned continuously, a six week circuit. The kiln closed permanently in 1939.
Today the enormous kiln sparkled in the sunlight, as if decorated with a million fairy lights

The huge interior is in excellent condition and can be walked right around

Those 'fairy lights' are flowers, probably,
but unconfirmed Sow Thistle, of the daisy family

Sow Thistle is prolific in bare and waste places

Also growing on the sides of the kiln is clover and wild strawberry, and lots of snails too

Further along the site, we looked at the disused tramway

A short step now, to the waterfalls on the River Ribble

Ideal for lunch in the sun, but time for trippers to appear, so we're ready for off again

Towards Feizor.
"I thought it is 'Mist Over Pendle' "
"That's Mist over Pen y Ghent".

An old and fragrant hawthorn

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