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Ribble Way Section 5: Settle to Horton is a 8.3 mile point-to-point trail located near Settle, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 1,230 ft Route type Point to Point



Bird watching

Partially paved



Wild flowers


Pub walk

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The penultimate leg of the walk along the Ribble Way. There is a mini-bus service, one of those subsidised rural bus services that are in danger of being cut. This section of the Ribble really does run through walking country.  Pen Y Ghent on one side and Ingleborough on the other. You will get a great view of Pendle when looking back South as the path climbed up the side of Bargh Hill on one of its diversions away from the river. Pendle has been in view on every leg of the journey so far which is quite remarkable over the 60 miles or so covered thus far. Even so near to its source the river hardly looks much smaller than it did further downstream. Still a substantial flow of clear, peaty brown water.   On this leg much of the path does actually follow the river which is not the case with most of the Way. The huge quarries in the hills to the West of the river are controversial some regarding them as a scar on the landscape in a national park. The whole landscape is man made. Sheep farming over the centuries has created the closely cropped grassy sculptured appearance of the hills. Drainage as well as animal husbandry has altered the plant life and wild life. Quarrying is just one more activity. Once they are finished nature will quickly reclaim them.The stream of heavy quarry lorries on the road from Settle to Horton is another matter though. You can hear them all day even if you can’t see them. A pint in the Craven Hiefer at Stainforth at the half way mark was very welcome.  Nice little pub. The Ribble Way is a through trail. Check out all the other downloadable trails here:

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