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Settle Loop part of the Pennine brideway
Settle Loop part of the Pennine brideway
The Settle Loop - Pennine Bridleway
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A visually pleasing circular climb and descent from Settle town centre. Theres some excellent limestone scenery to be seen, passing Atamire and Great Scar, in addition to some stunning views towards The Three Peaks.

The Settle Loop is one of the first sections of the new Pennine Bridleway to be opened, which when completed will total 250 miles of packhorse routes, bridleways and drove roads connecting Derbyshire to Northumberland.

We recon this route works well only in one direction. Use the tarmac to climb, then the descent back to your start point is all off-road and downhill. The route is well signposted (look for the acorn logo), you can also get a route map from the tourist information office in Settle (or download one from here).

The ridings pleasant enough, although pretty unchallenging but the views are spectacular. In terms of terrain, the last two miles are the most fun, with some fast steep sections and natural jumps. Its a popular walk too, so watch out for other users

Best avoided on a weekend if you like your own space.


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Difficulty: rate Grin Factor: rate
Time :1.57 hrs
Distance: 9.7 mi
Offroad: 6.1 mi
Onroad: 3.5 mi
Climbing distance: 3.5 mi
Descent distance: 4.9 mi
Flat distance: 1.4 mi
Total climbing: 1807.7 ft
Terrain: Some tarmac, grassy and rocky sections, gravel bridleways. Very muddy after rain
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Start point
- GPS N 54 04.124 W 2 16.612 Settle - Accessible by train from Leeds or Bradford. By car you can park in Settle town centre for two hours (roughly the duration of the ride!)

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The Route

Start the seriously leg bursting tarmac climb out of Settle towards Atamire Scar, (Aptly named High Hill Lane) turn left onto Lambert Lane, which turns into Stockdale Lane.

At the end of Stockdale Lane turn left onto the start of the bridleway, which takes you to Twin Bottom, the highest point of the ride.

That’s it; from here it’s pretty much downhill all the way back to Settle, There’s not too much to say about this route in terms of directions because it’s so well signposted.
Just keep following the Pennine Bridleway signs.


added by: jake - Fri Aug 15


Food & stuff
Settle is full of cafes, pubs and stuff. Ye old Naked Man Café appears to attract outdoor types if that’s your thing (this region is a cavers paradise). The last time we visited we tried a town centre chippy (theres a few) and the fish was grim.




anti clockwise wins everytime. agreed
from: Anon | Sun Sep 6

this ride took a few attempts to get into it, first time was a little disapointing, but i did it last weekend late evening with nice sunsets, made it very special
from: steph | Sat Jul 11



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past Attermire Scar..
past Attermire Scar..'
past great scar...
past great scar...'
onto bridleway from stockdale lane
onto bridleway from stockdale lane'
few miles of this on the top..
few miles of this on the top..'
view towards the 3 peaks..
view towards the 3 peaks..'
through the gate
through the gate'



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