Circular and Linear Walks

Horses and riders on the Pennine Bridleway

Circular and Linear Walks

Distance: 75 km (47 miles).

Time required: two days by bike, three to four days on horse or foot.

Start point: a circular route – choose your starting point according to your transport needs. Mountain-bikers in particular may find it best to travel the Loop anti-clockwise. The route is physically challenging because it climbs up and down the steep-sided South Pennine valleys.

Access: there are good public transport links and several car parks along the route. Horse riders can use some of the car parks for loading and unloading horses. Please see map and/or website for further details on car parks.

More information is available in the leaflet.



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The Settle Loop is a 10 mile circular route that can be started and finished in Settle or joined from surrounding areas such as Malham and Stainforth. The circular loop offers stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales on foot, by bike or horse.  You can find out more in the leaflet.

The loop climbs out of the lovely town of Settle into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, traverses a wonderful limestone upland, before descending back towards Settle. The trail incorporates open grassy stretches, limestone outcrops, grass/gravel paths and quiet winding lanes.

There is plenty of car parking in Settle, and you can also reach the town by train or bus. Parking for horse boxes and trailers is possible in Greenfoot car park in Settle. There is also desingated parking for horse boxes and trailers in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority car park in Stainforth. Access from here to the loop is signposted along Goat Scar Lane.



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