From Settle to Kirkby Stephen
Grab your stamina and sense of adventure for this 4-day itinerary. With grassy trails, steep climbs, traditional dales villages and wonderful country pubs this challenging section of Trail will provide you with spectacular views and a sense of achievement that will stay with you for years.
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57 Miles/ 91.2 Km
High Hills and Moorland
Pennine Bridleway - Settle to Kirkby Stephen
Here's everything you need to help you plan your very own walking adventure. Click on the blue arrow tabs below for more information.
A good level of fitness is required to walk this section of the Pennine Bridleway. Expect grassy trails, limestone rocky pavement with some steep climbs, descents and incredible views.
Day 1 - Settle to Clapham
Day 2 - Clapham to Horton in Ribblesdale
Day 3 - Horton in Ribblesdale to Garsdale Head
Day 4 - Garsdale Head to Ravenstonedale or Kirkby Stephen
Accommodation can be found at the end of each day but it is limited so booking in advance is recommended. Use the interactive map to find accommodation.
To make your journey more enjoyable you may want to use a baggage transfer company to transport your luggage.
The nearest airports to Settle and Kirkby Stephen are Leeds/Bradford Manchester and Blackpool.
There are direct trains to Settle and Kirkby Stephen from Leeds and Carlisle where you can get good connections to the rest of the country.
We advise that you choose footwear and clothing to suit the predicted weather. The walk is remote and exposed at times so be prepared for extremes in weather, emergencies and unexpected occurrences.
Food & Drink
Settle and Clapham have shops and cafes but finding food or places to eat along the way will be quite difficult. Horton in Ribblesdale and Garsdale Head both have pubs that supply food but no shops or cafes. There are shops and cafes at Kirkby Stephen.
Be sure to plan your food and drink in advance and carry enough supplies with you for your journey.
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
View information on the map by ticking the boxes in the Map Filter. Drag the map and use the zoom tool to navigate.
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