Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Walks from the train on the most scenic rail route in England. Ride the railway each day – the last major civil engineering project built entirely by navvies.
Rail & Walk
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 71254
Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.
The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.
Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.
The Settle to Carlisle railway is steeped in history and runs through 72 miles of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian landscapes between these two northern market towns, a journey through some of the finest scenery in Britain.
The route runs through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts including the iconic arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct – a triumph of Victorian civil engineering. Exploring the foot of the Ribblehead Viaduct, you can just make out the rectangular foundations of the huts where the community of navvies and their families lived and died to construct this marvel – a ghostly reminder of those who built our industrial heritage.
Our three walks take in some of the scenic highlights and heritage along the route and will include Dent to Ribblehead, a walk taking in high hills, moors, valleys – and great views. We start and finish at the stations to enjoy both the country and the train which runs through it.
Settle itself is a small market town in Ribblesdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and sits amongst beautiful countryside at the foot of Castleberg Crag. The heart of the town is the 17th century market square with a thriving market on Tuesdays. The Old Naked Man café in the square, dates back to 1663 and is one of the oldest cafés in the country.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Independent travel to the Falcon Manor Hotel in Settle. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel bar for a briefing before dinner.
We offer you three days' walking in the Yorkshire Dales with travel to and from the walks on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.
Our proposed itinerary for the holiday includes;
Dent to Garsdale - We take the train through the 2.9 km Blea Moor tunnel to Dent and descend into Dentdale, walking alongside the river Dee on the Dales Way for a short distance. Then we walk up out of Dentdale along an ancient track lined with stone walls. As we go up the views open out, back towards the railway viaducts at the head of Dentdale, and the Knoutberry Hill end of Whernside. Having reached the high point of the ridge between the two dales we strike out over the moorland and descend into Garsdale. We descend the valley for a short distance, through the village of Garsdale, along the A684, before heading back up the valley towards Garsdale station.
Along the valley we pass through woodland, cross many of the small irregular fields that line the valley, and pass a number of field barns. Garsdale station, once the junction with the now abandoned Wensleydale line, has interesting photographs of the station in its heyday and a statue of a dog, Ruswarp, the faithful companion of one of the key figures in the fight to keep the Settle-Carlisle line open.
Horton to Ribblehead - Today we take a shorter train ride to Horton in Ribblesdale, the start of the classic Yorkshire Three Peaks walk. We follow a stretch of the Pennine Way along the hillsides above the river Ribble. This is classic limestone country and as well as the stone walls we should see shake holes, entrances to pot holes and caves, and some impressive deep gills.
Having reached Ling Gill, we leave the Pennine Way to join the Ribble Way, and cross an area renowned for geologists as there are numerous drumlins, small rounded hills made up of debris from glaciers at the end of the last ice age. This stretch can be rather boggy until the deserted hamlet of Thorns is reached. This area was on a major drove route from the Dales, and we cross a dramatic packhorse bridge over a deep narrow gorge before reaching the edge of Blea Moor.
If there is time the remains of Ribblehead Viaduct construction site can be explored on the way to Ribblehead station. Although the workers villages have completely disappeared some trackways, a brickworks site, an engine inspection pit and some abandoned masonry can still be seen.
Dent to Ribblehead - We take the train from the picturesque Settle Station up the Ribble Valley and over the Ribblehead Viaduct to the highest mainline railway station at Dent. From the station we walk up a minor road to a track which skirts the high pastures and gives extensive views back down Dentdale. Along this track there are also views down to two other impressive viaducts on the Settle-Carlisle line. The route continues along the flank of Wold Fell, giving views towards Wensleydale, before descending to the head of Dentdale and the entrance to the Blea Moor Tunnel.
We then follow the line of the tunnel over Blea Moor, passing evidence of the construction of the tunnel, completed in 1874, ventilation shafts, an inclined trackway and the original spoil tips. Finally the Ribblehead viaduct comes into view, an impressive curving structure, which we pass to reach the end of the walk at Ribblehead station. If we are too early for the return train the Station Inn is a very welcome ‘waiting room’!
Independent departure from the Falcon Manor Hotel after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.
Departure dates for your selected tour
12th Sep 2021 - 16th Sep 2021 (4 Nights)
10th Oct 2021 - 14th Oct 2021 (4 Nights)
The hotel is located at the southern edge of Settle on Duke Street (the B6480) surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside. There's usually ample car parking at the hotel.
Rail travel on the spectacular Settle-Carlisle Railway line to and from the trailheads is included on all three walk days.
Settle railway station is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, by road it's about a mile away. If arriving by train, you may wish to consider pre-booking a taxi to take you to the hotel with your luggage.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The recently and stylishly refurbished three-star Falcon Manor Hotel is set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and just a few minutes walk from the centre of the bustling market town of Settle. It provides a convenient and welcoming base from which to explore the magnificent wild and protected scenery of this spectacular region of northern England.
Originally built in 1841 as a private house for the Reverend Swale on the establishment of the new parish of Settle, it preserves many original features, including the main staircase, and has been converted and tastefully furnished to create a warm and welcoming country house hotel. It also has its own bar and pool table, along with a variety of good meals.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi available in the hotel's ground floor public rooms.
Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel.
This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will involve as much as 550m of ascent and descent and daily mileage between 8 - 11 miles.
Our hotel is surrounded by magnificent walking country, rolling hills, moorland, limestone pavements, escarpments, wild valleys and geological beauty. Diverse views extend over the Yorkshire Dales to the ‘Hill of Winds’ and to Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
To reach the hotel...
By car: from Preston (M6) leave the motorway at J31 and join the A59 (signposted Clitheroe). After 13 miles at the junction for Clitheroe, take the second exit from the roundabout and continue on the A59 following signs for Skipton. At Gisburn turn left at the mini roundabout on to the A682 (signposted Settle). At the T-junction at Long Preston turn left on to the A65 (signposted Kendal, Settle). After 3½ miles take the second exit off the roundabout on to the B6480 towards Settle. After about a mile (on Skipton Road), look out for the hotel on the right hand side, just set back a little from the road.
From Skipton take the A59 (signposted Clitheroe). At Gisburn turn right at the mini roundabout on to the A682 (signposted Settle) and continue towards Settle as above.
From Ingleton (north of Settle) take the A65 until signposted for Settle, then take a left hand turn.
Continue through Giggleswick and Settle town to the other side of Settle. The hotel is situated on the way out of Settle on your left, just set back from the road.
By rail: the nearest railway station is at Settle, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Unfortunately, taxis are not available from the station to the hotel.
You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passport Information for United Kingdom
Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Lunches are at your own expense and paid locally.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Our intended walks are covered by the following map:
Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure series
OL 02 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Areas (1:25,000)
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United Kingdom
No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
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You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.
Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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