This is a relatively short walk up out of Settle and alongside Attermire Scar. Crossing Langcliffe Moor the route then descends beside Pikedaw Hill into Malham.
Starting from the Market Place in Settle, you follow the Pennine Bridle Way up onto the higher pastures above the town. The route then turns north along the base of Attermire Scar, with views of Pen y Ghent in the distance, and then onto the open expanse of Langcliffe Moor. The descent into Malham follows the side of Pikedaw Hill with views of the old strip field systems and the Cove itself.
You will experience some classic limestone scenery on this walk; crags, caves and a glimpse of the impressive Malham Cove itself. Pen y Ghent, one of Yorkshire’s famous 3 peaks can also be seen in the distance.
Safety informationThis is a fairly hazard free walk. The descent from Langcliffe Moor into the small valley by Pikedaw Hill is steep in places and could be slippery when wet and muddy.
Tips and hints
Settle is a small market town with a full range of facilities. There are several hotels, pubs and cafes as well as local shops and a supermarket to stock up with supplies. There is a bank, cash point facility and a pharmacy. There are no opportunities for refreshments on the route so be sure to carry what you need, i.e. a picnic and plenty of water.
Points of Interest
This is a prominent carboniferous limestone rock outcrop on the outskirts of Settle. It is a local beauty spot and viewpoint, marked with a flag pole.
Settle to Carlisle Railway
At 72 miles long this is one of the most iconic railway journeys in the UK. Crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct and through Blea Moor Tunnel, superb views are afforded of the “Yorkshire 3 Peaks” of Ingleborough, Pen y Ghent and Great Whernside.
Museum of North Craven Life
Situated in the centre of Settle the museum celebrates the story of the local people, landscape and the way of life in the area.
Sturdy boots or walking shoes are recommended as the terrain is rough and muddy in places. Walking poles may be an advantage on the descent by Pikedaw hill if preferred. The weather is changeable in the Dales so waterproofs should be carried especially as the moorland sections are fairly exposed.