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The Destination of the month? Settle!

Framed by stunning countryside and iconic landmarks, the quaint town of Settle is an ideal stop for walkers, outdoor lovers and those looking for peace and quiet.

Nestled in the shadow of the striking Castleberg Crag, this sleepy town is famous for its lively outdoor market, breathtaking railway line and Victoria Hall.

 

Places to visit

Settle is packed full of delights, and here are some of the highlights:

Settle Victoria Hall - This beautiful Victorian Music Hall has a wide programme of drama, comedy and music and is supplemented by community events, workshops and indoor markets. The Hall is also available for hire so makes a great venue for all sorts of events.

Settle Carlisle Railway - The 72 miles of the Settle-Carlisle line, ranked as one of the most well-known, spectacular railway journeys in the world. Trains head through the breath-taking Yorkshire Dales, into the Eden Valley and Appleby, through to Cumbria's vibrant capital city - Carlisle. You're guaranteed a great day out here.

Austwick Hall - Discover the history and art of this Tudor manor house and enjoy the tranquility of the 13 acres of gardens and woodland, set in the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. They offer guided tours of the house led by the owners and don't forget to explore the growing collection of contemporary sculpture on the woodland trail.

Yorkshire Dales Guides provide adventure activities for most ages and abilities from introductory to more advanced sessions. Caving is one of their specialties as they can offer a range of levels from introductory ones suitable for families to advanced trips. In addition to the caving, they can offer Climbing and Abseiling and also Navigation Skills from basic map & compass, GPS to National Navigation Award Scheme Gold Award accredited courses.

Being based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales provides access to some of the Country's finest scenery and one person who captures this perfectly is Steve Finch of Steve Finch Photography. Try one of his workshops or one-to-one tuitions - these can cover the basic issues of mastering manual control of your camera, allowing you to start concentrating on photography and producing cracking photography. Steve is also a local commercial photographer who provides images for businesses and organisations for their websites and advertising, including fashion, products, food and interiors.

Also, nearby, head to the glorious Forest of Bowland - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Internationally important for its heather moorland, blanket bog and rare birds, a small area of North Yorkshire lies within its boundaries. Bentham, the gateway to the Forest of Bowland, is an unspoilt but busy little place, standing on the River Wenning. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of their designation as an AONB and they have lots of events and festivals going on to celebrate this.

Shopping

There are plenty of treats you can pick up in and around Settle, including:

Buon Vino - Here, they are passionate about their product. Their aim is to find the best and most exciting wines from around the world and get them to their customers at a competitive price. They also aim to search out the smaller producers in the lesser known areas, real artisans whose attachment to the land and love for their 'metier' is profound and inspiring.

Just round the corner from Buon Vino is the delicious Courtyard Dairy. If you are looking for an extra-special cheese to enhance your table and delight your palate, pop in here and choose from a range of the finest unpasteurised cheeses to be found both locally and throughout the UK and Europe. Their mantra is to sell the best cheese available in the UK and France; and by doing so, champion the few remaining independent farmhouse cheese-makers.

The House that Jack Built - Over two floors Jack stocks a huge range of quality and traditional toys and include brands such as Melissa and Doug, John Crane, Hippychick, The GroCompany, Manhattan Toys, Moulin Roty, Haba, Plan and Le Toy Van. Jack is delighted to provide an outlet for Piccalilly a local organic childrenswear range and celebrates the area's farming roots by dedicating a section to agricultural toys and stocks Bruder and Siku lines.

Handpicked Hall in nearby Skipton is housed in the old Co-op building facing the bus station. Split across four sections, this Handpicked Hall includes; food and drink; arts and crafts; fashion and accessories and vintage. The whole shop is great, but a particular highlight is the arts and crafts section which is a fantastic exhibition space, showcasing some of the best local artists and makers from in and around the area.

Food and Drink

Fancy something to eat and drink in Settle- well there's plenty of great options from cosy pubs to tasty cafés, including:-

With home cooked food and large selection of real ales the Talbot Arms, Settle provides the perfect place to relax after a days walking or cycling in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. It also has the largest beer garden in Settle so when the sun decides to make an appearance it is the perfect place to escape.

The Helwith Bridge Inn is a traditional, independently owned, free house, real ale pub. The pub is an haven for amongst others; walkers, cavers, climbers, cyclists and campers; as well as being a meeting place for the locals of Helwith Bridge and Horton in Ribblesdale. You will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

Located in the heart of Settle, Ye Olde Naked Man Café is a unique bakery and cafe dating back to 1663 with original breads and cakes with sandwich shop and cafe selling own produce.

Food is one of the biggest passions here at The Lion at Settle. The menus are created to showcase the best local in season produce, sourced from trusted suppliers throughout Settle and the surrounding area. They believe that with great quality ingredients you don't have to try too hard, which is why our dishes are simple, but beautifully executed by the Chef, John Wild. Once you've eaten to your heart's content, you can flop on to the comfiest of beds in one of The Lion's excellent 14 rooms.

Little House Restaurant inspiration for the food here comes from all over Europe and under the supervision of two professionally trained chefs the monthly menu and chalkboard take advantage of seasonal foods. The chefs use the finest produce available, including Lune Valley lamb, Scotch accredited beef, best quality fresh fish & local fruit & vegetables. On top of this, new and old world wines, continental beers & liqueurs are available to complement your meal.

Accommodation

Although relatively small in size, Settle packs a punch when it comes to quality accommodation. Here's a few highlights:

The Traddock - has established a renowned reputation for its charm, its character and, most importantly, for its friendliness. The hotel is surrounded by the idyllic scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and provides the perfect base for walking the three peaks, climbing, touring or just relaxing. The hotel is a fine example of an elegant Georgian Country House, in the charming unspoilt village of Austwick.

The Lister Arms - Whether you choose to spend the day exploring the beautiful green countryside of Malham on foot or admire the views as you drive through the breathtaking Yorkshire Dales National Park, the heavenly aroma of home-cooked food will be waiting to tempt you across the threshold in to this friendly village inn.

Falcon Manor Hotel - is located on the outskirts of Settle; a former rectory, it is surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside. This family run hotel offers a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation, including four poster, double and twin bedded ensuite rooms.

Whitefriars Country Guest House - This is a historic house within extensive gardens, in a central location in this Yorkshire Dales market town. Ideal for exploring on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, walking, touring and cycling.

Dalesbridge Camping Park - Open all year round, with large, level, well drained camping fields, room for over 100 tents with accompanying vehicles, plus ample electric hook-up points and some all-weather, hard standing for caravans - the Dalesbridge Campsite is the perfect choice for individuals, families and groups. Dalesbridge campers are of course, happy campers!

Nearby...

There are plenty of things nearby to see and do. Including:

Malham Tarn Estate - A popular Dales beauty spot set amid rolling hills and rugged moorland. This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows provides a marvellous setting for walking, cycling or just enjoying the great outdoors. The National Nature Reserve is home to a unique community of rare plants and animals - the bird hide in particular is worth a visit.

Yorkshire Three Peaks - For those who like a real challenge, Yorkshire' superstars, the Three Peaks beckon. The Yorkshire Three Peaks walk is a famous challenge walk in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in three of the highest summits in the area; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Each of these hills is worthy of spending a day on but each year many walkers attempt to walk all three in less than 12 hours. The route is 24.5 miles (39km) long and has over 5,000 feet (1,600m) of ascent. If you make it in 12 hours or under, you can join the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club, provided you've clocked out and in again at the Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a popular starting point and has a train station, so save your energy for the walk and leave your car at home.

After all that exercise, you'll definitely want to head to The Craven Arms in Giggleswick. Nestled on the edges of the North Yorkshire Dales National Park, near the town of Settle, this family-friendly hotel, pub and restaurant is a great place to visit whilst exploring the beautiful countryside. A popular place for visitors holidaying or visiting The Dales, tourists return year after year to enjoy the local area and stay at the Craven Arms.

Main Event

Settle Storytelling Festival - 10th to 12th October 2014

The world is coming to Settle! Discover the magic of stories in Settle. This is your chance to enjoy fantastic storytelling, terrific tellers, music and much more. There really is something for everyone aged 3 - 103. Be part of it.

The Settle Storytelling Festival brings internationally known and award winning artists to Settle for families and people from all sections of the community to enjoy. In addition they also celebrate and profile the stories of Yorkshire. The audience for the festival comes from accross the UK and audiences have doubled in size since the first festival in 2010.

So head to Settle and enjoy three days of stories, ideas, laughter, music and cake in this historic market town. They're currently preparing the programme for the 2014 Festival now, so keep your eyes out for announcements very soon.