Monday, 10 October 2016

Settle Limestone Walk

This lovely walk takes in the best scenery around the Settle area.  Roger, Les, Carol, Ken F, and Heather started on the most beautiful day of October sunshine.  The first main attraction of the walk was a tour above a very large limestone quarry leading to Schoolboys Tower.  The quarry seems to be disused and will be a useful climbing area in the future when agreements are made to climb on its fine, long, limestone lines. Undulating ground westward and northwards took us to the tiny village of Feizor.  A tiny cafe was open but we had more important trekking to go eastwards to the Craven Arms pub at the village of Stainsforth. 

After the meal, we ascended the track near Stainsforth Beck to see Catrigg Force waterfall.  It was here that the planned continuation walk plans began to unravel.  The planned route would visit the caves and limestone cliffs of Attermire Scar but Les was suffering from a hip problem and the easier option was to follow the River Ribble, where salmon were said to be leaping up the waterfalls, to Settle.  There were many groups of people by the waterfalls but they were probably disappointed.