Dales Rail Trails - Accommodation & Resources
Accommodation, Resources and Links are shown here for the area covered by the book. Inclusion is not a recommendation. The listing isn't exhaustive - if you want anything adding, please get in touch.
The Settle-Carlisle Line runs from Leeds to Carlisle. Timetables are updated twice a year. Both Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) and Friends of DalesRail (FDR) run regular free guided walks from stations along the line. The line is also the venue for ride2stride - the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival. Dalesbus services link to other dales villages.
Much of the area covered by the book falls within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Tourist Information for other areas along the line can be found for Leeds, Skipton, Sedbergh, Appleby and Carlisle.
Settle is an attractive little market town with plenty of accommodation, shops and food. On a Tuesday there’s a lively market in the town square. You may like to visit the Museum of North Craven Life in the Folly, or Settle Station where the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line have restored the old signal box (open Saturdays or by arrangement).
|Falcon Manor Hotel||Skipton Road, Settle||BD24 9BD
|Hotel on outskirts of Settle. Dogs by arrangement.|
|The Golden Lion||Duke Street, Settle||BD24 9DU
|Hotel in Settle market place. Dogs by arrangement.|
|The Royal Oak||Market Street, Settle||BD24 9ED
|Popular Pub in centre of Settle with 7 en suite rooms.|
|The Oast Guest House||Pen-y-ghent View, Settle||BD24 9JJ
|Guest House in Settle.|
|King William the Fourth Guest House||High Street, Settle||BD24 9EX
|Guest House in former pub in centre of Settle.|
|Settle Lodge Guest House||Duke Street, Settle||BD24 9AS
|Guest House close to the centre of Settle.|
|Langcliffe Park||Settle||BD24 9LX
|Campsite one mile from Settle.|
Giggleswick is a small village across the river from Settle. Giggleswick Station is a mile from the village. Most famous for its public school with its copper-domed chapel.
|The Harts Head Inn||Giggleswick||BD24 0BA
|Village Inn in centre of Giggleswick|
|Belle Hill Cottage||Giggleswick||BD24 0BA
|Two-bedroomed cttage sleeps 4/6. 50 metres from harts Head Inn. meals can be taken at the inn.|
|The Craven Arms||Brackenber Lane, Giggleswick||BD24 0EA
|Newly restored hotel 100 yards from Giggleswick railway station.|
Clapham is beautiful little village with shops and restaurants and the nearby Ingleborough Show Cave. Ingleborough Hall, former home of the Farrer family, is now an outdoor education centre. Clapham Station is just over a mile south-west of the village it serves.
|New Inn||Clapham||LA2 8HH
|18th Century Coaching Inn in village centre. Dogs welcome.|
|Brook House Guest House||Station Road, Clapham||LA2 8ER
|4-star guesthouse by Clapham Beck. Welcomes walkers & cyclists.|
|Clapham Bunkhouse||The Old manor House, Clapham||LA2 8EQ
|Bunkhouse with Cafe bar. Dogs by arrangement.|
|Lower Barn, Cold Cotes||Cold Cotes, Clapham||LA2 8HZ
|2 self-catering studio apartments for 2 to 4 people, available by the night . 3 miles from Ingleton, 6 miles from The Hill Inn, lift available by arrangement.|
Watch out for Elaine's famous farmhouse tea shop where you’ll get the best mug of milky coffee you’ll find on the whole area.
Austwick is a small prosperous village between Clapham and Settle.
|The Traddock Hotel||Austwick||LA2 8BY
|Country House Hotel in Austwick village.|
|Wood View||The Green, Austwick||LA2 8BB
|B&B in the centre of Austwick. Dogs by arrangement.|
|Dalesbridge Centre||Austwick||LA2 8AZ
|B&B, self catering, bunkhouse and camping for groups and individuals. green Tourism Gold Award.|
Stainforth Force is a series of lovely waterfalls where in October you can watch salmon leaping. There’s a campsite near the river and a few minutes walk away in the village of Stainforth a pub that does food and bed and breakfast.
A former quarrying hamlet, it is served by the Helwith Bridge Inn, where occasional camping may be available - contact the pub for details..
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with its fine railway station, is a popular base for walkers and the village has a campsite, bunkbarn and two pubs as well as Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Pen-y-ghent Cafe in the centre of the village is the traditional starting point for the Three Peaks Challenge Walk and the many walkers taking part in challenges can put accommodation in the village under pressure, especially at weekends in summer. There is now a downloadable smartphone app available, produced by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
|The Crown Hotel||Horton-in-Ribblesdale||
|Pub with 10 rooms|
|The Golden Lion Hotel||Horton-in-Ribblesdale||
|Pub with rooms and a bunk room with 15 bunks|
|Broad Croft House||Horton-in-Ribblesdale||
|4 star B&B with 3 en-suite rooms|
|Holme Farm Campsite||Horton-in-Ribblesdale||
|Campsite in village|
The railway station by Ribblehead Viaduct is very isolated, but a popular spot for walkers.
|Pub on alternative route. Five rooms plus lots of bunkhouse accommodation and tradition of wild camping at the back.|
|Gauber Bunk Barn||Nr. Ribblehead||
|Sleeps up to 12 in 3 bunkrooms. 1 family room en suite. Linen and self service breakfast available. Dogs by arrangement.|
Just down the road from Ribblehead is the tiny hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale, best known for St. Leonard’s Church where navvies and their families who died building the Settle-Carlisle railway line are buried. There are now a few b&b's in or near the hamlet. The Old Hill Inn has two letting bedrooms and is a splendid traditional pub with a reputation for good food.
|Old Hill Inn||Chapel-le-Dale||
|Pub on route. Two rooms. No single night bookings on Fridays or Saturdays. Dogs by arrangement.|
|4-Star, Gold with a Breakfast Award winning B&B on route. En-suite accommodation. Usually no single nights in high season. No pets.|
|Good quality bunkbarn accommodation directly on route with 2*twin rooms, 2*4 beds and 1*8 bedded room in a recently renovated barn.|
|Dale House Farm||Chapel-le-Dale||
|Farm B&B. 1.4 miles SW of Chapel-le-Dale. Home reared breakfast. Double/Twin/Family room. Dogs by prior arrangement.|
|Philpin Farm Campsite||Chapel-le-Dale||
|Campsite on the Three Peaks route between Whernside and Ingleborough.|
Dent Station, the highest mainline station in England, is 4½ miles from Dent village, in the parish of Cowgill in Upper Dentdale.
|Sportsmans Inn||Cowgill, Dentdale||
|Country pub at the top of Dentdale.|
|Ewegales Farm Campsite||Cowgill, Dentdale||
|Basic campsite at top of Dentdale.|
Dent is a beautiful village with a cobbled main street in one of the loveliest of all of the Dales. There are two pubs, b&bs, camping, cafes and shops in the village. The Heritage Centre is packed with exhibits and information about life in the dale and is well worth a visit. Dent’s a lively village with a lot going on - events like Dentdale Show and the Dentdale Music and Beer Festival but don’t forget there will be pressure on accommodation at these times.
|George and Dragon||Main Street, Dent||
|Hotel and pub in the centre of Dent. Dogs by arrangement.|
|The Sun Inn||Main Street, Dent||
|Pub in the centre of Dent.|
|Stone Close||Main Street, Dent||
|Guest House and Tea Room in the centre of Dent.|
|High Laning Camp Site||Dent||
|Camp site in village.|
|Conder Farm Camp Site||Deepdale Road, Dent||
|Camp site in village.|
Garsdale is not a village but a valley. There are a cluster of houses around the railway station at Garsdale Head, formerly known as Hawes Junction. as it linked with the former Wensleydale line, now being restored by the Wensleydale Railway Association.
|Moorcock Inn||Garsdale Head||
|B&B and licenced tea shop at the head of Wensleydale|
|The Old Joinery||Garsdale||
|B&B in Garsdale. Dogs by arrangement.|
|The Garsdale||Garsdale Head||
|Licensed B&B at Garsdale Head. Free taxi service to and from Garsdale Station.|
|Low Branthwaites||Frostrow, Sedbergh||
|A two double/twin bedroom apartment in 17th century Dales farmhouse set on fell side 2 miles outside of Sedbergh. Breakfast, packed lunch with power snacks and transport to and from walking trails available.|
Hawes is the highest market town in the Dales, with plenty of shops, cafes, pubs and accommodation. Market day is Tuesday. Hawes is the home of the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes Ropemakers and the Wensleydale Creamery where the cheese is made.
|Herriot's Guest House||Hawes||
|Guest House in the centre of Hawes.|
|B&B in the town centre.|
|Hotel in the centre of Hawes.|
A small farming village on the outskirts of Kirkby Stephen, a mile from the railway station.
|The Nateby Inn||Nateby||
|Country pub one mile from Kirkby Stephen, formerly the Black Bull.|
Kirkby Stephen is a Walkers are Welcome town and has all the facilities a walker could need, including banks, shops, cafes and pubs. The railway station is 1½ miles from the town centre. The former Stainmore Railway Station is now being restored, and much of the old railway trackbed is open to walkers, courtesy of the Northern Viaducts Trust and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust .
|Croglin Castle Hotel||South Rd., Kirkby Stephen||
|Nearest pub to station (1 mile away), opposite campsite, currently closed.|
|The Black Bull Hotel||Market St., Kirkby Stephen||
|Pub in the centre of Kirkby Stephen. Dogs by arrangement.|
|The Old Croft House||Market St., Kirkby Stephen||
|B&B in the centre of Kirkby Stephen.|
|The Jolly Farmers||High St., Kirkby Stephen||
|B&B in former Coaching inn.|
|Pennine View Caravan Park||Station Rd., Kirkby Stephen||
|Camping between Kirkby Stephen and the railway station.|
Long Distance Trails
The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) list over 700 long distance trails, including several which pass through the area covered by this book. These include:
The Yoredale Way - 100 miles from York to Kirkby Stephen (see LDWA entry).