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The Six Peaks Trail

Penyghent from the station at Horton-in-RibblesdaleThe Six peaks Trail is a long distance walk of 48 miles which follows the line of the railway from Settle to Kirkby Stephen. As the name suggests, it takes in six peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside, Great Knoutberry, Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell (in mountain-bagging parlance, all six are Nuttalls and Hewitts, and all but Swarth Fell are Marilyns). .

The route divides into four sections, linking stations along the way.

  1. Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. 11.3 miles (18.2 km).

  2. Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead. 14.0 miles (22.5 km).

  3. Ribblehead to Garsdale. 11.2 miles (18.0 km).

  4. Garsdale to Kirkby Stephen. 11.9 miles (19.2 km).

This is a challenging route, with a total ascent of 3046 m involved, so good clear weather is essential.

Settle and Kirkby Stephen both make great bases for such a long distance walk, with Settle giving easier access to the railway. You can use the train to get to and back from each stage, or stay over at pubs along the way.

An interactive OS map below shows the main route. Bad weather alternatives are suggested in the book.

See the Long Distance Walkers Association entry for the walk here.



The interactive map shows the main Six Peaks Trail route (red). Alternative bad weather routes are described in the Guidebook.


Download the Six Peaks Trail GPS route file as a .gpx file by CLICKING HERE (or right-click and select "save Link as...").

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This should only be used as an AID to navigation - signals are lost and batteries fail. You should use the appropriate Skyware Guide or map, with a compass for PRIMARY navigation.