R2S Archive 2012 - 2018

Ride2Stride - the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival


Walks 2012

Every day of the festival there are a number of walks on offer, all leaving from stations along the line.

The walks are organised by different groups, each one led by an experienced walk leader.

Most start directly from the station, where you will be met from the train by your walk leader.

A few walks begin with a train ride (marked *t) - meet at the station to catch the train to the next station and walk back. A few walks include a bus ride, to extend the range of the walks (marked *b - an additional fare is payable).

The walks are graded according to the effort required and the difficulty of the terrain - see examples opposite.

In each case you should arrive properly prepared with good walking boots and clothes (including waterproofs) and enough food and drink for a full day.

Guided walks

There are also some easy guided walks for you to enjoy:

Guided Tour of Old Settle Town with Bill Mitchell
Monday, May 7, 10.44, Settle (1 mile, Easy).

A short walk around old Settle with former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell, taking in the railway station, one of the few remaining old yards of the town, the market place with its curious buildings -the Naked Man and the Shambles - returning via the appropriately named Station Road.
Bill Mitchell and the Shambles, Settle
A guided tour of Ribblehead Viaduct
Wednesday May 2, 10.25, Ribblehead (3 miles, Easy)
& Monday May 7, 10.25, Ribblehead (3 miles, Easy)

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 ft below. Join the Ribblehead Tour to look at the archaeological sites and history of the Viaduct. Hear how the navvies lived and built this tremendous structure with assistance from steam cranes and muscle power. Places visited will include the site of Batty Green shanty town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone-sorting area and the Viaduct itself.
There's an optional extended tour (5 miles, approx 4 hours) of the Ribblehead Viaduct site and a visit to the Force Gill aquaduct from where the entrance to Blea Moor Tunnel can be viewed - bring a packed lunch - Moderate.
Meet at the Ribblehead Station Heritage Centre.
(Walk leader - Peter Davies). Please note - there is a charge of £3.00 for non rail users joining these tours.

Ribblehead Viaduct


Walk grades

Walks are graded according to the level of effort required and the difficulty of the terrain. If in doubt, try an easy walk first.

EASY - Leisurely walks with regular stops for viewing & refreshment. Any climbs will be of modest gradient & length.

Limestone and Scars
Tuesday, May 1, 09.50, Settle (7.5 miles).
To Feizor and Giggleswick Scar across the Craven limestone.
Above Giggleswick Scar

MODERATE - These cater for the more experienced walkers. Expect a full day at a steady pace. You may well encounter steeper gradients & more difficult terrain.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle via Crummackdale
Saturday, May 5, 10.56, Horton-in-Ribblesdale (10 miles)
Horton - Moughton - Crummackdale - Wharfe - Feizor - Settle.
Path from Wharfe to Crummack

STRENUOUS - A full day’s walk at a brisk pace, you probably will encounter steep slopes and difficult terrain. The walk may also include yomping and/or short scrambles. There could be time constraints.

Eastern edge of Mallerstang - Kirkby Stephen to Garsdale (*t)
Monday, May 7, Garsdale, 10.00 (14 miles)
This walk traces the eastern edge of Mallerstang and includes Nateby Common, Mallerstang Edge, High Seat, Hugh Seat, Ure Head and Bubble Hill. Meet at Garsdale station to catch the train to Kirkby Stephen (10.21), walk back to Garsdale. Finish with music at Moorcock Inn. (2,650 ft ascent).
Along Mallerstang Edge

Whilst walk leaders take every care, your comfort and safety are your own responsibility.