This beautiful and spectacular ride runs along the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales with views over towards Lancashire and the Forest of Bowland. From the vibrant market town of Settle, it passes along quiet country lanes through the beautiful village of Austwick to arrive in Clapham, with its cafes and nature trail. From Clapham, you can return to Settle by the same route or jump on a train.
Settle to Clapham is part of the 170 miles (274km) Way of the Roses coast2coast route.
To follow this route, exit historic Settle Station, turn right and left at the T-junction to reach the middle of Settle. Leave the Market Square on the main street in the direction of Giggleswick. Continue over a bridge and past Settle School. Turn right into Stackhouse Lane, and follow the National Route 68/ Way of the Roses sign.
Follow this road through Little Stainforth up to Swarth Moor where there are fine views of Pen-y-Ghent. You can visit Stainforth Force, a National Trust waterfall, on the route.
The main climb over, descend a series of sweeping bends to the lovely village of Austwick and its comfortable pub, shops, and playground, the obvious place to stop for refreshments and rest.
Out of Austwick, continue until the main A65. Take the signed off-road cycle path avoiding this road. Re-join the road into the village of Clapham with yet another fine pub and a choice of cafes all grouped around an attractive old bridge over the River Wenning.
To return by train, go down Station Road signed to Clapham Station. Cross the A65 via an underpass and continue to the Station. If you’re feeling energetic, retrace the route to Settle!
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.