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Settle to Clapham

Route Details

  • From/To: Settle Train Station to Clapham Train Station
  • Distance: 10 miles one way (approximately 2 hours)
  • Type: On quiet roads. Please note that there is a 3 mile steady climb at the start of this route.
  • Access: Settle and Clapham Train Stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 68

Route Description

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 mile (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 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 a 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!

Map

Download a free map of the route here.

Things to see and do

  • Swarth Moor, views of Pen-y-ghent
  • Stainforth Force Waterfall
  • River Wenning
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Longitude: 
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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.

Length: 
10 miles