The walk begins and ends in Settle a small, market town in the Craven District of the Dales, probably best known for being the starting point of the Settle to Carlisle railway and being the gateway to the 3 peaks country.
Our day includes a fell walk to visit Catrigg Force, a lovely hidden waterfall before walking to the ancient Victoria Cave and then the traversing the stunning limestone scenary of Attermire Scar before returning to Settle.
The beauty of this walk is that the hard work is out of the way early on! The walk leaves settle and follows a steep bridleway up onto the fell. We then walk to the beautiful waterfall that is Catrigg Force, surrounded by a quaint wood before walking past Attermire Scar a long limestone escarpment.
The walk passes the two famous caves - Jubilee Cave and Victoria Cave. Victoria Cave was first discovered in 1837 and have been classified as “bone caves” after the wealth of animal bones some as old as 130,000 years found, including hippos, rhinos, elephants and spotted hyaenas dating from the Upper Pleistocene. The Cave also contained remnants of a hibernating bear and an antler harpoon point dating back from 11,000 years ago – which is one of the earliest records of human inhabitation of the Yorkshire Dales.
The limestone formations from here onwards are some of the most outstanding in the Yorkshire Dales – with perfect examples of outcrops and limestone pavement.
After a few miles or so walking along the Scar, we lop round back into Settle for some hard-earned refreshments.