This walk starts with an exploration of the Craven Lime Works in Ribblesdale a remarkable site of industrial archaeology.  Developed in the mid-19th century to produce lime to meet the huge demand for construction and agriculture its Hoffman Lime Kiln is one of the wonders of the Victorian age. 


Start: Settle Town Centre Whitefriars Car Park.BD24 9EA

Fact file:  

Distance: 9miles 16.6k 

Time: 4 - 6 hours

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


Map by kind permission of Johnston Press 

1. From the car park turn left onto Church Street, pass below the railway viaduct and then keep ahead at the junction with Langcliffe to cross the River Ribble.


On its far side turn right onto the Ribble Way.  


This takes you past the playing fields of the High School to lead you across meadows


on an obvious path


to reach Stackhouse. Turn right on Stackhouse Lane


and then in a little under 500yds turn right onto a track which leads back to the river. Cross the footbridge


and then almost immediately turn left over a wall stile


and follow the footpath leading through fields to Stainforth Road close to a large commercial site. Turn left and then right on a lane


leading under the Settle - Carlisle Railway. Just before the next corner turn left onto a footpath


which leads onto the Craven Limeworks Trail. This takes you alongside the railway bringing you to an area of open space near cottages. The Hoffman Kiln is on a rise to the left. From the outside


there does not appear to be anything remarkable about this structure but enter it through one of the arched openings and it becomes a different story.


The vast cloistered cavern with its 22 burning chambers is unique to Britain and one little known to the millions of visitors attracted to the Dales.  The main route is to the left of the kiln and after crossing a small footbridge


climbs up a level and soon reaches another grand design - the triple draw kiln standing in a wooded area near the railway. Turn up the roped stairway


to the top of the kiln turn left and continue on the trail to a wooden stile on the northern edge of the site.


Cross this and follow the footpath across meadows to reach Stainforth Road. Turn right. 

2. Keep on Stainforth Road past the village and car park and then cross to turn left down a narrow lane


- Dog Hill Brow - towards Little Stainforth. The lane takes you over the railway and then across the river


to climb up a hill to a crossroads at Little Stainforth. Keep ahead


and after cottages on the right go through a wooden gate on a footpath in the direction of Feizor. The next section is the most strenuous of the walk. The path leads upwards


for almost ¾ of a mile


with the effort more than compensated by lovely views of the Dales especially towards Pen-y-ghent. As it levels off


it passes below impressive crags on the right - Smearsett Scar and Pot Scar and then descends to Feizor. After crossing a ladder stile on the right continue the descent to a gate on the far left corner of a large field.  


Pass through a farmyard to reach the village at a point conveniently close to Elaine's tearoom. You must not resist the temptation to patronise this excellent establishment.


3. If for some unaccountable reason you did not sample the fare at Elaine's turn left on Kiln House Lane (or right out of the tearoom) and in a short distance turn left onto a bridleway between houses


leading into pastures. Another climb follows but not as steep as the one that brought you to Feizor.


After 600yds at a signpost


bear left on a bridleway in the direction of Buck Haw Brow. Keep on this for 1000yds as it crosses enclosures



to arrive on the edge of Giggleswick Scar. At a point before the path drops very steeply towards the road below turn left on a path that follows the edge of the scar towards Settle.


This undulating route is a delightful way to end the walk with lovely views to the south where Pendle Hill is easily seen on the horizon. The path brings you to the edge of a large quarry.


Bear left and after working your way to its far side follow a wall down


to a track that enters Lord Wood through a metal gate.


Keep ahead on the track to reach a residential area - Mains Road.


Continue to the end and then turn left for Settle.  


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