Dales By Rails

The Ribbleshead Viaduct

The Ribbleshead Viaduct

This tour will give you an introduction to the Yorkshire Dales, its limestone pavements, stunning waterfalls, rolling landscape and basalt topped hills. You will cross paths with the Pennine Way, and the Dales Three Peaks routes as well as finding areas of total seclusion without a path insight.

You will be based in the quaint Dales village of Horton in Ribblesdale. It’s recommend that you arrive early on Friday afternoon to allow time to explore this lovely village, with a rich history and some very good food.

Saturday:

A leisurely start to the morning. You have the option to further explore Horton in Ribblesdale, and the Pen-y-Ghent Café the unofficial official start of the Three Peaks Challenge.

Lizzy will meet you at ten, when you’ll need take a short train ride, heading up stream to Ribblehead, giving you your first views of the Ribblehead Viaduct, a “world heritage site” showcasing some of the best of Victorian engineering.  The station is not only one of the highest mainline train stations in England, its been picturesquely restored to its former glory by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust.

There is a choice of two walks on Saturday

Harder – A more vigorous walk up Wearnside one of ‘the three peaks.’ The views on this walk are magnificent, with Cumbria and even the Lake District visible on a clear day to the West, the Dales to the North, East and South, and the Ribblehead and Denthead Viaducts closer at hand.

 

IMG_2562Easier – More of a gentle stroll walking under the masterpiece of Victorian engineering that is the viaduct, and over the tunnel though blea moor, going cross country to find cave mouths and waterfalls, as well as crossing aquaducts and following part of the Craven Way.

After the walk we will have a drink (and food if the time is right) at the Station Inn, a lovely old pub that has been serving the railway line for generations. Returning in time to catch last orders at the Crown before settling down for a well-earned good nights sleep.

Sunday Morning Lizzy will meet you at your accommodation and you will start the days walking.

Here again there is a choice of two walks:

Harder – An accent up Pen-y-Ghent. This lovely hill is one of the three largest in the Dales, and makes up part of the famous ‘Three Peaks Walk’. On a clear day there are fantastic views across the whole of the Dales. This route though quite steep mainly follows well made footpaths.

Hull Pot, a fascinating pot hole said to be the size of the Albert Hall!

Hull Pot, a fascinating pot hole said to be the size of the Albert Hall!

Easier – A geological exploration. This walk stays lower and takes in some of the delights of the Dales landscapes with wonderful views of two of ‘The Three Peaks’, limestone pavements, pot holes and shake holes as well as a large river that disappears into the ground. This low level walk really brings out the best the Dales landscape has to offer without breaking a sweat!

After the walks you will have time will retire to your accommodation, have some free time to freshen up and relax or explore. Lizzy will recommend a place for dinner that serves wonderful food that will fill your boots!

By the end of these two days you will really see why Yorkshire is ‘Gods own Country’.

 

Price:

£120 per person or £400 for a private group booking.

 

Dates:

Please contact Lizzy to discuss dates.

 

To book please go to the Booking Page.