Waterfalls and Cave Walking, North Yorkshire

Get walking and see stunning views of the Three Peaks

North Yorkshire provides some stunning opportunities for walking and cave walking. This excellent walking route takes in the village of Langcliffe, and climbs up the moors for views of the Three Peaks. You can then head for the spectacular Catrigg Force waterfall, and then into the limestone cliffs above Settle.

Name and location of route: Waterfalls and Cave Walking, North Yorkshire
Distance: 5.59 miles (9km)
Total ascent: 0.29 miles (448m)
Duration: Three to four hours
Terrain: Walking on well trodden paths without too much in the way of an ascent means that you can kick back and really enjoy this exciting and adventurous walk! This walk provides a great opportunity to master the skills of map reading on an enjoyable and physically undemanding route.

Description of route: The walk starts in the small village of Langcliffe, but you quickly climb up the moors for stunning views of the famous three peaks. You then visit the spectacular Catrigg Force waterfall, before delving into the limestone cliffs above Settle. A thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended walk!

  • From the car park just on the outskirts of Langcliffe (SD 823 650) take the track heading from the north west and after a very short distance arrive at a crossroad of tracks. Take the right hand track which gradually gets thinner until you reach two gates.
  • Keep following the well trodden path in a north(ish) direction until you reach Catrigg Force. The waterfall is hidden away in a small secluded copse but well worth the detour from your main route to see the spectacular 6m (19.7ft) high falls. Take the path through the right-hand gate keeping the stone wall on your right-hand side.
  • Retrace your steps to regain the path you took up from Langcliffe and locate a stile to follow a path for 0.62 miles (1km) south east to the minor road near a cattle grid. Turn right on the road and head south west for about 0.43 miles (700m) to another cattle grid.
  • Leave the road here following the obvious path SE and make your way to Jubilee Cave before continuing south for Victoria Cave and finally Attermire Cave. The path now turns westwards taking you back to the village of Langcliffe and a well earned beer!

Tips for the route: Take care in Victoria Cave as it is deemed unsafe. Take some binoculars, not only to aid your navigation but to take in the stunning views. On a good day you will see the peaks of the Lake District to the North West.

Facilities on route and in the North Yorks local area

  • Dalesbridge Campsite is set in an area of outstanding beauty of the Yorkshire Dales and the site staff couldn’t be more friendly or helpful —and the underfloor heating in the washrooms never fails to impress. For more information see the Top 20 UK campsites.
  • Stainforth Youth Hostel Tel: 0870 770 6046.
  • Settle, Langcliffe and Stainforth all offer a multitude of B&Bs, hotels and superb eateries for all appetites, including the delightful Old Station Inn in Giggleswick.

OS map required: OS Explorer (1:25 000) OL2 & 41, OS Landranger (1:50 000) 98

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