Settle Loop 11-10-2017 – Leader Jean

Settle Loop 11-10-2017 – Leader Jean

Reasons to be cheerful are 8: it wasn’t raining when we put our boots on; our shiny new waterproof camera easily survived the day; nobody slipped badly; there were no stiles; the Singing Kettle was an excellent value café; I have not led the rainiest walk this year; we now know what bits of gear we want for Christmas; and Rob wasn’t there to gloat!  Set against this plethora of plus points, there was only one negative – it battered down, helped by a strong wind, all day.  But that didn’t stop 17 people who have nothing better to do on a wet and windy Wednesday from turning up at Settle this morning.  Jean and Rosemary had recced a totally different walk for today, but road closures meant that Jean had to pull the Settle Loop out of her vast memory bank of walks – and she didn’t put a foot wrong.

From the car park we rose past the Castleberg Plantation, in the grounds of a Victorian mansion once owned by local historian and archaeologist Tot Lord, and continued climbing north on the Pennine Bridleway before looping east to our first break near Jubilee Cave.  This should have been a very scenic track, but despite David’s best efforts there were very limited views.  I have stuck in a photo here from a previous Settle Loop walk to illustrate the point!  The rocks afforded a little shelter from the wind and rain, but we didn’t tarry for long.  We then contoured eastward, still on the Pennine Bridleway, to our lunch stop against a wall near Langscar, with a hazy view of Malham Tarn.

At this point, we turned 90° south and began to climb again, but now with the cold wind and rain in our faces, so it was heads down and battle on to the highest elevation today at a little over 1700 feet.  The path began to drop as the Pennine Bridleway metamorphosed into the Dales High Way, and for a little while the clouds lifted, revealing some lovely views down the valley ahead.  Again, I have inserted a couple of previous photos here for your delectation and delight.  Then it was all over bar the paddling, as we trudged along paths that had turned into rivers, until we hit terra firma in the shape of a road, which we followed all the way back to the cars.  The refreshments were very welcome, ending a challenging day, thanks to Jean.

(Write up Arnold, pics Dave C.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Angela Hall

    Glad I got on the Sunday walk on not this one… looks somewhat wet!!!

  2. Rosemary

    Just putting my flippers away!
    Well done Jean for leading in a deluge. Good photos David in difficult conditions.

  3. My decision to stay at home was a very wise one, despite filling my day with jobs. At least I prevented lots of comments as to whether I had seen the forecast. A hardy lot Rossie Ramblers! Or do I mean mad? Well done to the cameraman.

  4. Brilliant writeup, Arnold! Well done to Dave on the pics, and, in fact, to all the brave (?) souls who turned out.

  5. Graeme Adlum

    Whilst I greatly enjoyed the cafe nothing can beat the pleasure of a hot shower!
    What made us all do that today? Madness.
    Thank you to Jean (do I mean that?). Well done to photographer David (rather you than me today).
    PS waterproof over trousers have gone to the top of my Christmas list.

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