Horton in Ribblesdale Walks
This pretty Yorkshire Dales village is a popular place for walkers. It is often used as the start point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks which includes Whernside, Ingleborough Mountain and Pen y ghent. The latter is particularly close to the village and many climbs begin from Horton, visiting the wonderul natural hole of Hull Pot on the way.
This less strenuous walk from the village follows the River Ribble south to Stainforth and the Winskill Stones Nature Reserve. There's nice country views, riverside paths and some wonderful limestone scenery to enjoy. You'll also pass the village of Stainforth where a visit to the Stainforth Force waterfall is an option.
Start the walk from the village and head east to meet with the Ribble Way. You can follow this waymarked trail south along the river to Stainforth and then up to the Winskill Stones. Here you'll find an amazing section of limestone pavement which is very popular with photographers. There's also fine views over the Dales from the elevated position of the reserve.
After taking in the views the route returns to the village along the same paths.
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Walks near Horton in Ribblesdale
- Pen y ghent - Climb to the 694 m (2,277 ft) summit of Pen y ghent on this challenging circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales
- Fountains Fell - Climb to this prominent fell in the Yorkshire Dales and enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding hills and countryside
- Malham Tarn Estate - This beautiful spot in the Yorkshire Dales is perfect for a safe cycle or walk
- Whernside - Climb to the highest point in North Yorkshire on this challenging circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales
- Ingleborough Mountain - Climb to one of Yorshire's Three Peaks, Ingleborough stands at a height of 723 metres (2,372 ft)
- Pennine Way - This fabulous 268 mile path takes you through three of England's finest national parks
- Ribble Way - Follow the River Ribble through the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth at Longton, near Preston, to the source at Gayle Moor in Yorkshire.
You start at Longton just to the west of Preston and follow the river through Ribchester and Clitheroe, before reaching Gisburn
- Stainforth Force - Enjoy a short walk to Stainforth Force waterfall from the North Yorkshire village of Stainforth.
Start the walk from the main parking area in the village and head west, crossing the bridge over the river
- Ingleton Falls - One of the loveliest walks in England, this circular trail visits a series of beautiful waterfalls in Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales
- Hull Pot - This walk visits a wonderful natural hole and waterfall on the slopes of Pen y ghent
Horton in Ribblesdale Pubs/Cafes
In Horton in Ribblesdale head to the Helwith Bridge Inn for some well earned refreshments after your walk. The friendly pub has a great menu, a good selection of beers and outdoor seating. Here you can sit next to the River Ribble and enjoy fine views towards the hills if the weather is fine. You can find it on Austwick Rd with a postcode of BD24 0EH for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
In Stainforth you could take a small detour from the route to visit Stainforth Force Waterfall. Here the River Ribble falls over a series of limestone ledges into a deep, broad pool. In October you can see leaping Salmon on their annual migration up the River Ribble.
The village is accessible by rail on the Settle–Carlisle Line. There is about one train every two hours in each direction: southbound to Leeds (seven in total) and northbound to Carlisle (eight, plus one evening train that terminates at Ribblehead).