Seniors Settle Into Settle

1 Settle, (pop. 8,421), is a bustling market town in one of the most scenic areas of the Yorkshire Dales. Historically, it is served by Settle railway station located near the town centre (note the Brit spelling).  Senior travelers will find Settle at the centre of Yorkshire Three Peaks. Settle is thought to have 7th-century Anglian origins, its name being the word for settlement.


So what brings senior visitors to Settle? Lots. Settle’s market is held weekly on Tuesdays in Victoria Hall in the town centre. The Square is surrounded by local businesses, most of which are family-owned, with some offering items for sale unique to the Settle area.

The Naked Man is believed to be the oldest cafe in the country, so put it on your restaurant bucket list and whatever you do, bring along a hearty appetite.

Settle combines excellent surrounding landscape for outdoor activities with a bustling town centre, festivals and value for arts and crafts, making it a great base for tourists and locals alike. The village is ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales and the area of outstanding natural beauty, the Forest of Bowland.


Seniors Love The Scenic Landscape

The surrounding limestone landscape abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them!), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes ….. and sheep!  Senior visitors find that it is a great spot for exploring.

The #1 attraction seems to be Malham Cove and Gordale where you can take a good hike on the Gordale Scar Walk, so bring along a good pair of hiking shoes. Right behind for favorites is the Settle-Carlisle Line, a 73-mile (117 km) long main railway line in northern England. It is also known simply as the Settle and Carlisle.


And then there’s Ingleborough, the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, at 723 metres. I’ll let you figure out the height in feet.

 Seniors Enjoy The Market And Railway Line

Settle is an ideal visit for outdoor lovers and seniors looking for peace and quiet. Nestled in the shadow of the striking Castleberg Crag, this sleepy town is famous for its lively outdoor market, breathtaking railway line and Victoria Hall.


The local area contains a number of interesting caves and waterfalls, Victoria cave is located in the hills above Settle; it notably contained prehistoric remains. Attemire cave is close by as well as numerous smaller caves.

The waterfalls Scaleber foss and Caterick foss are worth seeking out. The caves and waterfalls can all be reached by walks from Settle. I found some photos that will whet your appetite.  Settle is on my travel bucket list and I invite you to add it to your’s. jeb

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