Settle to Carlisle Way - South Section

A fantastic walk from Settle to Kirkby Stephen through the limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

4 to 7 nights
39 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £360 per person

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About this route

The Yorkshire Dales section of the Settle to Carlisle Way travels 39 miles from Settle to Kirkby Stephen, following England’s most picturesque railway through the dramatic limestone scenery of the Yorkshire Dales.

The impressive mountains and quiet forests of this section serve as the perfect backdrop on a journey of discovery along one of the most famous Victorian railway lines in the world.

© Contours Walking Holidays Settle to Carlisle Way - South Section map
Settle to Kirkby Stephen
39 miles (63 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the fabulous views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks; Pen-y-Gent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

Marvelling at the stunning examples of Victorian engineering along the world’s most picturesque railway.

Visiting the poignant memorials along the line, including those at St Mary's Church at Outhgill and St Leonards’ Church at Chapel-le-Dale.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
S2CD1 From Settle to Kirkby Stephen 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding£360
S2CD2 From Settle to Kirkby Stephen 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate£450
S2CD3 From Settle to Kirkby Stephen 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate£630

Settle to Carlisle Way - Yorkshire Dales Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Due to the high volume of walkers attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks, accommodation in Horton-in-Ribblesdale is scarce at weekends. If your stop in Horton-in-Ribblesdale falls at a weekend, a transfer may be required to take you to your accommodation. Please telephone us to discuss your options.


Travel to Settle where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Settle to Ribblehead. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Ribblehead to Garsdale Head. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 3

Garsdale Head to Kirkby Stephen. 13 miles (21km)


Depart from Kirkby Stephen after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra day to explore the sights and sounds of Yorkshire and the Eden Valley can be the perfect way to extend your holiday.

Settle is a lovely little town with a typical 17th century market square complete with a split-level arcaded shambles. The town has plenty of shops, several cafes and a handful of welcoming inns. From here, trips to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (to climb Pen-y-Ghent) or Ribblehead (to climb Whernside) or Carlisle (for Hadrian's Wall) can easily be accomplished.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is also a good place to take an extra night. Don't miss the unusual 'Bound Devil', a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 39 miles (62.5 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Code: S2CD1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Settle
End of holiday: Kirkby Stephen

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Durham-Tees Valley.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Settle) and also at the end of the trail (Kirkby Stephen).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Settle and from Kirkby Stephen.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Settle.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Kirkby Stephen to Kirkby Stephen rail station. From there trains run to Settle.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

8 to 15 nights
97 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £720 per person
A self-guided walking holiday from Settle to Carlisle along the line of the famous scenic railway.Find Out More
5 to 9 nights
58 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £450 per person
A walk from Kirkby Stephen to Carlisle featuring Victorian engineering in the tranquil Eden Valley.Find Out More

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