Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle

On Sunday I joined the second Ribble Valley Rambler walk of the year organised by The Friends of DalesRail (of which I am now a member) : Horton to Settle via Helwith Bridge and Stainforth Force: 7 miles, easy. Book and alight Horton; return from Settle. I worked out that since 21st December I have walked from Ribblehead to Long Preston in 3 sections.

On Saturday morning the sun was shining and the sky was blue so I decided to book my train ticket for Sunday from Shipley to Horton. As I left Bagshaw Museum at about 4pm it began rain and I don’t think it stopped until after midday on Sunday. But as I’d paid for my train ticket I resigned myself to a wet walk and dressed for the occasion.

Leaving Horton

The Group moves off from Horton Station

The wind blew and the rain fell but 9 of us met on Horton station and headed off towards Settle on a tarmac track. In fact much of the walk had to be diverted away from the Ribble Way and onto nearby lanes since the paths became extremely muddy and in some cases totally waterlogged and flooded. The river was running full to overflowing and many fields were under water.

Waterlogged fields

Typical Waterlogged Field

Liable to flooding

Liable to Flooding

Full Ribble

The Fast Flowing Ribble

Muddy field tracks

Muddy Field Tracks

Flooded footpath

Path Closed Due to Flooding

Path disappeared

Ribble Way has Disappeared Under Water

Stainforth Bridge

Fast Flowing River Ribble at Stainforth Pack Horse Bridge

The Force

The Full Force of Stainforth Force

Nearly at Settle

Nearly at Settle

The sun did eventually peep through and on arrival in Settle there were glimpses of blue sky. It was good to get out though despite the wet weather.

At Settle


14 comments on “Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Settle

  1. Tuba says:

    Such an adventurer! Most people would relax by the fire with a glass of wine in that weather 😉

  2. I never mind being out on a rainy blustery day because it feels so good to get home again. I loved the Pack Horse Bridge. So interesting looking. Enjoyed your walk.

  3. I have lovely memories of doing a similar walk as it began to snow. It’s good to get out but sunshine is nice too 🙂

  4. ms6282 says:

    Brave soul going out in those horrible conditions. Hope you didn’t get too drenched.

    • Well, I’d bought my train ticket the day before which to my mind ‘obliged’ me to go. I was dressed for the weather, which helped. Nice to relax by the fire at home at the end of the day.

  5. Not when you can hardly see where you are going or any of the surroundings.

  6. Red Hen says:

    Ooohhh, water, water everywhere….

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