This 16-mile walking route takes you through some of the most iconic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, much of which is looked after by the National Trust.
The area is well known for its excellent walking and cycling opportunities, but it is also a great place to just get out in the fresh air and enjoy the countryside.
The limestone pavements you'll see are made up of blocks (clints) and cracks (grikes). The grikes are a damp, sheltered habitat for shade-loving plants such as hart's tongue fern, and also provide a home where tree seeds can germinate. In summer the clints have a covering of wild thyme, limestone bedstraw, rock rose and bird's foot trefoil.
*Please note, all routes are approximate and subject to change.
Perfect for: Walkers looking for a challenging course and distance.
Terrain: The 16-mile walk not only offers a challenging distance, but also offers the chance to take in some of the most unique scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. The route passes over the River Ribble, climbs the Ribble Way over God's Bridge before ascending up the limestone landscape. Make sure you take a moment to glance back for spectacular views of Whernside and the Ribblehead viaduct!
At around the 6-mile point, the Ribble Way and the Pennine Way combine. This is a challenging section of the route as you descend towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Walkers will continue over the varied landscapes towards the River Ribble, taking the narrow river path before joining the road for a half-mile leading to Helwith Bridge.
After crossing under the bridge there is a steep descent via open road on Dog Hill Brow taking walkers over the bridge which sits just above Stainforth Force Waterfall, worth a pause under the tree cover to take this great view. Walkers then proceeding along the Ribble to Stackhouses, where the 16-mile route joins the 5-mile route at the weir crossing before climbing up through Langcliffe and before the final descent onto the winding streets of Settle.
Event timings: All entrants are to register at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club and will be taken via bus to the official race start at Ribbleshead. Shuttle bus timing to be confirmed in event race guide.