From an attractive, stonebuilt village in the heart of the Ribble Valley, with a visit to two impressive waterfalls.
3 the Hollies, Stainforth, Settle BD24 9QD 4.8 Miles 2 HoursMedium
Paths: Green lanes, field and riverside paths and some road with 15 stiles
Landscape: Farmland, moorland and riverside
Dog Friendliness: Yes on lead mainly but off lead in walled section to Catrigg Force
Parking: Pay and display parking in Stainforth
Public toilets: At the car park
Turn right out of the car park, then make another right which is signed 'Settle'. Go over a bridge, turn left through a gap in the wall. Continue along the beck to an open area. Go through the white posts and turn left. Go right of the green, then turn right. Go uphill on the lane for ¾ mile (1.2km) to a gate and ladder stile.
Over the ladder stile. Continue on the track which bends right. Go over a stile in a crossing wall, then turn right, signed 'Winskill'. The path bears left to join a track. Go over a stile and continue to the farmhouses, then go straight ahead over a stile signed 'Stainforth and Langcliffe'. As the track bends right, go left over a stile signed 'Langcliffe'.
Cross the field to a stone stile, after the stile turn right and follow the path downhill. After a short walled section, the path descends more steeply to a hand gate, then bears left halfway down the hill, descend to a hand gate. Follow the path beyond to another gate.
After the gate the lane becomes walled. At a crossroads of paths near the village go straight on. At Langcliffe's main street turn right and walk to the main road.
Cross the road and go through a gap in the wall, go diagonally right. Follow the footpath over a railway footbridge. Where the path ends, go towards the mill. Just before the buildings take a signed path right, going behind the mill and beside the millpond. Go through a gate and continue along the pond side and through a stone stile to reach a gate on the left by some houses.
Go through the gate and turn right between the rows of cottages. Where the row ends, before the post box, go left over a footbridge over the River Ribble and at the end turn right, beside the weir, to a stone stile signed 'Stainforth'. Continue along the riverside path, going over six more stiles, eventually coming to a caravan site.
Go right of the site, continue on the riverside path, past Stainforth Force to the humpback Stainforth Bridge. Go through a stile on to the lane, turn right over the bridge and follow the narrow lane as it bends and climbs to the main road. Turn right and take the second turning left back to the car park.
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