Stainforth to Catrigg Force, Nr Settle

Distance: 2 miles.

Facilities: Car Park in Stainforth (machine takes card) wih public toilets. Nice looking pub with beer garden in village.

Accessibility: Not suitable for buggies

Route: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/391880/walk-stainforth-and-catrigg-force.pdf

This is such a fantastic short walk, we’ve chosen a brilliant morning to do it; there’s a light covering of snow making everything incredibly beautiful. The sun’s out so not too cold and Jess is in a great mood. Prefect combination!

The length of this walk means it would be fine for younger ones- just be aware of quite a steep start. Once this is over you can enjoy the rest of it safe in the knowledge that any hard work is done.

After the initial climb it was great to see a bit more snow, and keeping Jess in the carrier was near impossible after playing with snowballs!

After taking time to appreciate the views over the three peaks we ventured down the rather slippy path to look at Catrigg Force, it was gorgeous and we can’t wait to get back here in the summer for a different view!

It’s an easy walk back down a lane to the village. If you’re on a tight schedule you could do this in a little over an hour, we took about two what with the excitement of playing in the snow, but in warmer weather would have taken a more leisurely pace and built in a lunch stop.

We drove over to Settle for lunch in front of the fire at the Golden Lion afterwards. Would thoroughly recommend it!

All in all a great short walk, one we’ll definitely be doing again!

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