Horton in Ribblesdale
Population: 470 Est.
Information Site: Click Here
Grid Ref: SD8072
Distance: 22 miles drive from Grassington
Directions: North West on the A65, pass Long Preston, and
take the B6479 East then on to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Car Parking: Limited parking opposite the Church, and also
further down at the western end is the Official car park
Facilities: Pub : Hotel : Camping/Caravan
Site : Post Office
Nearby Interest: Pen-y-ghent : Three Peaks
Church: St. Oswalds : Tower
Bus Services: www.dalesbus.org
The famous Settle-Carlisle railway line provides a convenient
link from Skipton to Horton in Ribblesdale.
This tiny village is an ideal centre for exploring the limestone
landscapes, green hillsides, woods and caves of upper Ribblesdale.
Horton is one of the most popular stopping places for Pennine
Way walkers, whose subsequent route northwards follows old
tracks along the eastern side of Ribblesdale to High Birkwith
and Cam High Road. The village stretches for half a mile along
the road from the Church and Golden Lion Pub, to the bridges
by the New Inn pub, near which, is a free car park, and toilets.
Horton's buildings are typical, and depict the advancements
of housing in the dales. Yeomens' farmhouses of the late 17th
century are at the edge of the village. Near the churchyard
and New Inn are later cottages, whilst Victorian terraces
reflect the coming of the railway in the 1870s. More recent
are quarrymen's housing, built when the limestone quarries
first scarred the slopes of Moughton, west of the railway,
in about 1890, and which have greatly expanded since the1950's.
Eastward, the view is serene and challenging, dominated by
the profile of Pen-y-ghent (2277 feet) it's summit about three
miles from the village, and reached in one direction by the
Pennine Way along Horton Scar Lane, which passes close to
Hull Pot and Hunt Pot (huge chasms) on the way. The 'Three
Peaks' challengers also like Horton as a start and finishing
St Oswald's Church, is a squat-towered monolith, with a Norman
doorway and nave arcades. Lychgates to its churchyard are
roofed with huge slabs of the ancient Horton slates.
Settle and Calisle Railway (General Info.)
Settle and Calisle Railway (Stations - Carlisle to Settle)