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Living in Settle: The Local Area Guide

Settle is a bustling market town set in one of the most beautiful areas of the Yorkshire Dales. The town lies within the shadow of the striking Castleberg Crag and is well known for its outdoor market, stunning railway line and Victoria Hall, England’s oldest music hall. The majority of the houses in the town were built or rebuilt in stone in the 17th century, giving the town its sturdy, but attractive, character. Many old buildings have been preserved including The Folly, a 17th century Grade I listed building, which was purchased by the North Craven Building Preservation Trust and opened to the public in 2001, and now houses the Museum of North Craven Life, and also hosts other exhibitions throughout the year. Outside the town is some stunning countryside that is perfect for fell walking, cycling, mountain biking and many other outdoors activities. The River Ribble, which runs through the town, once provided power for Settle’s former cotton mills, and is now used for the Settle Hydro, a micro hydroelectric scheme.


At the 2011 Census, Settle had a population of 2,564; a small increase on the 2,421 counted in 2001. Settle is in the Settle and Ribblebank ward of Craven district council and is twinned with the French Mediterranean town of Banyuls-sur-Mer. The average age of people in Settle and Ribblebanks is 47 and 94.7% of the population were born in England. The top occupations listed by people living in the area are skilled trades (17.9%), professional (16.4%) and managers, directors and senior officials (12.8%).


The town has two schools: Settle Church of England Primary School and Settle College. The primary school was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted in its last inspection and praised for ensuring that pupils received a ‘varied, interesting and relevant curriculum that engages pupils well’. Settle College is a mixed gender secondary school for students aged 11-18. It was rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted and 68% of pupils attained 5 A*-C GCSE’s, higher than the national average of 41%.


Settle railway station is situated at the southern end of the Settle-Carlisle line, There are two hourly services to Leeds in the south, a journey of around an hour, where there are connections to destinations further south such as York, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull, Doncaster and London Kings Cross. Northbound there is a regular service to Carlisle, where connections can be made to Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

Settle sits close to the A65, which runs north to Kendal and south to Skipton. The nearest motorways are the M65 at Nelson and the M6 at Ravestonedale. Local buses serve all areas of Yorkshire and Cumbria, and there are some further services into the Scottish Borders. The nearest airport is Manchester, which has a large number of both domestic and international services.

Amenities and shopping

Settle is a picturesque place to shop, boasting beautiful stone buildings set amid rolling hills. The town has a mixture of independent and chain stores, but, being a tourist destination, there is an emphasis on local retailers. There are antiques and craft shops, boutique clothes shops, DIY shops, no less than four delicatessens and Settle Market, which is run every Tuesday in the historic Market Place.

When it comes to eating and drinking, there is also plenty of choice, with a selection of foodie pubs, such as The Traddock, which has been awarded two Rosettes by the AA and The Falcon Manor brasserie and bar. There are also a few cosy tearooms, some old fashioned pubs and the usual selection of takeaways.

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