We have explored here many times as we love the caves and how quiet the walk is, this time we managed a circular walk from Settle, including Jubilee and Victoria caves, Attermire Scar, couple more caves to explore then along the Dales Highway before walking the Pennine bridleway to Ewe Moor/Malham and then returning along the Pennine bridleway past Black Hill, returning to the car.
We use OS Maps to plot our route, but today we will explain the route from the layby which is a couple of miles closer.
SHORTER WALK OPTION
PARKING-LAY-BY ON THE B6480 LANGCLIFFE SETTLE BD24 9RD
MILES- 4-6 MILES APPROX BUT VARIOUS OPTIONS TO EXPLORE MORE
FACILITIES- TOILETS, SHOP AND PUB IN SETTLE
TERRAIN-RUGGED IN PLACES, FARMERS LAND SO SOME GRASS PATHS, EASY GRADIENT WALKING, SHORT CLIMB UP TO VICTORIA CAVE..
LONGER WALK OPTION
PARKING- EITHER THE LAYBY ABOVE OR IN SETTLE WHITEFRIARS CAR PARK, 5 CHURCH STREET, SETTLE BD24 9JD
MILES-9M IF PARKING ON THE LAYBY OR 11.7
FACILITIES- TOILETS, SHOPS, PUB, CAFE
TERRAIN- FARMERS LAND OFTEN WITH CATTLE/SHEEP, GOOD BRIDLEWAY PATHS, CARE NEEDED IN THE CAVES
From the grass parking verge we followed the grass path upwards which rises gently,
Turn left at the top of the grass path and follow the walk until you come to a little gate where you cross into the farmers field, there is pretty much always sheep ( dogs on leads).
As you get half way in the field you will spot a large ladder stile on your left, cross this stile and just to the left in front of you is Jubilee caves.
There is 2 caves next to each other, this is the opening to the main one, you can walk through and a little scramble brings you out at the right hand side.
The opening that brings you out the cave, torches needed as it can be dark towards the back of the cave.
With you back to the cave head onto the path in front of you and turn left, the path is easy to follow.
On the left you will come to a faint path rising up to Victoria cave which is a larger cave but has barriers inside for safety so you cant explore much, its worth the walk up as the views are pretty good.
The opening of Victoria cave, with plenty of rocks to sit on for lunch or there is a larger grass area just before the opening.
From the cave return back to the path and turn left and follow the path straight ahead and pick up the Pennine bridleway/Dales highway which passes Attermire Scar on the left.
Looking back to Attermire Scar, popular with rock climbers too, with various openings and small caves along the way.
As you come to the end of the Scar turn left and follow the Pennine bridleway until you come to a single track road.
Once on the road walk ahead until you pass the farm buildings. You will come to a gate on your left which is the end of road. Ahead leads you to the farm, the path on the left leads into the valley and above the farms.
Just keep following the path as it rises to the top, its a little steep but soon levels off. You follow the path ahead until you seen a cairn on the left, the path turns here for the circular back to the car.
You can see Malham tarn in the distance. Follow this path ahead until you come to a crossroad junction with a sign. Turn left and your on the path back to Jubilee cave, which is still approx 2-3 miles away. Again in this section you can come across cows.
The path is a good bridleway path and easy to follow, we had the last couple of miles in the dark, but thankfully the weather was dry. Once you get to a small forest area it does get a little muddy for a short section. You are not far now from Jubilee cave which you then return back over the large ladder stile.
This is a long walk so we prepared with plenty of snacks, there is places to stop along the way and rest little legs, we also find on big walks, changing socks half way or 3/4 of the way and airing feet really does help.