Infobox UK place
official_name= Settle
country= England
region= Yorkshire and the Humber

static_image_caption = Settle Town Centre
population= 2,421 [Census, 2001]
os_grid_reference= SD816640
latitude= 54.07213
longitude= -2.28189
post_town= SETTLE
postcode_area= BD
postcode_district= BD24
dial_code= 01729
constituency_westminster= Skipton & Ripon
civil_parish= Settle
london_distance= mi to km|239|precision=0
shire_district= Craven
shire_county= North Yorkshire
Settle is a small market town within the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. The local travel links are located less than a mile from the town centre to Settle railway station and 29 miles to Leeds Bradford International Airport. Also, the main road running through Settle is the B6480, which links to the A65, connecting Settle to Skipton. The town has a population of 2,421 according to the 2001 Census.

Settle is a popular Yorkshire tourist destination attracting many visitors from around the world.

Historically a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, and located in Ribblesdale, the town lies at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales, within a few miles of the Three Peaks, and is perhaps best known for its railway station which is at the southern end of the scenic Settle to Carlisle Railway.

Settle's market is held weekly on Tuesdays [ Settle Online Website] ] , in the market place in the centre of the town, which is surrounded by local businesses, most of which are family-owned, with some offering items for sale unique to the Settle area.

The district includes several caves where prehistoric remains have been found, the most notable being Victoria Cave, so called because the inner chamber was discovered on Queen Victoria's accession day in 1837. Victoria Cave contained remains of mammoth, bear, reindeer and hippopotamus as well as stones, flint, bone and other implements and ornaments. The discovery of flint is noteworthy since it is not a substance that is found naturally in the area; it would probably have been used for arrowheads.

Other points of interest are Malham Cove and tarn, the Clapham and Weathercote caves, the chasm of Hell Pot and the waterfall of Stainforth Force (pronounced in the local dialect as 'Stainforth Foss'), the ravine of Gordale Scar, the cliffs of Attermire, Giggleswick Scar and Castleberg, which is the largest outcrop of limestone in Britain, standing immediately above Settle itself.

Settle itself has three schools, and works on a middle school system, with [ Settle Primary School] , [ Settle Middle School] , and [ Settle College] . To the west of the town is Giggleswick School, one of the principal public schools in the north of England, founded in 1512. The museum at Giggleswick holds many of the artifacts discovered at Victoria Cave.

Settle is twinned with the French Mediterranean seaside town of Banyuls-sur-Mer.

Notable people

*George Howson (1860-1919), reforming headmaster
*George Birkbeck (1776-1841) Founder of the Mechanics Institutes. Birkbeck, University of London is named after George Birkbeck.


External links

* [ Settle Guide]
* [ Settle & the 3 Peaks History]
* [ Caves in the Settle area]
* [ Some Useful Settle Links]
* []
* [ dotSkipton - a local information website]
* [ Local study centre - computerised archive]
* [ Four town walks on history of Settle - Richard Preston and the Folly]

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