This cycle route, chosen as Stage 6 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire, is from Settle,
via Austwick, to Clapham.
Sustrans says it's 10 miles one way, so 20 miles there and back. (My
cycle computer measured it as 8.5 miles each way). This is the
Sustrans leaflet for the ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed this ride, which is on genuinely quiet roads.
There is some hill-age, but nothing too steep or sustained - just
enough to give you some fast, free-wheeling sections down the other
Overall, this cycle route is highly recommended.
Settle to Clapham cycle route: map
shows the route from Settle to Clapham in yellow.
Settle to Clapham cycle route: route notes
Settle to Austwick
I parked just north of the centre of Settle,
in Whitefriars car park, by the Coop Garage (paying parking).
Head north out of Settle on the B6480, under the arch of the
railway bridge, then over the river Ribble.
River Ribble, Settle
Take the first right after the bridge over the river. There is a
blue cycling sign (for Austwick) directing you that way, and the
road is called Stackhouse Lane.
Stackhouse Lane, Settle
This quiet road takes you past two small settlements, Stackhouse
and Little Stainforth. The start height is around 160m, and just
past Little Stainforth, you reach 229m. Continue to the junction by
Dry Rigg Quarry, where you turn left towards Austwick.
Austwick Road, by Dry Rigg Quarry
It's another 4km or so of pleasant cycling to Austwick. In
Austwick, there's a pub, and a Post Office & Village Store.
Austwick to Clapham
A65 cycle path to Clapham
Leaving Austwick, you soon reach the very busy A65. Fortunately,
there's a cycle and footpath; unfortunately, the surface isn't as
good as it could be. It's crushed limestone (I think), but where
there's a bit of gradient, the top surface has come off to reveal
the bigger stones underneath.
It seems to be the 'house style' of British cycle infrastructure
that it must have defects. If it's safe, it mustn't be convenient.
If it happens to be safe and convenient, it won't be complete.
Many of the people using this path will be on road bikes. It's not
awful the way it is, but rather than bodging it with an inferior
surface that might lead to punctures, it would be better to tarmac
it. It's only about 300m. Come on.
Clapham Village Store
Fork right off the A65 onto the B6480, and it's a couple of
kilometres to Clapham.
The Village Store has a friendly message saying walkers and
cyclists are welcome, and they fill up water bottles. There's a pub,
the New Inn, and the Croft Café.
Austwick, approaching from the south west
Return by the way you came.
All photos © Hedgehog Cycling
Settle to Clapham cycle route: comments and suggestions
I thought this was a great ride, one of the best so far in this
It would be easy to extend the route, going on to Ingleton, and up
to Chapel-le-Dale, or up Kingsdale.