Many of you come and stay at the cottages so that you can take part in a walking challenge many of which are undertaken to raise money for charities. The most well known of these is the Three Peaks Challenge which takes in Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside – the Yorkshire Three Peaks. It is a 26 mile walk which has to be completed in less than 12 hours.
Many walkers come to the area specifically to do these walks and people who have lived in the Yorkshire Dales in the past, return to do these challenges including my son who took part in the Fellsman. This is a 62 mile route across rugged moorland terrain. It involves over eleven thousand feet in climbing, starting at Ingleton and finishing at Threshfield. This challenge is organised by Keighley Scouts network. There are some mad people about?!
However you don’t have to perform these amazing feats to enjoy the scenery, there are plenty of short and medium length walks in the area – CLICK HERE
Four and a half miles round Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. A gentle walk along the river starting at Settle Swimming Pool, and ending up for a coffee and cake perhaps?, at Knight’s Table – café/restaurant at Stainforth or a four mile walk from Layhead Farm Cottages to Settle, along part of the Ribble Way.
There is also information in the cottages for three short walks round the farm fields at Layhead and the village of Rathmell. In the village, visit our old church – Holy Trinity Church, and read about its history, while the children can complete the Activity Sheet, copies of which are in the church or the cottages.