Settle is an attractive small market town in the Craven district.
It is at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, within a few miles of the Three Peaks (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent). The town has narrow, hilly streets with old cottages rising steeply from the town centre, overlooked by the towering limestone cliffs of Castleberg Crag.
Settle has a weekly market on a Tuesday, It also has a farmers market on the second Sunday of each month.
Settle is of course very well known for its railway station at the southern end of the scenic Settle-Carlisle Railway, which passes through some of the most awe-inspiring upland scenery in the country.
The area around Settle includes several caves where prehistoric remains have been found. In Victoria Cave, for example, have been found remains of mammoth, bear, reindeer and hippopotamus as well as stones, flint, bone and other implements and ornaments.OS grid reference SD 815 635
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Born in Settle
Dr George Birkbeck (1776-1841), founder of the 19th century Mechanics' Institute movement, was born to a Quaker family in Settle. His name is commemorated in Birkbeck College, part of the University of London. There is also a monument to him in St Akelda's church in Giggleswick.
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