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Walking - the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge!

Most of our guests stay at The Willows for the great outdoors. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, The Pennine WayThe Ribble Way, The Dales Way, The Way of The Roses, etc.

If you don't fancy the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, you may find other more relaxing things to do in The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Take it a little gentler on the Peaks! Take the Yorkshire Three Peaks over two days. Pen-y-Ghent on the first day then next morning get the 10am train from out quaint village railway station of Horton-in-Ribblesdale (just 3 min walk) up to Ribblehead Station then take either walk - Ingleborough or Whernside - or Both!  Dont forget to take time to view the magnificent construction of the Ribblehead Viaduct.

The famous Ribblehead Viaduct

Retired visitors and pensioners can find an abundance of things to see and do in and around the Yorkshire Dales, it's not all about climbing mountains!

The Pen-y-ghent cafe is used by 3 Peaks Walkers to ‘clock-in’ to start the time clock on their 3 Peaks Challenge. Clock back in under 12 hours to gain your certificate http://www.horton-in-ribblesdale.com/pen-y-ghent-cafe.shtml.

Running, Cycling, Pot Holing, Ride2Stride


3 Peaks of Yorkshire Fell Race

The 3 Peaks Fell Race is held on the last Saturday of April annually and starts in the playing fields just opposite The Willows B&B. More than 1000 runners take part in this challenging race which starts and finishes in Horton in Ribblesdale.

3 Peaks of Yorkshire Fell Race. Ribblesdale is also well known for Ride2stride - a festival for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders.


3 Peaks Cyclocross Race

The Three Peaks Cyclocross Race is considered to be the toughest Cyclocross Race in the UK!  It's held on the last Sunday in September with max. 650 entrants.  38 tough & gruelling miles carrying your cyclocross bike up & over, then riding down firstly Ingleborough, Whernside & finally Pen-y-Ghent.  Then back along the road to finish at Helwith bridge - Just 2miles from The Willows B&B.  Quite a spectacle!! 

three peaks cyclocross3 Peaks Cyclocross Race

Pot Holing

Bradford pot hole club set up a winch to go down Gaping Gill cavern ,on May & August Bank holidays - they say its large enough to swallow St. Paul’s Cathedral! Get there early to get in the queue!



Ride2stride is the name of the Settle-Carlisle walking Festival, a week long festival of walks, talks and music along this world famous railway line. 

The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

Ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we're sure you'll have a great time.

To find out when the next festival is take a look at the Ride2stride website here >>

Less energetic activities!

Markets, historical places and much more!

You can enjoy seasonal markets and events, museums and historical places, wildlife centres, steam railways, vintage bus and boat trips.We have been able to negotiate special discounts at the following golf courses; Skipton Golf Course, Bentham Golf Course, Ilkley Golf Course, Otley Golf Course. Please ask us for details when booking your stay.

Local Railways

Settle to Carlisle Railway Line

The Willows is just around the corner from Horton railway station on the Settle to Carlisle Railway Line.

We're sorry to say steam trains do not stop at Horton-in-Ribblesdale station. These tours can be pre-booked - but do not allow ‘walk-ons’ on day of departure. Further details can be found here - http://www.uksteam.info/tours/lem14.htm (click ‘Loco movements’).

Statesman Rail - Steam Journeys along the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

The popular steam hauled ‘Fellsman’ returns to the spectacular Settle to Carlisle railway for summer 2014, running on Wednesday’s over the roof of England – With great limestone peaks and deep valleys the legendary ‘Settle to Carlisle’ line is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the great 24 arched viaduct at Ribblehead, with time available for either sightseeing in Carlisle - or an optional tour of the Lake District by vintage coach and cruise on beautiful Ullswater. IF you do have a ticket for the ‘Fellsman’ train - you can get on this train at Hellifield station, just a few stops along the line from Horton-in-Ribblesdale station. Steam trains stop at Hellifield to fill-up with water, before the ‘long drag’ up the Settle to Carlisle railway line to Blea Moor Tunnel .

Wensleydale Railway

The Wensleydale Railway is around 30 minutes from Horton in the small market town of Leyburn.

Settle to Carlisle Railway

The Waverley steam train runs along the Settle to Carlisle Railway line by the ‘Railway Touring Company' http://www.railwaytouring.net/

Waverley steam train coming through Horton

Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway

The Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway is only 4 train stops away from Horton. Further details can be found here http://www.kwvr.co.uk

Save up to 50% if you book your rail journeys in advance!

Take advantage of Seasonal Special offers & Promotions for various Train Company’s.



Jo Wulf

We can put you in touch with a ‘3 Peak Navigation Guiding Service’ provided by a Fully Qualified ‘LOCAL’ Navigation Training & Guided Walks Instructor at SETTLE WOLFTRACKS.  Jo Wulf can offer a Fully-backed up service with pick-up, to bring you back to Horton if you decide to pull-out’.

Many visitors to the Dales find they can get by with a map, but could do with learning compass skills to ensure their safety when the cloud comes down. Jo will be happy to chat to you about your options - she is flexible and will gladly plan a day out in the hills tailored to suit your needs. 

Prices range from £60 for a half day (a guided walk with or without navigation tuition for up to 3 people) to £240 for the guided Three Peaks walk, which includes vehicular support with hot drinks & home baking!

Visit Jo's website: http://www.settlewolftracks.co.uk/ for suggestions of walks, tips for families and further details of what's on offer. A half-day gift voucher for a walk with navigation tuition is available for £45 if you want to treat someone to an original experience! Navigation is a life skill and will open up new doors to you wherever you travel.

Caving, Climbing and Abseiling

Yorkshire Dales Guides available for:

Caving - climbing & Abseiling 

To book or for more information contact

Yorkshire Dales Guides - 


Pam or Dave 01729 824455

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Places to visit

Just up the road to the North of Horton-in-Ribblesdale you will find Hawes in Upper Wensleydale, famous for its Wensleydale Cheese. Who knows, you may even bump into Wallace and Gromit. Also worth a visit are The Wensleydale Creamery in Gayle Lane, the Hawes Rope Factory and Gayle Mill, as seen on the BBC Restoration series.

About two miles North of Hawes you will find Hardraw waterfalls as featured in the swimming scene in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

A short drive to the West of Settle along the A65 you can visit Ingleborough Cave, Gaping Gill pothole, Ingleton Waterfalls and caves.


A little East along the A65 you can visit the lovely town of Skipton and its magnificently preserved medieval Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

Several famous film locations and TV locations are in the Yorkshire Dales, including Calendar Girls, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. We will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Bluebell Wood

Golf, local clay pigeon shooting (details on request), fishing, cycling, climbing, relaxing you can find it all here at The Willows.

This is just a small selection of the many things you can do during your stay here at The Willows. There are cosy shopping mills and malls that stock unique gift ideas. Ask us for further details on seasonal markets and events in nearby towns.

Wildflower Meadow


These two images are from the Oxenber & Wharfe (Bluebell) woods which can be walked to from The Willows B&B - after this lovely walk why not call into the delicious tea & home-made cake room in Clapham Village?!