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33. Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and Warrendale Knotts Circular Walk near Settle

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The pictures illustrate Walk 26 "ATTERMIRE SCAR" from Collins Rambler's Guide Yorkshire Dales by David Leather. The route takes up above north-east from the town centre of Settle to Jubilee Cave, south below the western craggy limestone slopes of Attermire to Victoria Cave, onto Sugar Loaf Hill and then south-west down Lambert Lane and returning north-west to Settle via Mitchell Lane. Excellent walking and ramble by several caves.

See also 42b. Settle Town

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The Town Hall in Settle where the walk starts.

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Settle town centre - the walks starts by climbing up the narrow street just left of the centre of the picture i.e. you climb up Constitution Hill left of the arches of the Shambles.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking back to Settle from the rough stony track up by the Castlebergh Plantation (on the left) and a good view of Settle.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking south in the Settle direction from the track above Langcliffe.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north-west to the faint outline of Ingleborough (distant centre of picture).

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking in the Ingleborough direction across the valley of the River Ribble north of Settle.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Ingleborough, one of many magnificent views on this walk.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north form above Langcliffe towards the peak of Penyghent.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Ingleborough and the Ribble Valley.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Ingleborough and the Ribble Valley.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The limestone cliff of Jubilee Cave as the weather looks a bit threatening!

Jubilee Cave which has produced late Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman pottery.

 

Looking out from the entrance to Jubilee Cave

 

The limestone rock formations around Jubilee Cave

 

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The two entrances to Jubilee Cave.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north-west below Attermire Scar.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking south along Attermire Scar.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north along Attermire Scar.

 

Looking south along Attermire Scar and on the right the tops of the Warrendale Knots from Victoria Cave.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Victoria Cave is the most famous of the caves on the long and beautiful high escarpment of Attermire Scar. Victoria Cave was discovered in 1837, the year of Queen Victoria's coronation - hence the cave's name! It is a most important archaeological site and the finds included bones of spotted hyena, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and straight-tusked elephants in the oldest deposits from 120,000 years ago. Later upper layers revealed a Mesolithic bone harpoon 12,000 years old and on the surface Romano-British pottery, coins, gold and silver jewellery and textile tools form the 2nd to 4th century AD, so the cave had been used as a workshop.

 

Nice views and a good picnic spot at Victoria Cave.

 

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The limestone cliffs at Victoria Cave - which is up on the right.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north-west along the limestone cliffs from below Victoria Cave - the path follows the wall.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The southern sections of Attermire Scar.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

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Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The southern sections of Attermire Scar with Ben Scar above it.

 

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The Warrendale Knotts - the south facing scars and gullies are part of the Mid-Craven fault.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Climbing up the western side of Sugar Loaf Hill with the Warrendale Knotts in the distance.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The highest point of the limestone hills of the Warrendale Knotts.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The High Hill of reef limestone east of Settle, viewed from the north-east end of the Lambert Lane track where it meets the minor B road from Settle to Kirkby Malham and Airton.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking south-west down Lambert Lane.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Looking north-east up Lambert Lane with High Hill on the left. Lambert Lane runs into the track of Mitchell Lane where you change direction from south-west to north-west.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Three of the four ramblers starting to descend north-west down Mitchell Lane back into Settle with Ingleborough in the distance, the 4th of the quartet, is, as usual, rambling along behind, camera at hand all the time!

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

First view of Settle on Mitchell Lane.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Settle and the huge quarry beyond.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

Nearly there!

 

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The outskirts of Upper Settle.

 

Attermire Scar and Victoria Cave Walk near Settle

The friendly grey limestone houses of Settle point in the direction of the cafe the goal of many ramblers!

 

See also 42b. Settle Town

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