Settle and other Market Towns

If you fancy a little retail therapy there are some lovely market towns offering a selection of high street stores alongside individual independent shops located in buildings steeped in history.


Settle is a bustling market town with individual shops, cafes and historic buildings. The station is well-renowned and the signal box has been renovated by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, and is open to visitors at certain times. The scenic journey from Settle to Appleby or Carlisle on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway over the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells as you travel over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct is not to be missed.


Skipton, voted by the Sunday Times ‘Best Place to Live in Britain 2014’ is a friendly market town, with cobbled streets and alleyways. Skipton Castle is one of the most complete, fully roofed medieval castles in England where you can explore the dungeon and climb to the top of the watchtower to see the yew tree planted by Lady Anne Clifford in 1659.

Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale is a beautiful, historic, Cumbrian market town north of Eldroth. It is renowned for its photogenic charm and offers an enchanting network of mellow stone edifices separated by narrow cobbled lanes that now accommodate an impressive range of independent shops, cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants. Spanning the River Lune to the south and east of Kirkby Lonsdale is Devil’s Bridge, a magnificent three-arched bridge dating from the 12th or 13th century.