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This circular walk, which is just short of 2 miles, is ideal for any type of wheelchair. The walk is also ideal as a multi -sensory trail – there is so many different sounds to hear along the way, from the thunderous roar of the River Ribble as it cascades over the rock at Settle to the quiet chirping of the birds in the trees.
We begin the walk from Ashfield carpark in the centre of Settle. The first part of the walk is along the roadside. The footpath is wide enough for a wheelchair, with plenty of drop kerbs for easy access. The route passes in front of the Victoria Hall which is England’s oldest surviving music hall. It has a varied programme of events happening throughout the year, so it is worth keeping an eye out for what is on.
Having passed the supermarket (where you will find accessible loos) the routes turns off from the main road and onto Kings Mill. Here you will see how the old cotton mill buildings have been renovated into trendy town apartments, with balconies that overlook the river.
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The route now takes us away from the road and we pass the small garden centre before we cross the bridge with spans the River Ribble. Just upstream from the Memorial Bridge there is a huge rock in the middle of the river, locally known as Queen’s Rock.
The path now follows along the river all the way into Giggleswick. It is a beautiful stroll and a great place to see wild birds on the river. On this route you will see the dome of the church at Giggleswick school. If you have children with you then you may want to break the walk with a stop off at the park. There is a wheelchair accessible roundabout in the park. The path joins the road again in Giggleswick. It is very quiet in this village but do take care when travelling along the road. In Giggleswick there is a lovely church to have a look around and some beautiful houses. The route continues uphill out of Giggleswick and onto the main road back into Settle. Once you have crossed over the bridge you continue the walk along the other side of the river back into Settle and back to the car park.
Nearest railway station: Settle
Nearest Toilets: Market Square in Settle