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The Trail passes through basically the same area, between Kirkby Stephen and Settle, as that of the latter stages of the Pennine Journey route . However, apart from a few hundred yards above Ingleton Falls, it takes an entirely different route but shares many of the Journey’s staging posts.

Whereas the Pennine Journey arrives in Sedbergh via the Eden and Rawthey valleys, the Trail gets there via the Howgills and the Lune valley. A short rural stretch through Ireby into Ingleton is preceded by the high ground of Middleton Fell and the pot-holing country close to Barbon.

The two routes cross on Ingleborough and again in Horton in Ribblesdale with the Trail's final day taking in an ascent of Penyghent before reaching the spectacular Catrigg Force after crossing the stepping stones of Stainforth Beck. Both routes coincide, and end, at Settle station.

All of the photos you can see on the following route summary pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he, with his wife Alison and Bedlington terrier Beattie, test walked the Howgills and Limestone Trail. Derek has kindly given permission for their use on this site and no permission is given for any other usage.

 
Distance
(miles)
Ascent
(feet)
Day 1
Kirkby Stephen to Ravenstonedale
8.50
1,244
Day 2
Ravenstonedale to Cautley
9.50
1,299
Day 3
Cautley to Sedbergh
11.75
2,940
Day 4
Sedbergh to Barbon
11.25
2,217
Day 5
Barbon to Ingleton
11.00
1,715
Day 6
Ingleton to Horton in Ribblesdale
12.50
2,777
Day 7
Horton In Ribblesdale to Settle
12.00
2,744
TOTAL
76.50
14,936

". . . .a region where the walking is delightfully easy, often on old grassgrown roads, often on velvet turf, and where the gradients are gentle. This is a part of England that should be better known by walkers who love quiet hills. " AW on Limestone Country

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