Thursday 25 May 2023

The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union has a VC64 visit this year 2023 to Hell Wath in Ripon on Sat 27 May 2023. 

..Note I am still writing this post.(Still. in March 2024) . and there may yet be some alterations to come and pictures to be added

Unfortunately because I am booked to run a Grass Identification course at Juniper Hall Field Centre, Surrey this weekend I cannot attend the YNU meeting.  So I went for a walk round round the area on Wednesday afternoon 24 May.

I could divide this post into three posts: 

- 1: History and management,
- 2: Wildflowers - I must have seen at least 1 dozen white flowers)
- 3: 
Lichens. But for the moment I will put the three together. 

(Lichens: fortunately a) the area is not rich in lichens and b) I had looked a the lichens here before.. otherwise my walk probably would not have progressed beyond the bridge at High Cleugh... 

- 1: History and management

This is an area where the River Skell (and River Laver) cut through the magnesian limestone; and also cut through gravel beds.  Part of the land was used for quarrying limestone, and for quarrying gravel long ago. 

The area consists of grassland,  scrub, trees, and riverside with Himalayan Balsam. It is marvellous that this wedge of countryside has been saved. There are extensive housing developments to the north and south. 

The land was used for training in the First World war. There was a huge army camp.

I grew up on Whitcliffe Grove, 1/4 mile away. When I was small there were houses built up Whitcliffe Lane, there was the Choir School - St Olaves - and there was our  unsurfaced  road - Whitcliffe Grove, with houses numbered 1 to 12 on the west side and no houses opposite us. Whitcliffe Crescent was there by the time I was four because I remember going to Sunday School and later primary School with children from newer houses on the Crescent. But everywhere else was fields. .. which bit by bit became building sites.

We had walks, especially with visitors to Hell Wath, to the Rustic Bridge (i.e Fairy Steps and High Cleugh) , and to the Paddling Pool. 

On the walk between Hell Wath and the Rustic Bridge   there was young and medium scrub on the banks and cattle grazing in the fields. The Hawthorn scrub has now grown much taller.  The land (I am told) is rented on a long lease by the council (Ripon/ Harrogate) from the Quarry company and has been managed as nature reserve/ community area for dog walking for at least 40 years. 

I remember many happy walks seeing primroses and violets when I was small. And making Easter cards based on these. We usually walked up Whitcliffe Lane then to Hellwath then along the path through the treed/hawthorn scrub to where it opens out in the field; The river turns a right angle bend and makes a poll big enough for young children to be waist deep in. 

It really is a great asset to Ripon. When so much of the area round Ripon is either covered with Houses or agricultural land with intensive crops to the east and reseeded grassland to the west it is lovely that there are a few places where people can walk and see wild flowers. 

This YNU visit actually straddles four hectads (10km) squares - which makes recording difficult (or alternatively - easy to get records for four hectads).

Anyway, I start at the Rustic Bridge, (the monad nearest Ripon, the north east monad) I then walk through the hectads in an anticlockwise direction.  

SE3070  SE 37

Most of the recording area is in monad  SE3070 and hectad SE37. This includes The Rustic Bridge (SE30467071) at High Cleugh at the confluence of the rivers Skell and Laver, with its pebble beach.

Across the bridge there is Crack Willow. The big tufts of Pendulous Sedge have been there a good number of years. 

Follow the Skell upstream (SW)  and you can ascend the Fairy Steps, or keep low at river level. Both paths leading through now maturing spindly trees that were once scrub, and join up still following the river upstream.

Today the sides of the path are covered with Common Chickweed Stellaria media. Sheets of it.  The bare areas became wide - maybe during the drought last summer or maybe due to trampling muddy weather when trampling widens the paths. Now the Chickweed has made good use of the light last month before the trees came into leaf.

Several people pass by taking their dogs for a walk.  Footpaths criss cross the area. There are areas of field kept open by the rabbits and areas of hawthorn  and sloe and other bushes. I watch  a crow pecking away at a dead rabbit carcass.  I go over to have a look and photograph the bluebottles on it.

After 1 km the river makes a sharp bend at SE29947010. That's just into the next monad and hectad.

SE2970  SE 27
We are now briefly in monad SE2970 and hectad SE27. 
 Here the river makes a waist deep-pool on the outside of the curve - well waist-deep for a seven year old child - and we used to enjoy going there for picnics sixty plus years ago. There may not be many extra species records gained by this incursion into SE27 .

The shallower side of the river has bedrock at the surface during low water and is covered with slippery algae. It does not look at all inviting now. The steep sloping river bank that was covered in grass as a carpet for our picnics long ago is now all exposed sand - Due to rabbit grazing or bicycles cycles? The trees surrounding the pool are much taller now giving more shade, perhaps reducing grass growth. 

The big area of flat area of grassland above the slope is now reduced to less than half its former size as sloe scrub is spreading out from the wooded slope beyond - It is impressive to see succession taking place. (Maybe one day large trees will get established amongst the sloe?)

SE2969    SE 26 

SE29916994  Hell Wath footbridge.  Any walk in the area demands a visit to this foot bridge (because it is there) - and adjacent to the ford.

The views from the bridge are not particularly notable. Beyond the bridge footpath continues onwards into "beyond the Skell" territory towards Duck House. When I was little I think it went through pasture. We found some big field/horse mushrooms one year by the path. Then I think at some time arable crops were planted on both sides. Then Paul Sykes bought the land and put it to pasture again with low intensity grazing, with new hedges but in the area near the bridge he planted many trees. (but no public access) These are getting quite big now. There are some birch which very white trunks.  I was given a public guided walk round about 10 years ago by his land manager on 8 June 2016 when I saw this beautiful damselfly at maybe SE299701

He has sold it and someone else owns it now.

At the bridge:

Grasses: Glyceria declinata, Brachypodium sylvaticum, Phalaris arundinacea, Anisantha sterilis

Lichens:  Bilimbia sabulatorum; Aspicilia contorta 

Herbs: This is the one place I remember seeing Himalayan Balsam c.1960 and touching the fruit to let them flick open. (It was probably elsewhere too). There were lots of young plants here today.

In the water was that umbellifer with once pinnate leaves and a mark on the petiole.. I will add its name when it comes back to me.

In 2016 - 6 June - there was Wood Stitchwort Stellaria nemorea at the bridge, but I looked and could not find it today (24 May 2023). I had also seen it at the fence at the bottom of the steep steps near the Rustic Bridge leading to Whitcliffe Lane but could not find it today. Maybe I need to look in June.. but that's only two weeks ahead.

SE36  SE300697

This monad contains the Hell Wath Pavilion  where people will meet at the YNU meeting to have tea.  I see on a notice that "Friends of Hell Wath" organised a Dawn Chorus bird walk earlier this month. 

This monad also contains Sand Leek  (Allium scorodoprasm) which is an uncommon plant.

From the pavilion I then reenter SE  the first Monad - SE300700, starting to walk back towards the Rustic Bridge, but by the fields at the top.

 I am looking at the branches of a tree - mostly plastered with bright yellow Xanthoria parietina and delicate pale grey Physcia adscendens two lichens indicating heavy reactive nitrogen compound presence. I meet a gentleman walking his dog. First he says "Thank you " to me - I realise he thinks my walking pole is a litter picker. 

Then we have a chat. He tells me about some areas in next/another field when they had recently sprinkled wildflower seed, and taken the turf off some areas and put in wildflower seed.

I said that when they had first stopped having cattle in the fields (40? years ago)  I thought that they would have to cut the grass to keep it down. but now it looked as thought the rabbits were doing that job.

He said yes they had cut it sometimes. And that the rabbits spilled over into peoples gardens. As I walked in (now nearly 8pm) I saw millions - well lots - of groups of rabbits, happily nibbling away now that there were few people around.

I find the wildflower seeded plots - There was lots of Field Woodrush near them - (Luzula campestris) I wonder if that had been sown.

I discover two clumps of trees in one field - I like the way they have been planted about 8 in a clump including ash, oak and I forget the others.. They have space to spread out their branches  and light can get in to allow lichens to grow on their trunks. Under one (very dead) tree I find two or three large fungi - including an inkcap.

As I walk towards the path that would have led to "St Olaves" (former Choir School - land now covered with new houses) - the path from Whitcliffe Lane to the steep steps to the Rustic Bridge - the evening sun comes out and lights up the Bulbous Buttercups and hawthorn tree in the hedge.


Before setting off on my walk I had parked at High Cleugh at the lush amenity grassland, and looked at the "Fence" - posts with a wooden rail under the trees, on the grass at the end of the road. I had found two species of Melanohalea lichen here two years ago - I hoped I could refind them. I found one, and took photos.  The lichens on these horizontal wooden posts are excellent lichen habitat  because they are under trees, but also with lots of light.

If the YNU make recommendations about land management - I (as a lichenologist)  would like to suggest finding an excuse to construct such wooden posts in several other areas under trees - but the trees must be really well spaced out so that their trunks have lots of light. 

After the walk, back at the lush grassland at High Cleugh I went back towards my car and then noticed a rock in the ground... Would it have lichens on it?

In fact it had a plaque on it... to be written up later

Sunday 14 May 2023

Speakers Clubs in Yorkshire & NE England - Tips, Confidence, Fun & Practice in Public Speaking - Meeting Times

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The  Association of Speakers Clubs is divided into six regions. We are in the Eastern Region. The Eastern Region is divided into two Areas:

1. West Yorkshire (formerly referred to as the Dales Area)  with four clubs:-

 Craven (at Skipton), Bradford (online by Zoom),
Halifax-and-Huddersfield,  and 
 Shipley (NB this one is not registered as an ASC club, but it functions as one)

2. Yorkshire and North East with four clubs:-

Newcastle, York, Wetherby, Sheffield 

For meeting times and locations,  
keep scrolling down

Why you should Join a Speakers Club:

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Our clubs are good value, good fun, and a great deal cheaper than attending a commercial speakers' course which could easily cost £800 or more

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If you wish, you are very welcome just to sit and listen. No need to speak
All clubs welcome new members.
For those who relish a challenge the clubs offer:-
... occasional interclub competitions
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West Yorkshire Area:

Skipton: Craven Speakers Club
Autumn 2023 programme:- All meetings now
Live at The Soroptimists, 28 Otley St, Skipton BD23 1EW:

11 September

25 September
9 October
23 October
6 November
20 November
4 December
11 December

Mondays: 7.15pm - 9.30pm
 Fortnightly Monday evening
Normal Venue:- The Soroptimists,
28 Otley Street, Skipton, BD23 1EW

(currently by zoom - May 2023)
Bradford Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday each month at 7.30pm
(It used to meet at Baildon Old Hall Club, Hallfield Drive, BD17 6NH and met the second and fourth Wednesday each month)

Baildon and Shipley:
Second Tuesday of the month all year
Bradford New Church, Ashfield Avenue, Frizinghall, Bradford, BD18 3AL  Contact

Halifax and Huddersfield
Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from September to June 2023 (inclusive) at
Waterhouse Homes Community Lounge
Harrison Road

Contact number: 07800 808569


Yorkshire and the North East Area 

Wetherby 1st,3rd,5th Thursday Linton Memorial Hall, Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby LS22 4HL
Meetings commence at 7.45 for 8.00 pm and finish at approximately 10.00 pmContact

York Speakers Club:

York RI Bowls Club, Ashton Lane, Holgate, York, YO24 4HX
Phone: 01904 270300

York Speakers Club  are now meeting in person (their website needs updating) March 2023

Sheffield Speakers:
Sheffield Speakers Club is about to launch a brand new website.. Come back in a few days/weeks 
Second Tuesday of each month. Come along and have 3 free session. After that if you wish to join the membership fee is £3.50 a month payable by direct debit.
The old Sheffield Speakers Club website is here:
2nd Tuesday 19:45 "St Timothy's Community Hall 
136 Slinn St, Crookes, Sheffield S10 1NZ"  Contact

Newcastle Mett monthly on Wednesdays 19:30 by Zoom


Competition winners and runners up and judges at the Eastern Region Contest in March 2023

Thursday 11 May 2023

The Big One 21-24 April - Climate and Nature Protests at Parliament Square, London - my trip from Settle

   Over 60,000 people attended the Biodiversity March on the Saturday.  More people attended the demonstrations on other days. Each of us will have our own story.

    I have now found four people who went down from the Settle area and two people I know who went from Skipton (along with several more from Skipton who I don't know) and will include notes and links to stories of three of these at the end


   I considered going to London to the first two days (21, 22 April) of the Climate and Nature Protests coordinated by Extinction Rebellion  (21-24 April).  

   I have been to demonstrations planned by other organisations before before, including Birmingham (on Debt cancellation) and Edinburgh (Make Poverty History 2005 with 225,000 people). The press had given these previous events little publicity,  in spite of them being attended by tens /100s of thousands of people. The Edinburgh event was dwarfed by a Pop concert somewhere the same day. Would the press take any notice this time? This London event was scheduled to be peaceful, no law breaking.  

   The first day involved a service at St John's Church Waterloo, organised by a good number of church groups.

   The Second day was a march for Nature. This day was also Earth Day (22 April).

   In the end, I took the train down on the Thursday evening (carrying the poles to be used by the Green Christian banner) and stayed at the excellent St Pancras Youth Hostel just outside Kings Cross Station.

   On the Friday morning the service organised at St John's Church Waterloo attracted over 1000 people. Then we marched / pilgrimaged - via Shell House  and over Westminster Bridge to Parliament Square, accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. Our number grew to 1400 by the time we were on the bridge.

   At Shell House we (fronted by former Archbishop John Sentamu) attempted to give the Director of Shell a letter asking for discussion, but Shell would not receive the letter.

   At Parliament Square we joined tens of thousands of people already gathered there - with activities and stalls from just about every environment organisation you can think of. (Maybe 30,000 people on the Friday and 60,000 on the Saturday).  

   Saturday was the Biodiversity march.
   I hope to add pictures shortly

   You can read the Green Christian report of events here.  Here are below are mentions of people I know who attended - I hope to write more later.

   Sarah Wiltshire and her partner went down for one day by train and picketed at a government department office.

   Margery and Heinz Toller were there all four days and campaigned Badgers against Bombs on the biodiversity day.  They went with the Iona Community.  Margery wrote:

   "Every major government department was picketed with messages specific to their areas of responsibility for adding to greenhouse gas emissions and to reducing them. This gave a very clear picture of how intersectional and indivisible the issues in this crisis are. "

   There is an article in the Craven Herald this week of 18 May. written by Alex Johnston-Seymour, musician from Skipton : He gives numbers as: Fri (30,000) Sat (50,000) Sun (wet marathon day) ( 20,000) , Monday (15,000). He was involved in the organising of the whole event so it was interesting to read his story.

Friday 5 May 2023

Vegan Food in restaurants in and near Settle - recommendations

"We are visiting Settle this week for a few days - can you recommend any vegan places to eat?" - asked a friend of mine.

I posted this question on "Settle Chat" in Facebook - and here are the helpful suggestions - in rather random order - plus three useful ones at the end.

L DC Craven Arms Giggleswick delicious vegan food x
C R Craven Arms Giggleswick have good vegan options
Craven Arms - Three bean veggie burger.. I think it was.

F R B I am vegan. Come to the Black Horse Hotel in Hellifield. Landlord is vegan also. Just changed to a new menu which l have tried and loved it. 5- 6 choices plus chips ln veg oil. A great place to eat.
The chips are incredible!
Hellifield's pub The Black Horse has some items on their menu

Elaine's Tearooms, Feizor has a good selection of vegan options
J L We have vegan cakes at WONKY Cake.
H M Car and Kitchen cafe for lunch
C M The Knights Table has the best views and vegan options.
Knight Stainforth BD24 0DP
K F Sri Lankan curry and mango stuffed flatbread were amazing

L B Darlings Thai does excellent tofu and veg curries and stir frys
Darlings Of Settle Thai Take Away And Restaurant does an excellent tofu curry.
B J Royal Spice/Settle Spice next to Coop will do you a lovely vegan curry,

The Golden Lion pub are very accommodating if you ask the waiting staff/chefs

The Shambles Chip shop used to use plant based oil rather than beef dripping, worth a check though

R A S yes veg oil ☺️
lovely! Best chippy in Settle by a long shot
G R Yes, The Folly Coffee house 😊
K W The Folly
I enjoyed the falafel salad which was surprisingly filling. D W The Singing Kettle Settle have home made vegan.meals H 'T' D Harts Head Giggleswick is great vegan options ☺️

Well - That's 13 places suggested- A bakers dozen. A P There is a Skipton group Vegans in Skipton and Surrounding Areas worth posting on there.

M D Look on Happy Cow App - I think this is the go-to app for finding places offering vegan food. No local Settle places are on there, so I'd suggest to all the owners/managers of places doing a vegan / veggie offering to get registered for a chance to
over some trade for the area.
(Three days later - I see three places are listed now)

J A 
- finally that reminds me I  have a friend at Barnoldswick who cooks excellent vegan food at peoples houses The Cook in the North (and vegetarian and fish) - I am sure  he would come to Settle.
See also:-

Thursday 4 May 2023

45 Teashops & Eating places within 2.6 miles of Settle

Fancy a cup of coffee? You're in luck at Settle. A choice of over 40 Places!!.
I first wrote this post six years ago in May 2017 - and (its now May 2023) the selection of eating places only gets better!  

(See end of post for four cafes now in  RIP section - they still deserve to be remembered!)

I I keep adding new comments to the top of this post... Maybe you should read the post from the bottom up. Or see Index/Contents list exactly half way down. 

One benefit of Covid is that many cafes now have out door tables either on the pavement in front or in their gardens at the back.

New Spring 2023: Settle Swimming Pool Cafe:  Open seven days a week but check opening times as rather variable and sometimes closed mid afternoon.

March 2022:  Limestone View Cafe is open all week incl Sundays -I went for Sunday Lunch on 13 March - Lunch - you can have a small or large portion. Delicious.

New Jan 2022:-
Settle Methodist Church has changed their coffee mornings from Tue to Wednesdays (10.30-12.00). First Wed of a month is in aid of a charity. First Wed in March 2022- for guide Dogs for the Blind: 

Pics below from Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning in Dec 2021

The Anglican Church still runs coffee mornings on a Tuesday and sells soup and baked potatoes and toasted sandwiches at lunchtime till 1.15pm.

Miss Victoria's Refreshment Garden looks as if its open again after winter.

Limestone View Cafe has reopened and is open 9 till 3pm (though sometimes closes a little bit earlier if there is no-one there

Jan 2022 
A visit to the Craven Arms, next to Giggleswick Station: Ham and Eggs - and in foreground - veggie burger.

New Aug 2021 (well 29 July I think), the main Coop on the market place has started selling hot coffee from a coffee machine.
 But I realise that Booths stopped their coffee machine a while ago, so they cancel each other out.

NEW - early summer 2021: Busy Bee  and (new for me ) Rathmell Old School alternate Sunday Lunches (incl take away).. which I realise fall within the 2.6mile radius,

I wrote an update in July 2020  (see lower down) and now here I am a year later in July 2021: 

Just a paragraph of where Covid is now: Covid, which started affecting us seriously in March 2020 is still here. People started going to Skipton for vaccinations in Feb 2021 then to Lancaster and other places and since May in Settle. This week people came to Settle St John's and were turned away - one person because she had only had a 3 week 6 day period since here first jab, and the government had in the last few days said that an8 week gap is required between vaccinations not just 4 weeks. The second was a very tall 17 year old going off to work tomorrow - but not allowed to have it because the rule is you have to be 18.

July 2021 Update

Two new places closed down in 2020:
Boxer and Hound in spring closed and has been replaced by Busy Bee.  (Opposite the Talbot and Opposite the Folly)

On Saturday 10 July 2020 Sugar and Spice held its final day (on the corner of Station Road). Settle Action for Climate Emergency held its meeting there in person rather than by Zoom, to say good bye to Sacha and wish her well.

On Sunday I went to Rathmell to the Rathmell Old School Community Centre - for a wonderful friendly lunch. these happen fortnightly made by volunteers to raise money for the centre. from 12 to 2pm. so the next ones will be 25 July 8, 22 Aug.
This is 2.6 miles as the crow flies from Settle Market Place.

Even though I arrived at 1.45 there was still hot beef rolls and chips available and a mouth watering choice of deserts. I chose carrot cake because it came in a little box that would be easy as a take away.

Sitting outside on one of the benches (there was a choice of indoor or outdoor places) I met Linda .. who reminded me how she had provided pavlovas for the Anglican Diocese Eco Event at Tosside Community Centre in 2008.

So far As I know the other coffee shops, restaurants etc are either running or planning to open again in August (Langcliffe Teas) or September (Settle Methodist Church Coffee Morning.

Settle Flower Pot Festival is running again this summer.. - so do come and visit Settle July - August

July 2020 update:

A few of the places below are still shutdown due to the Covid Lockdown (e.g. Church Coffee Mornings). It is now Aug 2020. 

Meanwhile news of THREE NEW PLACES opened in 2020- specifically in July 2020 and August:

1. Miss Victoria's Refreshment Garden: 
3: Settle Cheese and Charchuterie Shop - with take away tea and benches outside

1. Miss Victoria's Refreshment Garden: 

Adjacent to Victoria Hall (which now has a delectable display of useful and vintage donated goods for sale to support the hall) - on Kirkgate, opposite Ashfield CarPark
Open most days (but I wonder if it will be slightly weather dependent) 

2: Aory's Thai Take Away and Resturant
The facebook page says:  We are opening on the 15th of July, from 5 till 9, then every Thursday Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5 till 9. We are operating a booking system, you can book a time slot and date up to 2 weeks in advance, once you have booked your slot, you can place your order preferably the day before, thanks.

The new Thai Restaurant is on the north side of the Market Place (above Practically Everything next to the Coop). I went to have a look. On the way found a yellow composite I am not used to seeing round Settle - though it is common nationally. It was growing both below and just above the restaurant. When I have found it in other places (generally in dry, mown road verges) it has been much smaller -
Here is a fine specimen with a fine view of Settle Market Place

Smooth Hawk's-beard - Crepis capillaris
View from  Aory's Take Away Thai Restaurant Settle - opened July 2020

3.   Settle Cheese and Charchuterie Shop - with take away tea and benches outside



45 Places within 3 miles of Settle!!   .. (yes, the total has grown since I started this post two and three quarter years ago.)

The five new ones added in 2019 are:
Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe December 2019  (closed 2022)

Sydney's - Tapas Bar and Restaurant - Summer 2019 (closed 2022)
The Waffle Cone Ice-cream shop Spring 2019
and newly added to this post, but both going many years:
Settle Conservative Club
Settle Social Club

I list all 45 lower down this post.  - I keep adding or highlighting a place every few weeks.

Index of 45 places

Tuesday Mornings only:-

  1. Settle Angl Ch. Tuesday Coffee & Lunches 10-13.30 -

  2. Victoria Hall  Tuesday Coffee and Bacon Butties 10.00-15.00 -CLOSED ?
Wednesday Mornings Only
3. Settle Methodist Ch. Wednesday Coffee Morning 10-12 - 

Sunday Afternoons only:-

4. Langcliffe Teas in Summer - Langcliffe Inst  2-4.30pm. ***** CLOSED - Starting again in summer

All Week Days, and sometimes Sundays:

  1. Lay of the Land Garden Centre 
  2. NEW: The Wonky Cake Cafe
  3. Singing Kettle
  4. Naked Man Cafe             Longridge ice-cream
  5.  Busy Bee     (Started 2021)
  6. 3 Peaks Cycle Shop Cafe
  7. Limestone View Cafe - OPEN!!(March 2022)
  8. The Fisherman - Fish and Chips 11.30-20.30
  9. Fish and Chip Shop Cafe at the Shambles 11.30-19.30 (Cafe) 11.30-20.30 (shop). Yorks Tea
  10. Watershed Mill (really in Langcliffe Parish), 4 minutes walk from the north river bridge -
  11. Car and Kitchen
  12. Bar 13  3pm-11pm Internet Cafe
  13. The Folly Coffee-House Mon- Sat9.30am - 4.30pm; Sun: 10.30am - 4.30 
  14. Settle Swimming Pool Cafe -check on opening hours because not always open in the afternoon -but open sometime seven days a week.

Hostelries in Settle:-

  1. Talbot Arms -     open all day and evening
  2. The Royal Oak   Lunch    12-2.30pm and evenings
  3. The Lion  -  open all day and evening
  4. The Falcon Hotel
  5. Settle Social Club 
  6. Settle Conservative Club

Take Away (Mostly Drinks only)

  1. Forage and Feast      9-3.30pm M,T Th,F  9-1pm W, Sa
  2. Settle Railway Station - Take away coffee
  3. Settle (Coop) Petrol Garage     7am-11pm 
  4. Lambert's newsagents - Market Place- Earliest for coffee: 5.30am-5pm
  5. Premier-Settle Convenience Store - Coffee, 1 Duke St 8am-10pm (-11pm Fri Satt),
  6. The Waffle Cone Ice-cream Shop Spring 2019
  7. Settle Cheese and Charcuterie - Spring 2020

Take Away Food / Evening restaurants:

  1. Milano Pizza -   824411 Take Away and Delivery  4pm-11pm
  2. Ruchees
  3. R. Spice - Indian on the Market Place    5-10pm F, Sa 5-11pm
  4. China Choice - Take away (no tea/coffee)  825825  5pm-11pm (Fri,Sa -middnight)
  5. Italian - Basement of the Shambles    824929 (5-9pm). Summer June-Aug also 12-3pm)
  6. Aory's Thai Take Away and Resturant - replaces Griddle and Sizzle above "Practically Everything" next to the Coop.
  7. Little House              W,Th, F, Sa, Su from 6pm Closed Mo Tu 823963


  1. The Craven Arms  near Gig Rly Station   (weekends and evenings) 
  2. The Black Horse 
  3. The Hart's Head        12pm-9pm

Within three miles of Settle and Giggleswick  

  1. Knights Table - Little Stainforth  Restaurant and bar  BD24 0DP 822200 9.00-21.00
  2. The Craven Heifer, Hostelry Stainforth
  3. The Courtyard Dairy, Cafe and Cheese shop Beyond north end of Settle Bypass  LA2 8AS - View: Google Maps.

Population (2011 Census) Settle:2560 Giggleswick 1270, Langcliffe: 231 (total S,G,L: 4061) 
Stainforth: 231. We also have two large caravan sites (not included)

Place 24: in summer: Settle Railway Station [Return to index]
Shop at Settle Railway Station -
serve Drinks of Tea 

Dec 2017: Place Number 24: Settle Railway Station. On Sat 9th Dec 2017 there were mince pies and sherry  at 10am onwards -and the chance to hear Settle Voices singing folk carols at 10am  before they set off  on the train for Ribblehead 


Right: Enjoying the Christmas Food at Settle Station Open Day 2016

Above: 10 December 2016 - Jumpy filming - but meaningful words

Below: 13 Dec 2014 - this makes a good story.
 (The video is so long so you may wish to skip the middle two thirds.)

Then in the afternoon Settle Voices are joined by Lakeland Voices -- singing in...


Place number 21: the Lion - [Return to index]


Nov 2017: (Day of Rainforest Fund Coffee Morning at St John's)
Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity


August 2017: During Settle Flowerpot Festival:
Place number 27: Coffee available from 5.30am!! - Lamberts: Newsagents on the Marketplace:  [Return to index]

 Lamberts has an outside  Notice board with small adds.

It's Settle FlowerPot Festival time of year - and Lamberts has a Liquorice Allsort Man!.

Place number 42: Opened on 27 June 2017: The Courtyard Dairy [Return to index]

Note May 2023: They are currently having extensions, and the  sit down cafe is not currently operating. The sit-down cafe will be opened in late summer. Meanwhile you can still buy take away tea and coffee and fresh icecream from the icecream machine. 

The shop

 This is 3.4 miles from the centre of Settle - so maybe not within the 2.6 mile definition.. But it's such a fine place I must include it:
Upstairs is the cafe
See my blogpost 


Place number 18:-. Brand new Opened on 21 June 2017: The Coffee- House at The Folly [Return to index]

This picture was taken on 19 June -
as the electricians make final touches
to the new Coffee-house

Inside a Sneak preview
picture taken two days before opening:-
There are two coffee rooms.. 

Ivy-leaved Toadflax growing near the door.

Place number 20: 3 Peaks (Cycle Shop) Cafe [Return to index]

Three Peaks Cycle shop -New  Cafe -
Opening times || Picture of inside of cafe  

Place number 8: The Singing Kettle, Settle [Return to index]

The Singing Kettle, Settle

5.  Poppies Tea Room [Return to index]

Poppies Tea Room


The Talbot Arms
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The Talbot Arms has just had its doorposts painted for you.

Enjoy the beer garden at the back of the Talbot

Place number 1: St John's Tuesday coffee mornings 10-12
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Place number 1: Settle Methodist Church BD24 9JH
: 10am-12midday - There is coffee every Tuesday - but the first Tuesday of the month it is always for charity. e.g. on 5 Nov 2019 we made £170 for the Rainforest Fund!

We may be losing our local schools and petrol stations (and even pubs) .. but ..
Settle residents and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to partaking of tea or coffee.

Early-late evening meals: 16 places within 3 miles of Settle
Cup of tea/coffee/cakes on a Tuesday morning within Settle itself (excluding even Giggleswick): 17 places (or 20 including take-aways). Not bad for a resident population of c.4500 (including Settle, Giggleswick, Langcliffe and Stainforth)

Places nearby but outside Settle include (distances from Settle Market Place) : The Courtyard - 1.7 miles, Craven Arms (1.3 miles) The Knights Table. Little Stainforth (2.6 miles), The Craven Heifer, Stainforth (2.4 miles) The Courtyard Dairy 3.4 miles.

A big thank you to all the visitors who support our shops!!!.


These places below have ceased trading, or moved.

In 2021 I visited the Courtyard on the A65 just south of Settle where the restaurant continues, and where there was a new shop selling local produce. It has now moved to Watershed Mill, Langcliffe - But it just sells food and drink for you to prepare yourself.

Skyre (extreme low cal. yoghurt) from near Skipton, Sausages from Hellifield Highland Cattle, Choriza from Malham, Milk from near Ingleton, Meats supplied from local farms via Drake and Macefield. 

1. Newly opened on 1 Dec 2019: Sugar and Spice - Eco-Friendly Cafe


On Saturday 10 July 2020 Sugar and Spice held its final day (on the corner of Station Road). Settle Action for Climate Emergency held its meeting there in person rather than by Zoom, to say good bye to Sacha and wish her well.
2. The Boxer and Hound was replaced by The Busy Bee in 2021 (Opposite the Talbot and Opposite the Folly)

May 2018: Newly opened:
Place number 10: The Boxer and Hound  - [Return to index]
on facebook 
6 High Street, BD24 9EX Settle

Light snacks. Open till 6pm which is useful. Plans to be open 10am-8pm Specialises in Yorkshire ground coffee and speciality beers.

How do you tell it is dog friendly  apart from the name?

Ans: There is a dog's water bowl at the entrance. 

I see it is toddler friendly too.

3. 2023: The Courtyard  Restaurant on the A65 at the  before the entrance to Settle seems to have closed.
4. 2022: Sydney's - Tapas Bar
We have lost two in 2019 - Traidcraft at the Quakers, 

Post first started 24 May 2017 but is frequently updated - 
latest  May 2023.