Horton-in-Ribblesdale lies below the huge sphinx-like form of Pen-y-ghent, one of the iconic Yorkshire Three Peaks. It is the preferred starting point for the Three Peaks Walk, a challenge walk requiring the combined ascent of some 7,000 feet (2,000 metres) onto the summits of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough within 12 hours. It's also on the Pennine Way and is easily accessible via the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway
Pubs and cafes
The village has two traditional pubs, The Crown lies right on the Pennine Way and welcomes weary walkers with log fires and local ales, as does the Golden Lion which has a stone flagged bar area especially for those with muddy boots and maybe the odd dog in tow. You will find the celebrated Pen-y-ghent Café and shop in the centre of Horton. It is known as the official start and timing point for the Three Peaks Walk because of the old ticket punching machine inside. You can time yourself in a more modern way using our official Yorkshire Three Peaks app, sales of which fund essential path repairs on the challenge route.
There is a variety of accommodation on offer in and around the village from a central campsite to B&Bs and large bunkbarns. Visit the Horton village website for details.
Walking and mountain biking
Fine walking routes head westwards over to Moughton Scar, Crummackdale, Austwick and Clapham, northwards up to Sulber for Ingleborough or Ribblehead, eastwards over Pen-y-ghent and Fountains Fell along the Pennine Way to Malham, and southwards along the Ribble Way to Settle. The area is also renowned for its adrenalin-pumping mountain biking routes. Check out our MTB the Dales website for recommendations.
Horton is easily accessible via the Settle Carlisle Line. There is also a limited bus service from Settle. A small National Park car park and toilet facilities are available in the centre of the village. In the summer, more parking is available in a nearby farmer's field. If you park on the roadside, please avoid blocking in the people who live and work here