Gemstone Cottage is a beautiful self-catering cottage in the Yorkshire Dales. Within a few minutes walk, you can be in the centre of Settle, a lively market town packed with independent shops, cafes and restaurants, and excellent pubs like the Golden Lion and the Talbot Arms. There is space for four people in two bedrooms, so the cottage is the perfect escape for couples, families and friends.
Settle is a fantastic town that is large enough to have plenty of amenities, yet not so big that it feels busy and impersonal. The friendly locals are proud of their community and will happily advise you on everything from the best walks to the tastiest ales, including those made in the award-winning Settle Brewery. Settle is renowned for the Settle to Carlisle Railway which runs for 73 miles through the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, introducing passengers to the staggeringly gorgeous scenery.
The landscape around Gemstone Cottage is ideal for people who enjoy escaping crowds and breathing in clean air. Settle is on the River Ribble, and there is a flat and accessible footpath running beside the water which is home to salmon and heron. The Ribblehead Viaduct is breathtaking in its scale. Its 24 arches make up part of the Settle to Carlisle railway line and is a real feat of Victorian engineering. The moors open up just half a mile from the cottage, giving you more opportunities for walking and mountain biking. The Settle Loop is a fantastic path for both walking and cycling, while Gisburn Forest has excellent mountain bike trails to suit all abilities. If you are feeling particularly energetic, why not tackle the Three Peaks of Whernside, Ingleside and Pen-y-Ghent. Those who prefer more gentle activities will be happy to hear there is a golf course less than a mile from the cottage.
Popular Yorkshire Dales National Park attractions near Gemstone Cottage include the Stainforth Force waterfalls, Hoffman Kiln, Ingleborough Caves, and the Pennine Way. As if all that was not enough to get excited about, the Lake District National Park is only 30 miles from Settle, while the North Pennines are just a few miles further.
The Yorkshire Dales has a reputation as being bleak and forbidding, but nothing could be further from the truth. This stunning landscape is dotted with picturesque towns like Settle, with gorgeous stone buildings that have been welcoming visitors for centuries. At Gemstone Cottage you can spend happy days walking and cycling, and relaxing evenings warming your toes in front of the fireplace before turning in for a sound nights sleep and the promise of doing it all again tomorrow.