|Catrigg Force, Jubilee and Victoria Caves|
Catrigg Force and The Caves
is a superb 6 mile walk starting and ending in the centre of the
village of Langcliffe, through some of the best limestone scenery in
the country. The walk starts on the car park at
Langcliffe, When coming into the village on the Settle to Horton Rd,
turn right at the sign to Malham, and follow the winding road a couple
of hundred yards to the public car park on the left.
Leave the car park on the track at the back left hand side and almost
immediately fork right. You are now on a classic Dales Walled lane.
until it ends at a gate. Follow the path alongside a
wall on your right as it climbs the hillside. The way becomes slightly
steeper as it ascends the hill to a gate at the top. Through the
gate and slightly right as the path climbs further, past a cairn and
into a field with limestone outcrops. At a stile, cross into
another field and follow the obvious path across to another stile to emerge on a farm track.
Turn right on the track, cross cattle grid and go straight on with the
wall on your left, as the track bears right, keep straight ahead on a
broad grassy track to a gate/stile.
3. From here go through the
gate and descend the track to another gate, go through and immediately
right at a signpost for Catrigg Force. The best view of the waterfall
is to go left at
the bottom and descend through the woods to the base of the fall. A
spectacular 20 metre drop through the rocky gorge.
the way you came back to point 3. Through the gate and follow the broad
track as it bends left and comes to a tarmac road. Turn right and walk
down the road through lovely limestone
scenery, pass an ancient Lime
kiln on your left then just after a lay by / parking area, turn left on
to an obvious green track towards Jubilee Cave.
6. Follow this
track to a wall stile with an old stone tough on the other side.
Continue until the path forks and take the left grassy track to to a
wall stile, cross this on to a cart track.
Jubilee cave is now right in front of you. The cave has 2 obvious
entrances, the one on the right a bigger space where you can walk for
about 10 metres. There are lots of nooks and crannies and other tight
to other entrances on the hill side.
7. Return to the cart
track and go left for a few yards and then fork left up a track
signposted to Victoria Cave. This is a massive cave with an info board
explaining its history just outside,
Again its OK to enter the cave but there are barriers not far inside
advising you to go no further. From the cave drop back down to the
original track and continue with the wall on your right. Continue
onwards until the path
starts to descend, at the bottom there is a large opening in the wall
and this is where you turn right. Alternatively you can turn left and
make the steep climb / scramble up a thin path to reach Attamire cave.
If you go to
this cave, you will need a torch to see, as you can meander along a
for about 20 metres. If you so wish, you can then squeeze though a gap
to emerge into a large 30 foot high chamber with a knee deep pool of
water in the open space.
8. Back at the bottom go through the
wall gap and follow the path with the wall on your left. Looking to
your right you have the glorious view of Warrendale Knotts, like a mini
range, outstanding scenery. Continue over a stile before forking right
at an obvious fork in the grass path and head towards a cave visible
ahead. Bivi Cave when you get there it’s just a small tent sized cave
(hence its name) from here follow the path with the wall on your right
and the superb Warrendale Knotts scenery also on your right.
Follow this track until the wall ends and then continue downhill with
the town of Settle now spread out in front of you. Drop down steeply to
a wall and then turn right along a broad
grassy track with the wall now on your left. At a stile, cross the wall
and keep ahead towards a small woodland, pass through a gate to the
right of the woodland and follow this as it drops back into Langcliffe
the car park.