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The local area guide to living in Settle

Settle is a classic English market town that lies within one of the most attractive parts of the Yorkshire dales. The town is famous for its impressive market, scenic railway line and for being the home of England’s oldest working music hall, Victoria Hall. The town has a very attractive character with many of the sturdy houses being built from local stone during the 17th century. Many of these beautiful old buildings have been preserved and restored, such as The Folly, a Grade I listed building that dates back to the 1600s. The North Craven Building Preservation Trust bought and restored the building, and it now houses the Museum of North Craven Life, as well as a revolving program of exhibitions during the year. The pleasant town square is surrounded by local businesses, many of them independent and family owned, as well as Ye Olde Naked Man, which is thought to be the oldest café in the country. Just outside the town are the glorious Yorkshire dales, which are perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities, including cycling, mountain biking, fell walking and climbing.

Information about the local residents

At the 2001 censes, Settle had a population of 2,421, which increased only very slightly by the 2011 count to 2,564. Settle falls within the Settle and Ribblebanks ward, which is administrated by Craven district council. 94.7% of residents were born in England and the average age of the population is 47. The main occupations in Settle and Ribblebanks are skilled trades, followed by professionals, and managers and senior officials.

Nearby schools

Settle Church of England Primary School was classed as ‘good’ in its last Ofsted inspection and was commended for having teachers who ‘push pupils to work hard, resulting in good progress’. Secondary education is provided by Settle College, a co-educational school for pupils aged 11-18. Ofsted classed the school as ‘good’ and praised the work of teachers and governors who have ‘brought about significantly improved examination results since the previous inspection’.

Getting around

Settle lies very near to the A65, which goes to Kendal in the north and Skipton in the south. The closest motorway junctions are the M6 at Ravensdale and the M65 at Nelson. There are local bus services to all areas of Cumbria and Yorkshire, plus some that run into the Scottish Borders. Settle has its own train station, with a southerly service to Leeds every two hours, which takes about an hour. From here further connections can be made to Manchester, York, Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and London. There is also a regular northbound service to Carlisle, where onward services can be taken to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.

Local shops

Settle is a wonderful place to shop, with a traditional market being held both indoors and outdoors every Tuesday, whatever the weather. Around the market square there is an excellent selection of shops selling everything from cheese to crafts, as well as a Co-op and a branch of Booths for everyday food and household needs. There is a real emphasis on locally produced goods, which you will find at shops such as The Wholesome Bee, which sells ethically sourced food, and Warren & Wright, a jewellers specialising in Borders Fine Arts.

Settle is a wonderful place for foodies, and is rightly proud of The Traddock, a restaurant that has been awarded two rosettes by the AA. There is a good selection of quality pubs, a popular Indian restaurant called the Ruchee, and a nice selection of cosy little tea rooms and cafes, including Ye Olde Naked Man, which has an onsite bakery and specialises in producing homemade and seasonal produce.

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