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This is a lovely walk from Settle, along green lanes, into an ancient woodland, and visits one of the world’s smallest art galleries.
3. Fantastic views over the River Ribble floodplain, known as the Long Preston Deeps. This area was once a huge lake and is now managed for wildlife – snipe, lapwing, curlew, redshank and oystercatcher. There is a bird hide at Wigglesworth to watch the birds. Below you is Settle Junction – one railway line goes to Morecambe the other heads to Settle and on to Carlisle.
4. Cleatop Wood was planted in 2003 with oak, ash, alder, birch, rowan, hazel and holly. Some planting was done by schoolchildren as a part of the Trees for All project.
5. Cleatop Park is one of the largest areas of ancient woodland in the Dales and has not been disturbed for many years. It is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and includes deciduous oak, birch and beech. In springtime the forest floor is covered in wild flowers including bluebells and wood anemones.
7. Spectacular views towards Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough and into Settle.
11. In 2009 the red phone box was converted into a community art gallery. The phone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who also designed the Bankside Power Station in London, which now houses a slightly bigger gallery, the Tate Modern!