HALT Route Summary

HALT Route Summary

The Howgills and Limestone Trail (HALT), from Kirkby Stephen to Settle, is 76.5 miles in length and split into 7 stages passing through the same area as that of the latter stages of the Pennine Journey route. However, apart from a few hundred yards above Ingleton Falls, it takes an entirely different route but shares many of the Journey’s staging posts. The Howgills and Limestone Trail arrives in Sedbergh from Kirkby Stephen via the Howgills and the Lune valley. A short rural stretch through Ireby into Ingleton is preceded by the high ground of Middleton Fell and the pot-holing country close to Barbon.

The two routes cross on Ingleborough and again in Horton in Ribblesdale with the Trail’s final day taking in an ascent of Penyghent before reaching the spectacular Catrigg Force after crossing the stepping stones of Stainforth Beck. Both routes coincide, and end, at Settle station.

Map showing both Howgills and Limestone Trail route as well as the corresponding Pennine Journey route
Map showing both the Howgills and Limestone Trail route as well as the corresponding Pennine Journey route

Click on the route section below to discover more about each days route and the places it passes through. There is also the option to view a map and route profile of each days section plus you can download a free GPX route file courtesy of our Publicity Officer, Robert Cullen.

Day 1:
Kirkby Stephen to Ravonstonedale
Distance: 8.5 miles
Ascent: 1,244 ft

Day 2:
Ravonstonedale to Cautley
Distance: 9.5 miles
Ascent: 1,299 ft

Day 3:
Cautley to Sedbergh
Distance: 11.75 miles
Ascent: 2,940 ft

Day 4:
Sedbergh to Barbon
Distance: 11.25 miles
Ascent: 2,217 ft 

Day 5:
Barbon to Ingleton
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 1,715 ft

Day 6:
Ingleton to Horton in Ribblesdale
Distance: 12.5 miles
Ascent: 2,777 ft

Day 7:
Horton in Ribblesdale to Settle
Distance: 12 miles
Ascent: 2,744

Total Distance: 76.5 miles
Total Ascent: 14,936 ft

" . . . a region where the walking is delightfully easy, often on old grassgrown roads, often on velvet turf, and where the gradients are gentle. This is a part of England that should be better known by walkers who love quiet hills."

Alfred Wainwright writing in Limestone Country
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