The market town with stunning scenery and top-rated Airbnbs just 90 minutes’ drive from Manchester

With dramatic limestone gorges, waterfalls and endless stretches of green hills, the Yorkshire Dales are home to some incredible scenery.

Situated on the edge of the national park is the charming market town of Settle, a place steeped in history and surrounded by stunning scenery.

It’s also where you’ll find some of the best Airbnbs in the country, making it a great place to stay.

According to experts from homedit.comSettle is the highest rated region in the UK for Airbnb, beating popular destinations such as the Cotswolds and the Isle of Skye.

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The area has over 400 Airbnbs to choose from, with an average rating of 4.93, so you won’t have a choice.

About an hour and a half’s drive from Manchester, Settle gives you all the benefits of a relaxed country getaway away from the city without having to walk too far.

Move to town hall

The town itself is full of independent shops and cafes, housed in beautiful stone buildings, some dating from the 17th century.

It’s also full of quirky places to visit, including the “smallest” art gallery in the world (housed in a red phone booth) and a bakery and cafe called Ye Olde Naked Man.

For culture vultures, there’s the beautiful 19th-century Victoria Hall, which regularly hosts concerts, plays and comedy nights.

Ribblehead Viaduct
The Ribblehead Viaduct is surrounded by stunning countryside

Of course Settle is probably best known for the breathtaking Settle-Carlisle railway line, which features bridges, tunnels and viaducts, including the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct which passes over the valley of Ribble.

Settle is an excellent base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales. A short drive from the town is the village of Malham, which has several beautiful sights on its doorstep.

There’s the mesmerizing Malham Cove, instantly recognizable to Harry Potter fans thanks to the bizarre rock formations of the limestone cliffs.

Nearby is the spectacular Gordale Scar, a hidden gorge that cuts through the landscape. Or visit the idyllic Janet’s Foss waterfall.

Anse Malham
Malham Cove was used as a location in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Not far from Settle is Ingleborough, the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Or venture underground to Ingleborough Cave, which is fully lit so you can admire the intriguing stalagmites and stalactites.

After walking around Settle, you can easily visit many other towns and villages. For a decent walk head towards Stainforth which is 3 miles away, passing the picturesque hamlet of Feizor on the way.

Austwick, about 8km from Settle, offers impressive views of two of the Three Peaks, or take a walk through the beautiful landscape of Bowland Forest and visit Slaidburn.

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