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Ribblehead Hub, Carnforth

Access the Dales is delighted to announce that the Station Inn is the hub host for Ribblehead.

The Station Inn
Low Sleights Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS


Located in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead is an area of moorland at the head of the River Ribble, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Ribblehead is most known for Ribblehead Railway Station and Ribblehead Viaduct located on the Settle to Carlisle railway. It is a point on the Dales Way and Yorkshire Three Peaks walks, with views of Ingleborough and Whernside peaks. 

Ribblehead Viaduct

Places with disabled bathrooms 

  • Horton-in-Ribblesdale National Park car park (BD24 0HG) (5.6 miles from The Station Inn) 

  • ​Community Centre car park, Ingleton (LA6 3HG) (6 miles from The Station Inn) 

  • Stainforth National Park car park (BD24 9PH) (9.4 miles from The Station Inn) 


  • Clapham National Park car park (LAQ 8EQ) (10 miles from The Station Inn)  

Places to eat and drink

  • The Station Inn, Ribblehead – ground level access with ground level toilets (no disabled toilets) 

  • The Goat Gap café - wheelchair friendly with an accessible toilet 

  • The Craven Heifer, Ingleton - Ground level toilets (no disabled toilets) but do have an accessible entrance and ground floor seating. No accessible accommodation. 

  • The Marton Arms, Ingleton - Accessible entrance and accessible toilet. There are two small steps at the entrance however a ramp is provided. The Marton Arms are also working on ground floor accessible accommodation however this isn’t open as of May 2023.  

  • Three Horse Shoes, Ingleton – Accessible entrance but has two little steps up to toilet and one little step up to the bar. Spacious dining area for wheelchair users. 

  • Mason Freehouse - Accessible entrance through front door, spacious dining room for wheelchair access, ground level toilets (but no disabled bathrooms).

Places to park 

  • If you are borrowing the Breeze mobility vehicle from The Station Inn, you may use their car park. The entrance is located between two buildings and is clearly labelled. 

  • There is also plenty of off-road parking to either side of Low Sleights Road in close vicinity of The Station Inn.  

Places to visit 

  • Clapham Cave and Trail 
    Discover beautiful woodland en-route to Ingleborough cave and Ingleborough mountain. A powered mobility scooter that can negotiate the trail is available but must be pre-booked. There is disabled parking and an accessible toilet both at the start of the trail and at Clapham National car park.  


  • Settle Carlilse Railway 
    See the Yorkshire Dales from the train window on the Settle Carlisle Railway which is said to be the prettiest train journey in England. The train operating company, Northern, is committed to making their services as accessible and easy to use as possible. 


Places to stay 

  • The New Inn, Clapham – Wheelchair accessible room on the ground floor.  

  • Lundholme Farm, Ingleton – Cottage with ground floor access and en-suite ‘wet room’. 

  • Dales Lodge, Ingleton - Disabled shower room and toilet 

  • Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Little Stainforth – Wheelchair accessible shower and toilet block 

  • Rouster Cottage, Settle – Disabled access 

  • Seal Parrock Cottage – Ground floor but no disabled toilet or bathroom facilities 

Walking route 1 - Ribblehead Quarry

Distance: 0.5 miles

Time: 20 minutes

Nearest toilet: Ribblehead station*

Car park: The Station Inn

*This toilet is usually open between the hours of 10:15 and 15:15 between 1st April and 31st October.  
It is NOT fully accessible. It has a small lip into the cubicle and there are no grab rails. 

The nearest accessible toilets are located at: 
Community Centre car park, Main Street, Ingleton (LA6 3HG). 
Horton-In-Ribblesdale National Park car park, Pennine Way, Settle (BD24 0HG).  

To access these facilities, you will require a RADAR key.  

The Route

This is a scenic walk which takes you from The Station Inn to the Ribblehead Quarry. It is a relatively flat walk. Don’t forget to keep your eyes and ears open for the trains as they go over the viaduct. When you reach the quarry, listen out for a variety of birdsong, including curlews and lapwings.

Things to look out for on the walk:

  • Ingleborough Peak

  • Whernside Peak

  • Ribblehead Station

  • Ribblehead Viaduct

Important Information:

Please respect the local area and take any litter home with you.

Stick to the paths recommended within this guide.

Keep any dogs you have with you on a lead. This is to protect the local livestock and nesting birds.

It is important to close any gate you travel through. This is to ensure the safety of livestock in the area.

There may be large vehicles on the road to the quarry. Please be aware of your surroundings and move to the side of the road to accommodate any vehicles.

The starting point of the route

The point at which to turn around

1) Looking across the road from The Station Inn, you will see the entrance to Ribblehead Station. Do not take this road.

2) Instead, leave The Station Inn and turn right. There is no pedestrian walkway, so you will be required to stay on the road.
*Stay to the far right of the road, facing any oncoming traffic*


3) Soon you will pass under the bridge.

4) After the bridge, cross the road to take the left turning.







5) Continue down this road. The railway line will be on your left.

6) You will come to a fork in the road. Look out for the following sign.


7) Travel through the gate.








8) Once through the gate look out for the information point on your left which provides information about the Nature Reserve and Quarry.

9) Continue to follow the path down the incline.
Make sure to take in the views of Ingleborough.







10) Look out for the green posts. At the first post, turn left and travel up the slight incline.








11) At the top of the incline, follow the markers to the right and travel down the incline. Ahead you will see a view of Ingleborough.

12) Once you have spent enough time immersing yourself in the surroundings, return to the gate you previously came through.







13) Go through the gate, turn left and continue back towards The Station Inn. The railway line will be on your right.

14) Once you reach the main road, turn right and pass under
the bridge.









15) Cross the road and return to The Station Inn.









This is the end of the route.

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