Attermire Scar

Attermire Scar

Attermire Scar is an impressive limestone scar, over a mile in length, situated high above Settle and the small side valley of Stockdale.

Together with nearby Warrendale Knotts, Attermire Scar forms part of a limestone wonderland that is a joy to explore again and again. The gleaming white limestone contrasts beautifully with the surrounding green grass.

Attermire Scar from Warrendale Knotts with the entrance to Victoria Cave clearly visible
Attermire Scar from Warrendale Knotts with the entrance to Victoria Cave clearly visible

Although visually impressive the Attermire Scar’s main claim to fame are the numerous caves that can be found dotted around the scar. These include, from north to south; Jubilee Cave, Wet Cave, Albert Cave, Victoria Cave, Attermire Cave and Horseshoe Cave.

Inside Jubilee Cave
Inside Jubilee Cave

Victoria Cave is particularly well known for its prehistoric remains including the bones of mammoths, rhinos, hippos and hyenas. It is strange to think of such animals roaming around an area that is now the preserve of sheep, rabbits and walkers.

In the main opening of Victoria Cave
In the main opening of Victoria Cave

Although entry into Victoria Cave is discouraged it is possible to explore a short way into Jubilee Cave, Wet Cave and Attermire Cave. The latter sits high on a grassy ledge and is not that easy to find. Once inside though it is possible to walk, with the aid of a torch, some distance into the cave.

The long passageway in Attermire Cave
The long passageway in Attermire Cave

A walk from Settle or Stainforth that includes Catrigg Force, Warrendale Knotts and the caves of Attermire Scar is one of the finest walks in Ribblesdale.

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