Information on Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire
Horton in Ribblesdale is a small village of around 500 inhabitants and has station which is a stop on the Settle to Carlisle line. It’s a popular starting and finishing location for the 3 Peaks walk and the Pen-y-ghent Cafe is the home of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire club. The café operates a clock-in/out system to time, to aid the safety of walkers. A clock card machine records the start and end time of walkers and those who complete the challenge in 12 hours qualify for membership of the club. The village also has two pubs, The Crown Hotel and The Golden Lion, a couple of campsites, and a parish church. Horton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, with ‘in Ribblesdale’ being added in the thirteenth century , presumably to distinguish it from other towns across England with the same name –Horton being a common term originally meaning a farm on muddy land. In addition to the 3 Peaks, The Pennine Way and Ribble Way also pass through the village, and it’s also popular with cavers and pot holers with Alum Pot and the Long Churn caves close to the village.