With the cost of living pinching, Brits are understandbly on the look-out for holiday destinations on these shores. Of course, they’re well aware of the classic British staycation spots – Cornwall, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, the Peak District – but the exorbitant costs driven by rampant demand leaves many of the well-known resorts and retreats out of their financial reach.

Enter Settle, North Yorkshire. Situated in the lesser known Craven District, the town is home to around 2,500 people and crucially, is way off the beaten track when it comes to overcrowded tourist destinations.

Settle boasts stunning stone architecture and access to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, meaning it offers truly spectacular scenery.

What’s more, the area is flanked by two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Forest of Bowland in the west and Nidderdale in the east – so really are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking in magnificent views.

But how to get there? Well from London it’s about a four-and-a-half hour drive or you can catch a three-hour-45-minute train from London King’s Cross. However, if you’re a little closer to Settle, perhaps Carlisle, your best bet is to take the glorious Carlisle to Settle Railway which travels over one of the country’s most impressive viaducts.

One Tripadvisor reviewer said of the famous journey: “Fabulous train journey! Sensational scenery. Great value too £22 return from Settle to Carlisle. But don’t expect to see anything of the ribblehead viaduct! You go over it but you see nothing of it from the train!”

The Ribblehead Viaduct, a Grade-II listed structure, carries passengers into Settle from Cumbria. However, it really is an attraction in and of itself. Only 15 minutes via the train from Settle, visitors to the North Yorkshire town can head to Ribblehead and wander out to the striking feat of engineering and take a look for themselves.

When in the Settle area, there are few better places to stay than The Traddock – a “small luxury country hotel” offering fantastic food and all the creature comforts you need to make your trip one to savour.

Tripadvisor reviewers have raved about the hotel, with one visitor saying of the spot: “Stunning setting in a beautiful village. Impeccable service at every turn from a hardworking professional team.. from front of house to bar staff to our servers at dinner. This was a short stay for us as a special treat and the first time we have been in a hotel with our dog.

“Super lovely room with comfy bed and good shower, and lots of nice extra touches eg Molton Brown products. We were made to feel very looked after. Special mention for the amazing meal – thoughtful, creative dishes with beautiful presentation. Excellent breakfast – loved my haddock and big range of fruit options. Very reasonable prices for a five star experience”.