Settle-Carlisle Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway
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he Settle to Carlisle railway is one of the world's greatest rail journeys. It carves its way through the magnificent landscape of the Yorkshire Dales and then descends to Cumbria's lush green Eden Valley with its views of the Pennines and Lakeland Fells. A seven day a week service of diesel sprinter units, operated by Northern, provides locals and visitors to the region plenty of choice of when to travel, and the opportunity to board and leave the train at many of the beautifully preserved stations along the route. Customers can also expect a refreshment trolley service on select train services running between Settle and Carlisle/Carlisle and Settle. This profile is managed by the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company (SCRDC). SCRDC is an accredited Community Rail Partnership, by the Department for Transport.
Settle, North Yorkshire, England

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2023

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Mulliz
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I was travelling from Glasgow to Keighley and booked this train as it was the cheapest route by far. After getting off a filthy, smelly London euston train from Glasgow I boarded this train at Carlisle. The train was spotless and very pleasant, comfy and lots off leg room. Spent the 2 hour journey gazing out of the window at the stunning views. The service on board was what made me write this review, the lady with the food trolley was like free a tour guide telling us interesting stories and pointing out things of interest. She was very pleasant and helpful and it made this journey one to remember.
Other train companies should take note of all this.
Written January 20, 2020
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cityspotterUk
UK224 contributions
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Jul 2020
Enjoyed a great trip from Skipton to Appleby this week along this line on the recently introduced Tourist Charter train service.

The train was pulled by a Classic diesel engine and the carriages provided great views through the large windows.

We were seated in a comfortable and spacious first class carriage with social distancing provided. A good range of refreshments were available onboard including hot and cold drinks, wine and snacks.

Passengers can join the service at Settle instead of Skipton and a choice of return services is available with Rail Charter Services.

We chose the lunch time departure to from Skipton to Appleby which allowed about an hour in Appleby for a walk into the town and a drink before returning but a full day alternative is also available.

Car parking is available at Skipton Station which cost us £4 payable in the station booking office.

Great views and comfortable relaxed journey.
Written July 31, 2020
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Suratrichard
Surat Thani, Thailand1,616 contributions
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Dec 2019
Whatever the weather, traveling on this line is an absolute must if you are the Cumbrian/North Yorkshire area. We have travelled from Langwathby to Skipton in brilliant sunshine, in winter with the countryside snow covered and on a dull grey day with very low cloud. It doesn't matter...there's a certain magical quality about the journey with its quaint well maintained stations to the magnificence of the amazing Ribblehead Viaduct.
Even though the train is often only two carriages ( can sometimes be difficult finding a seat), it does, on most trains, have a buffet trolley operated by the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle Railway. In addition to serving a wide range of refreshments, the volunteers are extremely knowledgeable about the line's history.
The route passes through some delightful villages and across the wild and sometimes bleak countryside.
I do have one complaint which has nothing to do with the company operating the trains or railway and volunteer staff but some of the other passengers. When you buy a ticket, it does not entitle you to take up another seat for your luggage or shopping etc whilst, when new passengers board the train, you are looking steadfastly out of the window or pretending to be asleep!
Written January 7, 2020
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We are so pleased that you always enjoy your journeys on our wonderful line. We entirely agree about passengers who take up two seats instead of one. This happens on all railways and even on our busy line, there is usually somewhere to put your luggage without its taking up a seat! Some of the guards do go down the train making such offenders remove themselves or their luggage from spare seats.
Written January 8, 2020
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Caroline F
Grimsby, UK16 contributions
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Aug 2020
Do not book with Rail Charter Services for this trip.Four of us had booked this trip that we where so looking forward to after being cooped up for so long due to covid.We paid £138 for 4 of us on a return journey to Appleby.Arrived at Settle station in good time with booking confirmation and allocated seat tickets in hand.Train arrives ,climb on board looking for seats and our seats where already taken by others.When we said these were our allocated seats the people in them said that they where told that they could sit anywhere and that they where not moving as they had now contaminated those seats!We where then told by staff that there was plenty of room in the next carriage.So we reluctantly went in to the next carriage to be cast aside.We never got to find out any points of interest because the only time any one came through was to try and sell us a book.!What an absolute waste of money.When I complained to the staff member on board he said that, that is what he was up against cos his seating arrangements wasn't the same as what rail charters where sending to customers.Would I recommend not with this company cos you could do exactly the same thing we ended up doing a lot cheaper by doing it your self.On a positive note the scenery is beautiful

Written August 9, 2020
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David J
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Jun 2021
Very Expensive at £180 per person.You actually sit on the train for 14 hours.
The scenic Settle to Carlisle route takes 2 hours each way and you have 2 hours in Carlisle ,the rest of the time you are sitting in railway sidings sometimes up to 1.45 hours and travelling in non scenic areas of Yorkshire. Why I have no idea but by the time you arrive back in york you have been on this excursion for 14 hours. Rediculous considering the time spent on the actual reason for it being settle to Carlisle return which lasts 4 hours.
It is very poor value for money. You get a dry bacon roll and tea or coffee on the way out and sandwiches,scone and tea or coffee on the way back.
The train is pulled from Carlisle to Hellifield by diesel engine and the steam engine is attached so on arrival at york station expecting to see a sream engine you will be dissapointed.It is also replaced at Hellifield on the return journey so the only opportunity to see the steam engine is in Carlisle.
Unless you enjoy sitting on a train for 14 hours I would recommend giving this trip a miss.
Written June 20, 2021
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FOCUSVON
Liverpool, UK4,762 contributions
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Jul 2021
I booked a surprise return trip Skipton/Carlisle return for my wife’s birthday Sunday 25th July this was to include first class seats and a full Sunday lunch 48 hours prior to our trip I emailed to say that our e-tickets had not arrived and to my horror received a reply stating that our Sunday lunch was not going to happen due to the new train set up which left only 16 dinning seats, not sure when we would have been told about this had I not asked for my tickets so if you have a booking which includes food my advice would be to email and ask if your booking is complete.
Anyway after some email discussion with a gentleman called Adrian I decided to continue our trip even without the food option having been assured that part of the cost would be refunded to me (still waiting for that at the time of writing)
So with the negative parts of my review over I have to say we had an amazing day out (see the photos) we had the pleasure to meet the previously mentioned Adrian who was in Skipton and Carlisle to board the train and travelled himself on both journeys we were on, I accepted his apologies and detail information for the reasons behind the lack of food for us on the train and felt he and his team did everything within their power to ensure all passengers had a great day out.
Worth a mention each seat has a power point so that you can keep your phone charged but unfortunately the train Wi Fi does not work
Special mention to Alan who I think maybe the train manager who went above and beyond to provide my wife and I with a French press coffee when the coffee machine in the buffet car started to play up even delivering the same to our seat.
To sum up this trip is first class value food or no food and will only get better as small teething problems are sorted on a super train that had only been in service a few days when we travelled,

The views are stunning and on Sunday last the train was only around 25% full so get it booked and have a great day out, any questions drop me a message anytime
Big Thank you to Adrian and the whole team

From John and Yvonne
Written July 28, 2021
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Explorer25529
Hellifield, UK3 contributions
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Jan 2020
I have used this route dozens of times and never grow tired of the awesome scenery through the Dales. There is also the “character” of the various Victorian stations along the journey and the brilliance of the architecture of the numerous viaducts and tunnels.
A must railway journey in the UK. If your starting point is Settle, allow plenty of time to look around this wonderful small town.
Written January 18, 2020
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Matt S
Brighton and Hove, UK25 contributions
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Sep 2020
We travelled on the Staycation Express, it's not cheap but I felt it was worth it. We were pulled by heritage steam engines, the seating is all 1st class, and the train is not a stopping service, so you can just settle (no pun intended!) in and enjoy the ride. It does make the whole thing feel extra special.

I'd never travelled the line before and was genuinely blown away by the beauty of the scenery, also it feels like a heritage line too, which adds to the experience. We took the first train out of Skipton and got the last train back, which meant a long break in Appleby, we were prepared for this and had a long walk onto the moors planned, which was the perfect interlude before a comfortable ride 'home'.
Written September 15, 2020
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Been wanting to travel this line for sometime and got the chance on holiday to traverse the Kirkby Stephen to Settle section. The scenic views are spectacular, even on a wet day. Kirkby Stephen station is preserved to showcase it’s Victorian heritage; you can stay in a holiday cottage right on the station platform, if that’s your thing! Settle station has also worked hard to preserve all the components of his railway past. Qudos.

All the stops along that route are rural and of course, you get to ride over the famous Ribblehead viaduct, with loads of sightseers groping up at you.

Railcard prices were very reasonable, so we enjoyed this short journey on one of the most scenic rail lines in the country.
Written March 13, 2022
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Caroline B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great afternoon out on the new charter train, which we got on at Settle up to Appleby and back. We were impressed with the layout and cleanliness of the carriages. Perspex screens separate each set of seats, which means you don't have to wear a mask when seated. The layout meant that there was plenty of space, and every party gets a window seat. It goes without saying that the views were stunning. The stations at each end had toilets, a shop etc and an hour turnaround at Appleby was just long enough to walk down the hill, check out the town and get back for the return leg. Would definitely recommend.
Written August 27, 2020
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