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Settle-Carlisle Railway

Settle, United Kingdom
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About Settle-Carlisle Railway
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.
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Overview
Discover the dramatic limestone valleys and emerald countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park on an 8-hour tour from Windermere. Travel with ease from the Lake District and visit the quaint towns of Hardraw and Wensleydale, famed for its cheese, and Bolton Castle, in which Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. See, too, Aysgarth Falls and the lovely English village of Dent.
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Jill H wrote a review Nov 16
Nottingham, United Kingdom55 contributions8 helpful votes
Gorgeous journey from Carlisle to Settle last Saturday morning: autumn colours in the leafy Eden Valley from Carlisle to Appleby were spectacular; misty and moody climbing through the Pennines up to Ais Gill summit, then back into the sunshine all the way through Dentdale and over Ribblehead viaduct to Settle. All the historic stations and signal boxes are immaculately maintained; a real credit to Northern Trains, Network Rail and the volunteers who all work together. Each station is worth a visit and it is an absolute joy to travel on this line.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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DelaMere121 wrote a review Oct 2021
Leeds, United Kingdom24 contributions8 helpful votes
We knew there was no guarantee of a sunset but thought it’d be worth investing (definitely the right choice of word) in this special experience anyway with the promised special picture windows and dimmed lighting to take full advantage of the views. We also trusted when booking in advance that the journey would not be in the dark. The train itself was special but as well as picture, the windows were TINTED! You could not see out unless you used the curtains around your head to help with the tint and sat right up against the window to look out. As it fell dark for the second part of the journey, there was nothing that helped! Really an overhyped over marketed non experience, a waste of time and considerable money, the return journey being even more expensive than the outward. Perhaps everyone else was in the know already, it was not busy on board and a few people were just using the train to get back after a walking outing, not bothering to try and see the views. Contacted the service operator who acknowledged the journey was in evening darkness but not the tinted windows, We will not be bothering again.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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johnpatricia4 wrote a review Oct 2021
Chelmsford, United Kingdom509 contributions233 helpful votes
We boarded the train at Settle (3 car set), managed to get a seat to sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery en route to Carlisle. Very pleasant journey, enjoyed the stations en route, all beautifully maintained. The train kept to the timetable, refreshments were available on the journey. We completed the return journey the same day.. Disappointingly, it was only a 2 car set which caused overcrowding. However, the scenery never disappoints. FYI plenty of car parking in Settle near to the station and advisable to pre-book your train tickets in advance although reserved allocated seating is not possible on the non-steam/special excursions..
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Linda G wrote a review Sep 2021
Warrington, United Kingdom47 contributions69 helpful votes
We boarded at Appleby and the train was packed to bursting - we stood all the way to Settle so saw little of the scenery. Half of the passengers weren't wearing masks. Like a previous reviewer we travelled on a Wednesday - a wet Wednesday to boot. There isn't much to see in Settle and practically everywhere was shut. We sat outside a cafe under our umbrella - no seats inside- had a coffee and got the next train back to Appleby . Perhaps on a different day we have have had a better experience but I am not convinced so we won't be rushing back.......
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Andy F wrote a review Sep 2021
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom26 contributions10 helpful votes
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Let's start with the fact... Yes I do like trains and yes I do like HST's so maybe a little biased but please read on. On hearing that Rail Charter Services were planning to run the Staycation Express for a second year on one of the World's most scenic railways I was delighted and eager to sample the new offering for 2021 the HST. What I didn't bargain for was the 5 star treatment from arrival at Skipton Station to returning back later in the day. The ethos of the company is to put the customer first and by heck they do. We booked for brunch on the way to Carlisle and Afternoon Tea on the return trip to Skipton. What we got far exceeds what you can get on any scheduled First Class Train in the UK. It was like a Pullman service and quality. All freshly prepared on the train, done to your liking. Nothing was too much trouble. Roberto, our Steward, was outstanding, attentive and very entertaining. Adrian, the Train Manager, a wonderful host. Our Guard and Driver keen to talk and engage with you from arrival to departure. We will travel on this train again, hopefully later this year. They also operate the Midland Pullman. A passenger focus company who really care about getting everything right and creating magical memories. Well Done and please buy some more HST's this is a winner formula!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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