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“A Trip to Remember”

Settle Carlisle Railway
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The Yorkshire Dales Tour from Windermere
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Settle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Settle-Carlisle Railway is one of the world's great 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 modern diesel sprinter units gives travellers 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 many of the trains.
Reviewed January 31, 2014

My wife and I made the round trip on the Settle/Carlisle railway and had a memorable day out. We left Bingley at 9.06 and arrived in Carlisle at 11.35 after seeing some breathtaking scenery along the way.

The journey took in places that we have all possibly heard about but never actually visited before, Dent-Kirby Lonsdale to name but two. Along the journey there was a volunteer who walked the train selling brochures about the railway and pointing out some of the points of interest.

A coffee service was also available on both legs of the journey which added to our enjoyment and they sold hot and cold drinks, wines etc with a good choice of Cakes and sweets.

Carlisle was a very nice city, very clean and well presented with some nice shops and places of interest.

The cost for the return journey cost £11 each with our Seniors pass and this offer lasted until 16th February 2014.

1  Thank Trevor R
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Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Visited in october, when the weather wasn't great, however the visit was definitely worth it. The railway is part of a main route, and you can hop on before settle.
We got on at skipton.

The volunteers on the settle-carlisle route help ease the journey with their drinks service, witty repartee and in-depth knowledge of the local history.
I missed the tour guide on the way back, it's a shame it wasn't both ways!

It is well worth a trip across Ribblehead,keep an eye out for all the unique things along the line, from stories of snow to trials and tribulations... I won't spoil the tour guide's job!
My advice, do it whenever you have time!

We topped off our train journey with a jaunt around Carlisle, which was quiet.

2  Thank hellskels
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

As one of the original campaigners to save the line when it was threatened with closure in 1984, I am delighted to say it is thriving today and is one of the most impressive train journeys in the UK, if not the world ,with most of the original architecture/stations etc., still in tact - it was a tremendous feat of Victorian engineering to a very high spec. thus enabling us to enjoy its delights some 138 years after it's opening. Take a trip - you will not be disappointed.

1  Thank PJandD
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Really enjoyed the railway beautiful scenery, we took the train from Horeton le Ribbersdale down to Appleby.Fantastic going over the viaduct. Friendly help full staff and volunteers on the railway platforms and train. We travelled with our dog which was great. you can pay on the train which was useful too.

1  Thank maddolj
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

It's not often folk will take a train journey just for the hell of it, but the Journey from Settle to Carlisle is worth the exception.

Starting at Settle your journey ascends steeply past Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside (the Yorkshire 3 Peaks route) to the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct. The scenery is already breathtaking, with views of the famous Yorkshire Dales. Onward to Garsdale, which station has the distinction of being the highest mainline station in England, the journey clings to the sides of the hills and mountains giving breathtaking vistas before the descent to Carlisle begins. From Ais Gill (the summit of the journey), the descent winds around the Dales eventually giving views of the Lake District and Cross Fell. Finally you follow the River Eden from Appleby to Carlisle. The station at Carlisle is buzzing, but is also an architectural delight, both from the station interior, to the castle-like appearance of the station forecourt.

I have been on a number of picturesque rail journeys, but this has to be the most amazing I have ever seen. It's all the more amazing given that, in 1980, British Rail were pushing to close the line. It has been saved by the Actions of Michael Portillo, and Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Railway. Even though it is one of the fastest growing lines in the country, and holds community status, it is supported by an Army of volunteers pushing the tourist aspect of the line, and providing travellers with information and entertainment. These volunteers really do make it a special journey and are to be commended for supporting the line, and doing so much to make sure visitors have a good time.

They are frequent special services run on the line, including ale trains, jazz trains with live music, and steam excursions. There is nothing quite like seeing a steam train climbing up over Ribblehead viaduct in the height of winter.

If you have the time, there are some amazing places to stop, although the frequency of trains means that you will be there for a while. Settle is a picturesque market town on the banks of the River Ribble. there are number of good pubs, and restaurants in the town, plus just about everything an outdoorsman/outdoorswoman could want. Settle is also a great place to get access to fell walking, rock climbing, canoeing, waterfalls (at Ingleton) and many other outdoor pursuits. Or, you could just enjoy the town for what it is. An unspoilt Yorkshire Market Town.

Next stop up the line is Horton in Ribblesdale, with a couple of great pubs and access to the mountains of Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough. If you are really daring, this is also the starting point of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

A stop at Ribblehead is worthwhile, even though it does not initially appear there is much to see. The station houses a museum about the surrounding area, and it's life as a shanty town full of Navi's whilst the viaduct, and neighbouring tunnel were being built. There are numerous easy walks from the pub at the bottom of station hill (great food and lovely beer). One walk takes you down along the old tram-tracks to the base of the viaduct, which is an astonishing view from close up. It's easy to spend a couple of hours here, with a walk and a bit to eat.

Appleby, famous for it's horse fair, is a great Cumbrian market town to visit. Plenty of coffee shops, cafe's and restaurants, and glorious views of the River Eden.

Carlisle, aside from it's architecturally stunning Railway Station, is also home to a large Castle. The Town itself is replete with history. Being on the Border between England and Scotland it has switched nationalities a number of times, and been the site of a number of historic battles. Carlisle also has great connections to the Lake District and Scotland.

If you are in the area, then take a day and enjoy this journey. It really is worth the time and you will be rewarded with amazing views, picturesque towns and villages, and you will get to meet some wonderfully friendly people.

16  Thank Stu L
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