Settle Carlisle Railway


Famed as one of the most scenic railway journeys in England, the historic Settle-Carlisle Railway line runs for 72 miles from Settle in the Yorkshire Dales up to Carlisle. First opened to the public in May 1876, the line takes in the famous 24 arched Ribblehead Viaduct and the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. The route also pushes through stunning Dentdale, leaving the Dales at Garsdale then on through the Eden Valley to Carlisle.

Settle is a popular point from which to board this classic heritage railway. Beautiful Settle Station is just a few minutes’ stroll from Market Square and the town centre – perfect as a Settle Carlisle Railway accommodation base! The railway line route runs through the Dales taking in tunnels and spectacular viaducts along the way, stopping at picture-postcard market towns and villages including Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen and Appleby. Why not join one of the free guided walks along the route organised by the ‘Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line’.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.