Settle - Carlisle Railway

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Settle - Carlisle Railway - My journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway (July 2017)
Settle - Carlisle Railway - My journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway (July 2017)
Settle - Carlisle Railway - My journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway (July 2017)
Settle - Carlisle Railway - My journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway (July 2017)
Settle - Carlisle Railway - My journey on the Settle to Carlisle Railway (July 2017)
Settle - Carlisle Railway - Ribbleshead Viaduct

Settle - Carlisle Railway Reviews

spidermiss spidermi…
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Settle to Carlisle Railway Aug 13, 2017
I travelled to Glasgow via Carlisle as it worked out considerably cheaper to travel via this route and included a ride on the infamous Settle to Carlisle railway.

Starting from Leeds it passes through Skipton (Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales), the Three Peaks area, and via the Ribblehead Viaduct it climbs up to Dentdale (Dent being the highest station in England) and the Aisgill Summit.

It begins its descent into Cumbria's Eden Valley. The towns of Kirby Stephen and Appleby follow and enroute to Carlisle there are views of the Lake District fells to the west and the Pennines to the east.

It is such a stunning journey with its scenic vistas from the train windows and it's a must thing to do! Occasionally there are chartered steam trains on the railway. The journey takes approximately takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. On some services there is an on-train trolley service serving drinks and refreshments (though pricey for what you get!).

The line opened to passengers in 1876 and there were attempts to close the line but failed. Passengers numbers continue to increase particularly what the journey offers. Further information about the Settle to Carlisle Railway can be found on the website.
My journey on the Settle to Carlis…
My journey on the Settle to Carlis…
My journey on the Settle to Carlis…
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davidx davidx
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England's most scenic line Aug 28, 2010
The claim made on the website to be England's most scenic railway depends a bit on definition. For a start, rather than this imposing claim, it should perhaps say 'The most scenic part of the national rail network in England.' Some of the preserved railways could compete! Then it depends how long a stretch has to be to qualify for the competition. It would be hard to beat a stretch of the old Great Western Railway near the coast of Devon - and there are others. If we take this into account the statement of the claim might start to resemble a book!

Anyway the Settle - Carlisle Railway is very fine. personally I would not count the part nearer to carlisle as being outstanding but this leaves the remarkable stretch through the Yorkshire Dales, over most inhospitable moorland. I would recommend the stretch from Settle to Appleby to anybody.

It's just as well that it is impressive. When it was built in the 1870s 6000 men worked on it and many died, some from accidents, some from outbreaks of diseases. It needs a look at the website - click on history - to understand the route - with stations some way from the villages whose names they bare. I think the most impressive features are probably the huge viaducts that carry it over some particularly inhospitable stretches.

A couple of attempts to close the line met fierce resistance - not just local either - and now a very large sum of money has been spent on it.
Ribbleshead Viaduct
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