Welcome to Settle-Carlisle country. The line is probably the most scenic railway journey in England. It has survived two attempts to close it – once in the early 1960s and later in the 1980s. Both attempts caused local and national outrage. However, fortunes have now changed as millions of pounds have been spent upgrading tracks and stations. The line opened in 1876 – we hope the line is here for many more generations to come.
From Leeds, the line passes through West Yorkshire to Skipton where the Yorkshire Dales begin. Settle is the gateway to the spectacular Three Peaks area (Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside), in the heart of which sits the Ribblehead viaduct. The climb continues to the line’s highest point, Ais Gill, which offers awe-inspiring views of Mallerstang before descending into Cumbria’s Eden Valley.
Isolated farms and waterfalls pepper the valley sides and, by Kirkby Stephen, the remote landscape has become increasingly lush and verdant. At Appleby, red sandstone buildings surround a medieval castle in this pretty market town with beautiful riverside walks.
The final stage of the journey is dominated by the hills of the Pennines to the east and the Lakeland fells to the west. The River Eden is never far away, winding through a pastoral backdrop of farmland and woods. Arriving in the historic border city of Carlisle signals the completion of one of the world’s greatest railway journeys
The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company was set up in 1992 as a not-for-profit limited company in response to the call from the Transport Secretary for all political parties to work together following the highly documented reprieve of the Settle to Carlisle rail line in 1989.
We work in partnership with the rail industry, local businesses, community groups and organisations to encourage socio-economic engagement along the world-renowned Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway. As station adopter of both Settle and Appleby stations, we also work closely with a group of dedicated volunteers to maintain the upkeep of the station’s gardens.
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