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The Settle-Carlisle Railway
South Dales

Details for The Settle-Carlisle Railway

Steam Special on its way to Carlisle
Settle Station

The historic Settle to Carlisle Railway has to be one of the most picturesque routes in England. Passing through some of the most spectacular rugged hills and stunning valleys as it goes. Steam trains are a favourite with visitors to the area and delight passengers year after year. 

The Settle - Carlisle Railway runs through the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside and offers a nostalgic trip back in time to the wonderful days of steam. The journey covers seventy three miles and takes in breathtaking sights as well as offering thrills and adventure as it passes through the blackness of Blea Moor tunnel and over the magnificent arches of Ribblehead Viaduct. The skilfully engineered engine and tracks, the wooden carriages, the smell of the coal, the billowing white steam and the sound of the whistle echoing through the valleys is something you will remember forever.

Throughout the journey passengers are taken through picture perfect villages, bustling towns and delightful green valleys as the train chugs on to its destination and the town of Carlisle, there is something new to see at every turn. The historic Victorian line was first in operation as part of the national rail network in the eighteen hundreds and has continued to run throughout the Yorkshire Dales and the remote North York Moors to some of the most outlying hamlets, towns and villages. A perfect way to see the dales and all they have to offer, the service connects Settle, in North Yorkshire to Carlisle on the edge of the Cumbrian - Scottish border. With numerous stations along the route there is great opportunity to hop off and explore some of the lovely unspoiled places, markets and visitor attractions in the north of England, or just find a local tea room and take some...


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