The 1st May 1876 saw the first passenger train along the Settle-Carlisle Railway. As it celebrates the 125th Anniversary the route is still considered to be one of England’s most scenic railway journeys.
During the 72 miles between Settle and Carlisle, there are 20 major viaducts and 14 tunnels, all built by thousands of ‘navvies’. The journey from Settle to Carlisle passes through lowland valleys and climbs to the dramatic landscape of the Pennines.
Stations en-route are Horton, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale, Kirkby Stephen, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Langwathby, Lazonby, and Armathwaite.
Ribblehead Viaduct is the most famous and well-photographed points on the line. Standing 105 feet above Batty Moss, it has 24 arches and has been completely renovated. Ais Gill Summit is the highest point at 1169 feet above sea level.
For more information on this spectacular railway visit www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Residents close to the lines are eligible to purchase a Dales Railcard, allowing one third off the cost of local rail travel. Railcards are available from Settle, Appleby, Skipton, and Carlisle (proof of identity required)