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The Perfect School Trip Experience
Settle to Carlisle Railway - The Perfect School Trip Experience
Etched in History the Settle-Carlisle Railway runs through some of the most attractive scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells, the Settle-Carlisle Railway is World famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and wayside station buildings.
More than 30 years ago, the Settle-Carlisle Railway came perilously close to being shut forever but at the last moment was reprieved. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and is loved for its sense of History and the impossibly dramatic setting.
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. A testament to Victorian engineering and the tenacity of the men who built it, the strcture needs to be viewed in its position to be believed.
The climb continues to the line's highest point at Ais Gill, giving an awe-inspiring vista of Dentdale along the way.
The craggy sides of Mallerstang signal the start of the descent into Cumbria's Eden Valley. Isolated farms and waterfalls pepper the valley sides and, by Kirkby Stephen, the 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 through to Carlisle is dominated by the hills of the Pennines to the east and tantalising, distant views of the often snow-capped Lakeland fells to the west. The River Eden is never far away, winding through a pastoral backdrop of farmland and woods.
Arriving in the border city of Carlisle signals the completion of one of the world's greatest railway journeys.
We offer a warm welcome for School groups with an at-seat refreshment trolley service and on-train guides to provide a commentary.
he diesel sprinter trains operate year round (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day) and we are happy to help you plan your day out on this famous Railway line.