The Settle-Carlisle Railway, near The Traddock hotel, is a line steeped in history but with a regular scheduled service, forming part of the National Rail Network, allowing access to the area and views of some of the finest scenery in Britain.
The 72 mile route from Settle to Carlisle takes you on a journey through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging into the longest tunnel on the line at Blea Moor. Emerging onto the side of Dentdale, the line leaves the Dales at Garsdale and makes it way through the gentle, lush rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at the great border city of Carlisle.
Daily passenger services operate over the line from Leeds to Carlisle - there is no need to book. The website settle-carlisle.co.uk will provide you with details of times of these services which are operated by modern diesel unit trains. Steam and diesel charter services also operate over the line from time to time. Special bookings are required for these trains and need to be booked in advance by contacting the direct.
The Ribblehead viaduct is the most impressive structure on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, with its 24 massive stone arches 104 feet (32 metres) above the moor.
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