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The Spectacular Settle and Carlisle

Saturday 12 March 2022

Who could resist a trip over the Settle and Carlisle railway in the crisp late winter air? Join us as we make our long-awaited return to one of the UK’s most famous scenic routes.

For the 19th Century engineers, the prospect of building the Settle and Carlisle presented a tremendous challenge to their ingenuity, skills and abilities. Indeed more than one eminent engineer had stated that it would be impossible to build a main line railway through such bleak and inhospitable terrain – but the construction of the Settle and Carlisle Railway proved otherwise! The line went on to see off a closure threat in the 1980s and now survives to be admired and enjoyed.

Our day starts with a fast run to Doncaster, after which we head up the Aire Valley through the Yorkshire towns of Keighley and Skipton towards remote Settle Junction, where the Settle and Carlisle route begins.

This was the last main line to be built by traditional methods, the ‘navvies’ working with their bare hands and basic implements. Some of the tunnels and viaducts took a full five years to construct and many men lost their lives in this uncompromising place. Indeed, building the ‘S&C’ nearly broke the Midland Railway but the perseverance paid off in 1876 when this magnificent railway saw its first trains sweep through the fells.

Look out for Ribblehead Viaduct, along with dramatic features such as Wild Boar Fell (see picture below) and Mallerstang Edge. We pass through Dent, which at 1,150 feet above sea level is the highest main line station in England. Having passed over the line’s ‘twin’ summits of Blea Moor and Ais Gill our long descent begins and eventually we reach Carlisle, where we take a break of almost two hours to stretch our legs, explore and visit the many shops of this border city.

After rejoining our special train we then return via the same route, the Cumbrian scenery taking on a totally different look as the sun sets on a memorable day out.

First Class Dining includes The Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner. A buffet car is available.

ClassPrice Availability
Standard Class Adult£114Good
Standard Class Junior£104Good
First Class Non-Dining£154Good
First Class Dining£259Good
First Class Dining Party of Four£1016Good

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.

StationDepart Arrive
London King's Cross08.1522.15
Potters Bar08.3521.55

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