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Settle - Carlisle Railway // Carlisle

Ribblehead Viaduct

Take in the scenery along one of the most breathtaking rail lines in the UK.

Undoubtedly one of the most scenic railway routes in the country, the Settle-Carlisle Line runs for 73 miles through some of the most remote countryside regions of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines. Starting from near the town of Settle and running through to Carlisle close to the border with Scotland, it passes through various communities including the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Originally constructed in for freight trains and then opened for passengers in 1876, it is widely known as one of the best engineered railway lines in England a masterpiece of Victorian construction given that it crosses some of the most remote and challenging terrains in northern England.

Its most famous features includes the 24 arches of the dramatic Ribblehead Viaduct, the Blea Moor tunnel and the heights of the Ais Gill in the Mallerstang Valley. You can take various trips along the Settle-Carlisle Line that are focused around its history and the line attracts visitors and train enthusiasts from all over the world.

 

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