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Walking From The Settle to Carlisle Railway

Walks from the train on the most scenic rail route in England. Ride the railway each day – the last major civil engineering project built entirely by navvies.

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  • England

  • 4 nights
  • Rail & Walk

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Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • The route runs through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts including the iconic arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct – a triumph of Victorian civil engineering
  • View magnificent wild moorland scenery
  • Walk in the shadow of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks
  • Overnight in Settle; a small market town in Ribblesdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Settle to Carlisle railway is steeped in history and runs through 72 miles of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian landscapes between these two northern market towns, a journey through some of the finest scenery in Britain.

The route runs through 14 tunnels and over 20 viaducts including the iconic arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct – a triumph of Victorian civil engineering. Exploring the foot of the Ribblehead Viaduct, you can just make out the rectangular foundations of the huts where the community of navvies and their families lived and died to construct this marvel – a ghostly reminder of those who built our industrial heritage.

Our three walks take in some of the scenic highlights and heritage along the route and will include Dent to Ribblehead, a walk taking in high hills, moors, valleys – and great views. We start and finish at the stations to enjoy both the country and the train which runs though it.

Settle itself is a small market town in Ribblesdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and sits amongst beautiful countryside at the foot of Castleberg Crag. The heart of the town is the 17th century market square with a thriving market on Tuesdays. The Old Naked Man café in the square, dates back to 1663 and is one of the oldest cafés in the country.

  • Half board en-suite accommodation
  • Travel on the Settle to Carlisle railway to and from the walks
  • Services of a dedicated leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to the Falcon Manor Hotel in Settle. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel bar for a briefing before dinner.

Day 2

Settle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    540/565m

We offer you three days' walking in the Yorkshire Dales with travel to and from the walks on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway. Dinner each evening is in the hotel restaurant.

Our proposed itinerary for the holiday includes;

Dent to Ribblehead - We take the train from the picturesque Settle Station up the Ribble Valley and over the Ribblehead Viaduct to the highest mainline railway station at Dent. From the station we walk up a minor road to a track which skirts the high pastures and gives extensive views back down Dentdale. Along this track there are also views down to two other impressive viaducts on the Settle-Carlisle line. The route continues along the flank of Wold Fell, giving views towards Wensleydale, before descending to the head of Dentdale and the entrance to the Blea Moor Tunnel. We then follow the line of the tunnel over Blea Moor, passing evidence of the construction of the tunnel, completed in 1874, ventilation shafts, an inclined trackway and the original spoil tips. Finally the Ribblehead viaduct comes into view, an impressive curving structure, which we pass to reach the end of the walk at Ribblehead station. If we are too early for the return train the Station Inn is a very welcome ‘waiting room’!

Day 3

Settle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    9.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    355/285m

Horton to Ribblehead - Today we take a shorter train ride to Horton in Ribblesdale, the start of the classic Yorkshire Three Peaks walk. We follow a stretch of the Pennine Way along the hillsides above the river Ribble. This is classic limestone country and as well as the stone walls we should see shake holes, entrances to pot holes and caves, and some impressive deep gills. Having reached Ling Gill, we leave the Pennine Way to join the Ribble Way, and cross an area renowned for geologists as there are numerous drumlins, small rounded hills made up of debris from glaciers at the end of the last ice age. This stretch can be rather boggy until the deserted hamlet of Thorns is reached. This area was on a major drove route from the Dales, and we cross a dramatic packhorse bridge over a deep narrow gorge before reaching the edge of Blea Moor. If there is time the remains of Ribblehead Viaduct construction site can be explored on the way to Ribblehead station. Although the workers villages have completely disappeared some trackways, a brickworks site, an engine inspection pit and some abandoned masonry can still be seen.

Day 4

Settle

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    430/420m

Dent to Garsdale - Taking the train again through the 2.9 km Blea Moor tunnel to Dent this time we descend into Dentdale and walk alongside the river Dee on the Dales Way for a short distance. Then we walk up out of Dentdale along an ancient track lined with stone walls. As we go up the views open out, back towards the railway viaducts at the head of Dentdale, and the Knoutberry Hill end of Whernside. Having reached the high point of the ridge between the two dales we strike out over the moorland and descend into Garsdale. We descend the valley for a short distance, through the village of Garsdale, along the A684, before heading back up the valley towards Garsdale station. Along the valley we pass through woodland, cross many of the small irregular fields that line the valley, and pass a number of field barns. Garsdale station, once the junction with the now abandoned Wensleydale line, has interesting photographs of the station in its heyday and a statue of a dog, Ruswarp, the faithful companion of one of the key figures in the fight to keep the Settle-Carlisle line open.

Day 5

Departure day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the Falcon Manor Hotel after breakfast. Check out of the hotel is by 10:30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you on another soon.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Jun 2020 - 11th Jun 2020 (4 Nights)

5th Jul 2020 - 9th Jul 2020 (4 Nights)

6th Sep 2020 - 10th Sep 2020 (4 Nights)

11th Oct 2020 - 15th Oct 2020 (4 Nights)

Travel Details

The hotel is located at the southern edge of Settle on Duke Street (the B6480) surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside. There's usually ample car parking at the hotel.

Rail travel on the spectacular Settle-Carlisle Railway line to and from the trailheads is included on all three walk days.

Settle railway station is about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, by road it's about a mile away. If arriving by train, you may wish to consider pre-booking a taxi to take you to the hotel with your luggage.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

The Falcon Manor Hotel

The recently and stylishly refurbished three-star Falcon Manor Hotel is set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and just a few minutes walk from the centre of the bustling market town of Settle. It provides a convenient and welcoming base from which to explore the magnificent wild and protected scenery of this spectacular region of northern England.

Originally built in 1841 as a private house for the Reverend Swale on the establishment of the new parish of Settle, it preserves many original features, including the main staircase, and has been converted and tastefully furnished to create a warm and welcoming country house hotel. It also has its own bar and pool table, along with a variety of good meals.

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available in the hotel's ground floor public rooms.

Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 5 holiday which includes walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will involve as much as 550m of ascent and descent and daily mileage between 8 - 11 miles.  

Walks & Excursions

Our hotel is surrounded by magnificent walking country, rolling hills, moorland, limestone pavements, escarpments, wild valleys and geological beauty. Diverse views extend over the Yorkshire Dales to the ‘Hill of Winds’ and to Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel...

By car: from Preston (M6) leave the motorway at J31 and join the A59 (signposted Clitheroe). After 13 miles at the junction for Clitheroe, take the second exit from the roundabout and continue on the A59 following signs for Skipton. At Gisburn turn left at the mini roundabout on to the A682 (signposted Settle). At the T-junction at Long Preston turn left on to the A65 (signposted Kendal, Settle). After 3½ miles take the second exit off the roundabout on to the B6480 towards Settle. After about a mile (on Skipton Road), look out for the hotel on the right hand side, just set back a little from the road.

From Skipton take the A59 (signposted Clitheroe). At Gisburn turn right at the mini roundabout on to the A682 (signposted Settle) and continue towards Settle as above.

From Ingleton (north of Settle) take the A65 until signposted for Settle, then take a left hand turn.

Continue through Giggleswick and Settle town to the other side of Settle.  The hotel is situated on the way out of Settle on your left, just set back from the road.

By rail: the nearest railway station is at Settle, about 5 minutes walk from the hotel. Unfortunately, taxis are not available from the station to the hotel.

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the hotel: www.rome2rio.com 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.co.uk and www.rac.co.uk 

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Lunches are at your own expense and paid locally.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended walks are covered by the following map:

Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure series

OL 02 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Areas (1:25,000)

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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