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WALKING FROM THE SETTLE - CARLISLE RAILWAY

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The Settle to Carlisle railway is steeped in history and runs through 72 miles of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian landscapes.
  • Product Code 71254,71256
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Rail
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 4 Nights

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.

Holiday Highlights

HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ride the railway each day – the last major civil engineering project entirely built by navvies. 
  • Wild moorland scenery with magnificent views.
  • Walks in the shadow of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Half board en-suite accommodation
      Travel on the Settle to Carlisle railway to and from the walks
      Services of a dedicated leader
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1
    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.
  2. Day 2 to 4
    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 is as follows; Day 2 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’! About 10.5 miles, ascent/descent: +540m/-565m. Day 3 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. About 9.5 miles, ascent/descent: +355m/-285m. Day 4 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. About 7.5 miles, ascent/descent: +430/-420m.
  3. Day 5
    Independent departure from the Falcon Manor Hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10:30am.

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.

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The Falcon Manor Hotel, Settle, North Yorkshire

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.


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