A tick off the fabulist – Settle to Carlisle train journey

I had always wanted to do the Carlisle to Settle/Settle to Carlisle railway journey.  I love travelling by train, watching the world go by as I sit taking it all in.  Even better if it is a steam train.  In 2015 when Storm Desmond hit Cumbria, there was a landslide near Armathwaite which shut the line.  There was of course a bus replacement service but it is not quite the same.  The line was repaired and fully opened in 2017.As we live in Kendal, the most logical way to do this, was to get the train to Carlisle from Oxenholme, then get the train down and back.  If we travelled to Settle by public transport it was going to take 2 hours!!

The Settle–Carlisle line is a 73-mile-long (117 km) main railway line in northern England. The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines.   The historic line was constructed in the 1870s and has several notable tunnels and viaducts such as the imposing Ribblehead.

The day had promise but on the way down the cloud started to descend. My guilty pleasure is Micheal Portillo and his series “Great British Railway journeys”.  I do have my own Bradshaw guide, which is what he uses to plan his journeys.  One day whenever I do retire, I would love to take my guide and trace his journey.

All set with our train picnic we sat back to enjoy the ride. The train wasn’t terribly busy.

It was relaxing watching the world go by.

The journey down to Settle took about 1.5 hours. A short wait and then it was time to head back north.

On the return journey the weather started to turn and got this picture before the cloud descended.

Glad that we finally got round to doing this.


  1. shazza says:

    Looks amazing. I would love to do this too. Myself and other half did a Real Ale Rail Trail on the East Lancs Railway a couple of years ago and it was great fun. 🙂

  2. nickyjh44 says:

    We have a caravan ‘Matilda’ (not much used this year 2020) but hopefully we can get out again next year. A return stay to a lovely campsite in Selside will be one of the first and definately a trip on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. Thanks for whetting my appetite again.

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