The Settle-Carlisle line is one of the UK’s most famous scenic rail routes, taking in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track.
Walks and activities
Ride2Stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line. It’s a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the Western Dales and Eden Valley.
Download our ‘Walking App‘ which has walks from the stations in Settle, Garsdale and Dent. You can also find walks a short distance away from Kirkby Stephen station. These walks are designed to appeal to walkers of all ages and abilities with a mix of linear and circular routes.
The line has good connections from Leeds and Carlisle with direct trains every couple of hours. There are dedicated bus services with timed connections to meet the train, which you can see on the ‘Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line’ map. You can also view the ‘Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line’ – Yorkshire Dales National Park rail links and communities map.
There is plenty information on each of the stations situated along the line. A map of the connecting services and an illustrated route map for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway shows all the stations between Carlisle and Leeds.
The Dalesbus is a local services which runs throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It holds extra services on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
There is a good FAQ section on the Settle-Carlisle website with information on whether you can take your bike on the train, if your dog can accompany you, whether you can use your railcard and how frequently steam train travel takes place.