The Settle – Carlisle Railway is one of the most scenic stretches of track in the country, so leave the car parked up for the day, gather the kids and hop aboard for some serious exploring. You can book tickets in advance or grab them at the staffed stations before setting off, and the dramatic route includes iconic viaducts, rolling hills and long tunnels that make any section of the journey great fun for passengers of all ages.
If you’re lucky your train will have a volunteer guide on board to fill you in on the line’s history and make sure you don’t miss anything along the way. The guides know everything there is to know about the Settle – Carlisle Railway so don’t be afraid to ask them any questions and put their knowledge to the test! The guides are generally on trains from Settle between Tuesday and Friday.
Many passengers make a day of it and spend some time in historic Carlisle, the gateway to Hadrian’s Wall. You won’t be able to miss Carlisle Castle since is looms high above the city, and other family attractions include the Norman Keep and The Lanes. Contact the railway ahead of your journey if you’re going to be travelling in a group of ten or more, as they often offer some fantastic discounts.