The Settle-Carlisle line is a great way to explore and enjoy a fantastic day out in unforgettable scenery. Keen walkers have used the line for many years to gain access to their favourite places and routes. If you would like to join a like-minded group, with a knowledgeable, friendly guide, then DalesRail could be what you’re looking for.
DalesRail is much more than a scenic train ride, it is an integrated package providing a full day out. You can find information on the DalesRail website about the many places that can be visited, the extensive guided walk programme led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and the coach links that extend the rail journey to places the train cannot reach.
The DalesRail service links Lancashire with the scenic Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria. Starting from the coastal resort of Blackpool, DalesRail passes through Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Whalley and Clitheroe before travelling along the famous Settle-Carlisle. Along the way, the journey takes in the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, passes through Blea Moor tunnel and crosses the top of Dentdale and Garsdale before passing into the more pastoral Eden Valley and the lovely town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. (This season, due to the on-going engineering works, replacement buses link Appleby with the historic border city of Carlisle).
DalesRail’s extensive programme offers walks to suit all abilities and interests, from gentle city strolls to strenuous walks in the fells. And what better way could there be to round off the day than sitting back, in the comfort of the train, to enjoy one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys on the way home?