The Settle - Carlisle Railway

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Settle to Carlisle

Group Travel

We offer pre-booked groups great service and a memorable experience including:

  • An excellent booking facility
  • The services of a volunteer on-train guide
  • An at-seat refreshment trolley service
  • A journey on one of the world’s most scenic railway lines

The Settle-Carlisle experience can be part of a short-break or day trip and the reasons to travel with us are many – sightseeing from the train; walking in the Dales or Eden Valley; shopping or a night-out in Leeds, Skipton or Carlisle or a birthday or anniversary treat.

Our office is based at Appleby and with our extensive local knowledge, we are able to provide you with a wealth of information to assist you arrange your group event.

We are now taking bookings for 2017.  

Work to repair the area affected by the landslip near Armathwaite is expected to be complete by April 2017 so we are happy to help you with bookings for travel on the Settle Carlisle Railway to/from Carlisle.

If you are looking to travel prior to the re-opening, we are able to offer you a train journey from stations between Appleby, Settle, Skipton and Leeds so you still have the opportunity to travel over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and see the fantastic views of the upper Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales.   If you specifically want to travel to/from Carlisle, we can include the bus transfer between Appleby or Langwathby and Carlisle too.

The award-winning refreshment trolley service offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, locally produced beer and lager, tray bakes and biscuits, confectionery and, on some services, locally-made ice cream. You can pre-book refreshments for your group and our team will be happy to discuss options with you.  For birthdays and other special occasions, we can give you our personal attention to make your day memorable.  Contact us to find out more.

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line can provide an on-train guide to either provide a running commentary or, point out places of interest and answer your questions. The guides have a wealth of knowledge about the line, its history and architecture, the stunning scenery as well as the local towns and villages. All the guides are volunteers and whilst the availability of a guide cannot be guaranteed, you can contact the on-train guide coordinator to request the services of a guide for your group.

Your journey can start and end at any of the stations between Carlisle and Leeds (or further afield) and the cost will depend on the journey taken and the date of travel. Discounted rates are available to groups of ten or more fare-paying passengers.  Some of the 2016 fares are available here

The diesel sprinter trains operate daily (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day) and we limit group booking to a maximum of fifty passengers on any of the services.

We are happy to help with planning a journey for your group during the next twelve months and look forward to helping you book your trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway. You can contact us by:

Here is some of the feedback from groups ..

BDeV wrote:

The group had an excellent journey to Carlisle.  The weather was sunny and the rail trip was very smooth.  The benefit of a guide was very well appreciated by our members, he was informative and gave great value to the journey.  The lady who served the refreshments was also very friendly and helpful.  We cannot speak highly enough of the service we enjoyed.

Terry emailed:

Our day was just about perfect.  I had requested an on-train guide and Jack was on board to see us on at Ribblehead and stayed for the whole journey.  Seats did have reserved notices…..

The weather was unexpectedly glorious and there was even a steam special standing in Carlisle for 30 minutes as we waited for our train.  Needless to say this attracted much attention.

Thank you again for all your help.  We left no stone unturned and things could not have turned out better.  

Margaret emailed to say:

We all had a fabulous time last Saturday. hats off to the team who really went out of their way to make us welcome and looked after us going there and back, especially the conductor (Paul); he was a great hit with us all. The volunteer, Eric, was perfect, warm friendly and informative – he really enriched our experience too.

Yvonne, who organised a trip from Keighley to Carlisle wrote:

We want to thank you for an enjoyable trip on Saturday/Sunday this last weekend. The weather on the way up was beautiful, hence the views were magnificent, a very different landscape with the snow the following day!  The volunteer guide (my apologies to him, I can’t remember his name) and his small grandson Ben were extremely informative, we all found his wealth of knowledge very interesting, even some people sat around us, who were local, said they’d learnt a lot. I hope we didn’t traumatise the friendly refreshment lady too much, although she seemed to be enjoying our laughs with us.

Thank you once again for the excellent service you have provided.

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