In northern England, walkers are spoilt for choice. It could be a short riverside stroll or the Three Peaks challenge; either way, there are unlimited options out there. And now that Spring is here it’s time to dust off the walking boots and get back out into the fresh air.
We’ve collected together a range of self-guided walks that can be accessed from the Settle-Carlisle line and its neighbour the Leeds-Morecambe line (or Bentham line as it’s known). The great thing about using the train is you can take a linear route from station to station, or station to bus. This means you leave the car at home and enjoy the countryside without the hassle of parking or being committed to a circular walk. (You also get to polish your halo, because it’s the ‘green’ way to go for a walk!)
The walks are presented as a series of downloadable PDF files that you can print out at home. You should also take an Ordnance Survey map, for its unbeatable clear detail that will make sure you stay on the right track.
And if you don’t fancy a self-guided walk, you can join one of the guided walks that are organised by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle line. There is a varied programme, graded to suit everyone from the occasional stroller through to experienced hikers.