Network Rail has recently undertaken improvements to the southbound platform by creating “the Horton Hump”, which provides a raised platform improving access on to and off trains.
Horton station is built on the ‘small station’ design. The design for the size of stations (large, medium or small) were determined by the expected passenger use when the S&C was built in the 19th Century. Although Horton station is unstaffed it is well used by all those who wish to access the charming village of Horton and the famous Yorkshire 3 peaks area.
In 2002 the station buildings were taken over by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust. Some of the rooms are now rented out for business use. Waiting rooms continue to be available on both platforms for passengers
Horton station gardens have been tended for over 30 years by the excellent FoSCL volunteer Mr Moss. A trip up the line not only gives fantastic long scenic views across hill and dale but also the well kept stations and gardens are a delight to behold. Nearly all the station gardens are tended by a team of hard working enthusiastic volunteers.
A short walk from the station brings you into the village of Horton, sitting either side of the of the river Ribble and under the flanks of Pen-y-Ghent, the lowest of the 3 peaks. The 3 peaks are run and walked every year by thousands of people, but another environment is just as exciting but less visible – the cave system. Horton is famous for caving and potholing and every year thousands of people discover the beauty that lies underground.
Also worth a visit is the Grade I listed village church, dedicated to St Oswald. The church has a complete Norman nave, south door and tub-font and is the most complete of the Norman churches built in the Yorkshire Dales after the Norman conquest.
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