The iconic Settle to Carlisle Railway was the last mainline railway to be built in the UK and was completed in 1876 by the Midland Railway Company after six years of work. Widely accepted as being one of the best-engineered mainline tracks in England, the line is visually dramatic and offers a truly great rail journey.
On leaving Carlise we journey through Cumbria and the rolling hills of the Eden Valley towards the Yorkshire Dales National Park, stopping at the towns of Armathwaite, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen on the way. After crossing the Moorcock Viaduct we travel to Garsdale, once a junction with the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton. Our next stop is Dent, the highest mainline station in England at 1,150 feet (350 metres). We catch a glimpse of Whernside, one of the Three Peaks, as we continue to the Dent Head Viaduct and then enter the Blea Moor Tunnel, beginning a 15-mile (24 km) descent.
On leaving the tunnel, the most famous landmark of the route is not far away: the magnificent 24-arched Ribblehead Viaduct. After crossing the viaduct we continue through wild landscape, enjoying views of Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, the other two mountains which comprise the Three Peaks. The valley narrows as we head towards Settle and as the train's 15 mile descent ends, we reach our destination, Skipton.
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