Summer is the perfect time to explore along the Settle-Carlisle line. If you’re looking for some summer adventure ideas, we’ve got you covered from walks in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells to afternoon tea on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, art museums and castles to steam railways – there really is something for everyone.
We’ve compiled a list of 25 things you can do along the Settle Carlisle line, to make this summer the most exciting yet!
1. Ribblehead Viaduct
We’re going to start with the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct – a must visit if you’re on the Settle Carlisle Railway. You get the best view of the viaduct not on the train, but when you get off at Ribblehead station.
The Ribblehead Viaduct is 400m long, making it the longest structure along our line, and was opened in 1875!
There’s lots of walks you can do from Ribblehead station, and you can find some by clicking here
Don’t forget that you can also visit our cafe and visitor center at the Station. Open daily from 10am, our friendly volunteers are on hand with specialty coffees and locally made treats from Forage and Feast.
2. Tullie House, Carlisle
Tullie House is a 10 minute walk from Carlisle Station and is a brilliant day out for all ages. This summer, they have the Human Change, not Climate Change which is an interative exhibition telling the story of our planet and what we can do in its hour of need. Click here to find out more
Travel sustainably to this exhibition by train!
Find out more about Tullie House & the current exhibitions at www.tulliehouse.co.uk
3. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Why not visit where the Railway Children was filmed, on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
The KWVR is a unique 5-mile branch line railway set in the heart of West Yorkshire and running heritage steam and diesel trains through stunning Brontë Country.
From July 25th, there are services running daily from Keighley. Click here to find the daily timetables
So, hop on the Settle-Carlisle Railway to Keighley, then change to the KWVR for a day out in Haworth
4. Appleby Castle
In the heart of the market town is Appleby Castle, which has The Norman Centre – an interactive experience explains the Norman occupation intertwined with the history of Appleby Castle.
Enjoy the four floors of the keep with an immersive audio experience and follow an interactive family trail.
The museum will inform about the Keep’s Norman heritage and the Castle’s history dating back to Roman times.
5. Morecambe with The Bentham Line
Head on the Settle-Carlisle line and change at either Hellifield or Skipton to The Bentham Line and have a day at the seaside
From fish and chips on the beach, to long coastal walks, there’s no better way to spend a sunny summers day than by the beach!
6. Lazonby Outdoor Swimming Pool
Cool down (or warm up!) at Lazonby’s outdoor swimming pool!
Just a 10 minute walk from Lazonby & KO station and you’ll be at Lazonby Swimming Pool, which is heated, is right there with a main pool, toddler pool, playground and kiosk selling snacks, ice cream and drinks!
Opens from 2pm during the summer holidays!
Explore the beautiful market town, and all that it has to offer!
You can find the weekly market on a Tuesday, and there is a whole host of independent shops and cafes
Head to The Folly in Settle where you can see the Settle-Carlisle Railway room and have a cup of tea whilst you’re there!
8. Settle to Giggleswick accessible walk
There is a circular walk from Settle to Giggleswick, which is wheelchair friendly.
Whilst in Giggleswick, why not stop off at The Harts Head for a drink and something to eat.
For more information on accessible walks in the Yorkshire Dales, head to Access The Dales
Why not change up the countryside for a day out in the big city and head to Leeds for the day
Whether you’re looking for a shopping day, a day exploring the art galleries and museums of Leeds, exploring the brunch options in Leeds, or a trip to the theatre, there’s plenty of things to do in the city!
Hop on the Settle Carlisle line and whizz through the Yorkshire Dales before being welcomed into Leeds Station, in the heart of the city centre.
10. Malham Cove
We want to encourage you to travel more sustainably through the Yorkshire Dales!
Every Sunday, and bank holiday’s, the Malham DalesBus 881 will take you to explore Malham and Malham Cove
Travel along the Settle-Carlisle line to Settle, where you can hop onto the Malham DalesBus and explore Malham cove for the day.
You can find the DalesBus timetables at http://www.dalesbus.org/881
11. Kirkby Stephen
Take the walk from Kirkby Stephen Station into the town and you can find a selection of independent shops, cafes and pubs to explore.
On Monday’s you can find the traditional weekly market in the centre of the town.
Kikby Stephen is also a great base for walks. From Smardale Gill to classic fell walks such as Nine Standards Rigg, Wild Boar Fell and routes in the Howgills which are all on the doorstep.
12. England’s Highest Station : Dent
For an insight into how people have lived in the region over the centuries, pay a visit to the Dentdale Heritage Centre on the northern tip of the village. Here you will see a number of exhibits which show how people survived and worked as well as learn about some of the customs that are unique to the Dales.
Dent is also a great base to head out walking and is on The Dales Way Route.
13. Skipton Castle
This 900 year old castle is a great day out for everyone in the family. As well as visiting the Castle, you can also explore Skipton Woods in the castle grounds!
Open from 10am daily. Find out more about Skipton Castle here
The Northern DalesBus 830 which will take you to Hawes – the home of Wensleydale Cheese!
This is an incredibly busy place, so instead of worrying about where to park, take the Settle-Carlisle railway to Ribblhead where you can hop on the Dalesbus 830
Fancy staying over? There’s so much to explore in the area of Hawes, so why not stay at the Hostel at Hawes
Runs on Sundays – for timetable, head over to the DalesBus website
15. The River Eden
Why not explore the River Eden and some of the brilliant riverside walks.
At Appleby, you can do a circular walk around the river and into the town, where you can then find many independent shops and cafes
If you’re looking for a longer, more challenging, walk, then from Langwathby you can walk to Lacy’s Caves. There is also a riverside walk closer to the station.
16. Victoria Caves
Explore the Victoria Caves near Settle for Day 15 of the #SettleCarlisleSummerCountdown.
The Settle and Victoria Cave Trail is a fun and ultra-scenic excursion in Yorkshire Dales National Park that will showcase the unique landscape of the area and provide views of nearby peaks. While out walking the trail, you will climb uphill to view the entrance of the Albert and Victoria caves, taking in sights of the Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough peaks before descending to the town past the Warrendale Knotts.
There is a lot to experience on this walk, so strap on your boots and get ready to hit the trails! Get the full route at https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/yorkshire-dales-national-park/settle-and-victoria-cave-walk/
17. Skipton Canal
Skipton is along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, and there are plenty of boat trips you can do, including an afternoon tea on the canal!
Take the Settle-Carlisle train to Skipton and then head to the canal for a trip on the boat!
There’s a whole host of activities to do in the city, from exploring Carlisle Castle & the military museum to trampoline parks, turkish baths and the racecourse. There’s plenty to explore in the border city
There are some brilliant walks from Garsdale, including the Garsdale Station cicular walk (available on our website) which takes in Dandry Mire Viaduct
From Garsdale Station, you can also hop onto The Little White Bus and explore Hawes – available daily!
You can get the full timetable at https://www.littlewhitebus.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/garsdale-timetable-master.pdf
20. Settle-Carlisle Railway
There are many incredible places to stop along our line, however the journey itself is a great day out!
With our friendly onboard catering team, you can get sweet treats (including ice cream), crisps, hot and cold drinks, and beer from Settle Brewery!
The Northern service runs daily and you can find the timetable by clicking here
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