Last Updated: Tuesday 1st June 2021.

DalesRail Returns for Summer 2021

From 16th May DalesRail services return, providing you with the unique opportunity to travel from the Lancashire coast to Carlisle via the iconic Settle to Carlisle rail line.  The special Sunday-only summer service travels from Blackpool North to Carlisle until 12th September 2021.

DalesRail links Lancashire with the scenic Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales, and Eden Valley.  Starting from Blackpool, the service passes through Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Whalley and Clitheroe before travelling along the Settle to Carlisle line and terminating in the historic border city of Carlisle.

Click here to view and download the timetable for DalesRail Sunday services.  Please note that DalesRail only operates on Sunday diesel train services provided by Northern.

For more information about DalesRail, click here to visit the Community Rail Lancashire website.

To plan your DalesRail day out, click here to view and download the DalesRail information guide from Commnunity Rail Lancashire.

To plan your journey on the Settle to Carlisle rail line, visit our Tickets, Times and Travel website page here.


Engineering Works: Late May Bank Holiday

The Late May Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 29 May until Monday 31 May, sees Network Rail undertake major upgrades to the railway network which affects both Northern and other train operator’s services, especially if your journeys involve travelling in the Carlisle, Warrington and Leeds areas.

On Sunday 30th May, the DalesRail Sunday service will be affected by these engineering works.  Click below to view and download the amended timetable for the affected dates.

Click to view the N7 Blackpool North to Carlisle (DalesRail). For Sunday 30th May 2021

For more information about the Late May Bank holiday engineering works, click here.


DalesRail Guided Walks

DalesRail is much more than a scenic train ride, it’s an integrated package providing a full day out.  Whether you’re exploring the historic border city of Carlisle or taking part in a guided walk, Dales Rail offers something for all to take part in this summer.

From Sunday 6th June, the Lancashire Rail Ramblers will provide two guided walks each Sunday until the 12th September 2021.

Click here to view the full walking programme by Lancashire Rail Ramblers.

For ideas of things to see and do in Settle and Carlisle country, download our free Grand Days Out guides for day out itineraries that from stations along the rail line.

Find more downloadable Walking Guides covering the regions landscape here.


Travel Advice

Please check the latest national travel restrictions prior to your journey; you can do so by clicking here to visit the GOV.UK website.

If you do choose to travel with Northern, please travel safely and remember to:

  • buy your ticket online or pay by contactless
  • respect the social distancing rules
  • follow the instructions at stations and of staff
  • wear a face covering, unless you have a medical exception or a disability that prevents you from doing so
  • take your face covering and litter with you
  • wash your hands before and after your journey
  • avoid rush hour and travel at quieter periods where possible
  • allow extra time for your journey

For more travel information from the train operator, Northern, click here. 

If you are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, you should self-isolate along with other members of your household.  The latest Public Health England advice is available here. 


Useful Information

For the latest news from the Settle-Carlisle Railway and the region, click here.

For more information about DalesRail, click here to visit the Community Rail Lancashire website.

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