Group Travel

We pride ourselves on offering you the best group travel experience from enquiry through to booking and finally, your groups day out! Our Group Travel team, based at Appleby railway station, will guide you and your group through the booking process with their extensive local knowledge. We will provide you with a wealth of information to assist you in arranging your groups day out.

Your journey can start and end at any of the station between Carlisle through to Leeds. Our team will work with you to create a travel package that suits your groups itinerary. The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle experience can be part of a short-break or day trip and the reasons to travel with us are many- sightseeing from the train; walking in the Yorkshire Dales or Eden Valley; shopping or a night-out in Leeds, Skipton or Carlisle or a birthday or anniversary treat.

You can also pre-book refreshments for your group and out group travel team will be happy to discuss these options with you. Our on-train, award-winning, refreshment trolley service offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, locally produced ale, tray bakes and biscuits, confectionery and, on some services, locally-made ice cream. For birthdays and other special occasions, we can give your party our personal attention to make your day one to remember!

Your Groups Journey

Your journey can start and end at any of the stations between Carlisle and Leeds (or further afield) and the cost will depend on the journey taken and the date of travel.
The diesel sprinter trains operate daily (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day). To avoid over-crowding of trains, we limit all group bookings to a maximum of 53 passengers on any of the services.

Tours & Guides

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FOSCL) can provide an on-train guide to either provide a running commentary or, point out places of interest and answer your questions. The guides have a wealth of knowledge about the line, its history and architecture, the stunning scenery as well as the local towns and villages. All the guides are volunteers and whilst the availability of a guide can not be guaranteed, you can contact the on-train guide coordinator to request the services of a guide for your group.

Fares & Group Travel Discounts

Our Group Travel team can authorise discounts of up to 30% off the usual fares for the line. Discounted rates are available to groups of 10 or more fare-paying passengers. Some of the 2019 fares are available here.
For other fares, please contact us by email or telephone.

We can also supply exclusive voucher discounts, available from our Explore Voucher scheme, for attractions, shops and eateries along in the region of the railway. To find out more and view the latest Explore Voucher discounts, click here.

November & December Group Travel discounts available now!
Click here to learn more about the exclusive limited-time offer.

Booking A Trip On The Iconic Rail Line…

We are happy to help with planning a journey for your group during the next 12 months and look forward to helping you book your trip on the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

For more information on Group Travel along the rail line, please take a look at our downloadable Group Travel Guide. To view the guide, click here. If you’d like to receive a printed copy of the Group Travel guide, please contact us using one of the methods below.

If you’d like to make an enquiry about travelling the line, you can contact us by:

Completing the online enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Subscribing to our Group Travel Newsletter.


Telephone: 017683 53200

We are now taking bookings for 2019. We will work with you to help plan your journey. 


Here is some of the feedback from groups who have booked with us recently…

March 2018 – Coach Tour Company wrote:

We had great feedback from the trip and they really enjoyed the train ride travelling through beautiful scenery. We were also very lucky with the weather on that day, which always helps.

BDeV wrote:

The group had an excellent journey to Carlisle. The weather was sunny and the rail trip was very smooth. The benefit of a guide was very well appreciated by our members, he was informative and gave great value to the journey. The lady who served the refreshments was also very friendly and helpful. We cannot speak highly enough of the service we enjoyed.

Terry emailed:

Our day was just about perfect. I had requested an on-train guide and Jack was on board to see us on at Ribblehead and stayed for the whole journey. Seats did have reserved notices…
The weather was unexpectedly glorious and there was even a steam special standing in Carlisle for 30 minutes as we waited for our train. Needless to say this attracted much attention.
Thank you again for all your help. We left no stone unturned and things could not have turned out better.

Margaret emailed to say:

We all had a fabulous time last Saturday. hats off to the team who really went out of their way to make us welcome and looked after us going there and back, especially the conductor (Paul); he was a great hit with us all.
The volunteer, Eric, was perfect, warm friendly and informative – he really enriched our experience too.

Yvonne, who organised a trip from Keighley to Carlisle wrote:

We want to thank you for an enjoyable trip on Saturday/Sunday this last weekend. The weather on the way up was beautiful, hence the views were magnificent, a very different landscape with the snow the following day! The volunteer guide (my apologies to him, I can’t remember his name) and his small grandson Ben were extremely informative, we all found his wealth of knowledge very interesting, even some people sat around us, who were local, said they’d learnt a lot. I hope we didn’t traumatise the friendly refreshment lady too much, although she seemed to be enjoying our laughs with us. Thank you once again for the excellent service you have provided.

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