The station is constructed using the ‘large’ type design and built with bricks, unusual for the Settle-Carlisle where most buildings have used stone. The platforms are the longest on the line at 200 yards, built originally for the purposes of the Anglo-Scottish expresses.
The station is set fairly high above the town, with a well marked walk down to the town centre and the River Eden. Allow time to walk back to the station as is it a steep climb uphill. There is a town plan by the exit from the northbound platform.
2011 saw a major refurbishment and improvement to the facilities at the station.
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The Local Area
Set in the quiet and peaceful vale of Eden, located at the foot of the Pennine hills, in a bend of the lovely River Eden, is Appleby.
Appleby is an attractive market town with a great deal of charm. A beautiful picturesque place to visit.
Appleby offers a wealth of places to visit gorgeous scenery and many opportunities for walkers and nature lovers. The Eden valley is an outstanding area for walking with the town centre being an ideal starting point for dozens of walks over the surrounding fell countryside. Weather it’s a brisk walk or a slow stroll around some of the spectacular views, Appleby is sure to have something for everyone.
Appleby has a lot of charm and character, the town centre is proof of that. With a wide selection of individual and interesting shops from galleries, homeware, gifts and books, it may not be in the same shopping league as larger towns, but Appleby is sure to tempt you and there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Shopping or just looking, Appleby makes for a lovely day out while still admiring the stunning scenery Eden has to offer.
Lady Anne Clifford founded St. Anne’s Hospital – formerly known as The Almshouses, in 1651. Lady Anne built the Almshouses to accommodate thirteen widows who had nowhere else to go. St Anne’s is situated near the castle entrance at the high end of Boroughgate and although the houses are still occupied the courtyard and chapel may be visited during the day.
Situated at the high end of Boroughgate, in Appleby, proudly standing guard over Eden, lies Appleby Castle. The Castle was inherited by Roger de Clifford in 1269 and would remain in ownership of the Clifford family for nearly 400 years. By the 17th Century Lady Anne Clifford made the Castle her home. The Castle re-opened to visitors in early autumn 2013. Daily pre-booked tours area available – contact Appleby Tourist Information Centre 017683 51177 for details and to book.
For a week in June, Appleby Fair takes place set up by charter in 1685, as a fair for horse-trading; it has grown dramatically in popularity and is now world famous. The fair is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts a huge gypsy gathering. They will gather at Appleby to meet up with old friends and conduct business. This time of the year is a great time to visit Appleby with there being such a huge atmosphere. Watching the horses getting washed in the river and then being shown off. Visit www.applebyfair.org which explains all the arrangements leading up to and during the fair, to help you plan your visit and make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.
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