Travel Along The World Famous Railway…

The Settle-Carlisle line is part of the national rail network with diesel train services operating between Leeds and Carlisle, via Settle and Appleby, daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Unlike many think, the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe routes are not exclusively heritage railways. Learn more about steam excursions here.  
Both rail lines are part of the main UK rail network with train services running in each direction, several times a day. For timetables, tickets and more, click here.

The rail line plays an integral part in transporting residents and visitors to and from the Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire, Cumbria and beyond. The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle rail line provides very useful connections for travel from Carlisle to/from Scotland and to London from both Carlisle and Leeds.

Click here to learn about connecting services from the rail line.

Trains travelling along the Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe rail line provide access to the West Coast mainline, the Cumbrian coast and beyond.

To & From The Railway…

Journeys can start and/or end at any of the stations along the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line– or you may have travelled to/from other parts of the country.

The illustrated route map (click above to enlarge) for the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Railway shows all stations between Carlisle and Leeds. Note that all stations marked in blue are manned stations.

The map also shows all stations found along the Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe rail line. This route can be accessed from stations between Leeds and Long Preston on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.

Visit our stations section for lots more about the route and local information.

Please note that the route map is not to scale.

Purchasing Tickets…

A range of tickets are available (single, return, open return and advance purchases) for travel along the rail line. If you are boarding the train at a manned station, you must purchase your ticket before boarding the train. If boarding at an unmanned station you will be permitted to purchase your ticket from the conductor on board.

Buy tickets online in advance here.

You can also purchase tickets using Northern’s free mobile app. Click here for more details.

Click here to learn more about fares and tickets.

Travel Times & Your Journey…

You can view the latest timetables, for both the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Bentham-Lancaster/Morecambe routes, in the Timetables section of our website.

It is always recommended that you check your journey prior to travel. You can do so by visiting Northern’s website here.

To complement your journey, we offer an at seat refreshment trolley service on most trains. Click here for more information about the refreshment trolley service.

Engineering Works

There are occasions when engineering work may disrupt train services on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It is always recommended that you check your journey prior to travel. You can do so by visiting Northern’s website here.


You can learn about the assistance which can be provided to assist disabled and older passengers here.


*Carlisle-Appleby-Settle-Leeds rail way line map illustrated by Bulb Creative Studio.