Have you ever ridden on a world famous railway route before? I went on the third most prettiest route in the world junks of years ago when I travelled around New Zealand. It was breath taking! Little did I know that I’ve also been riding on another world famous route here in the UK a few times now. The Settle to Carlisle Railway. It is famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and pretty station buildings. The cutest one I think is at the start, in Settle.
The first time I took this full journey was when I came back to Leeds from Edinburgh and went via Carlisle. I was surprised and amazed of how pretty the route was, going through Cumbria (on the edge of The Lake District) and the Yorkshire Dales. The second time I went on the Settle to Carlisle Railway was purposely for the scenery, but also to stop and explore more of this beautiful countryside. There are 10 stops in total along the route but I’ve got three favourites.
Settle is the first/last stop on this route but coming from Leeds, it’s fairly far out. I’ve been here twice, once only to travel further to camp near the Ingleborough Falls and once for a walk up to the Victoria Cave. It’s a loop route which takes about 2-3 hours so perfect for a morning walk if you don’t want to spend all day out. There are plenty of cute pubs and cafes in Settle to enjoy a lunch afterwards. We brought our own picnic to enjoy outside the cave with views over Ingleborough and Pen-Y-Ghent.
Speaking of Ingleborough and Pen-Y-Ghent, Horton-In-Ribblesdale is where you’ll get off if you fancy walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks. I’ve done it once and even though it was hard work, I’d like to walk it again. It’s a 24 mile long route which should take you around 12 hours. It’s definitely a summer activity as you’ll need all the light you can get.
If you fancy a walk any other time on the year, one of the peaks enough. Pen-Y-Ghent is the smallest and quickest peak of the three and easily accessible from the train station. As you get off the train, head to the village church and from there, follow the sign post to the Pen-Y-Ghent summit. If the weather is nice, you’ll see both Ingleborough and Whernside walking this route.
Garsdale is part of the Yorkshire Dales, a valley in south east of Cumbria. We stopped here over night. We sadly only had an hour or so to take a short walk before the dark fell but as there isn’t much more (read nothing) to do around here, we got up super early the next day to fit in another hour of walking and exploring before breakfast. The sunrise I’ve the hilltops is pretty amazing, so worth it! I’d definitely com back here for a full day’s hike.
We stayed at the super cute The Moorcock Inn. They have six rooms in total, a mix of singles and doubles and one of the rooms allows dogs as well. Between £40-£85 a night you get a good night’s sleep in a warm and clean room. Breakfast is included but you have to pay for dinner on top. The downstairs area has a traditional pub feel to it, with a tasty mix of old and modern interior. The staff is super friendly the food is home cooked and the drinks are cheap.
Have you taken the Settle to Carlisle Railway or stopped at any of these places by car? Where’s your favourite stop along the route?