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Walking the Line

Exploring Settle and Carlisle Country

Stan LAbbott


Widely known as England’s most picturesque line, the enduring Settle – Carlisle Railway was built by the Midland in the 1870’s, as part of its quest to forge its own, independent route to Scotland. It is, uniquely for a railway in the UK, a Conservation Area in its own right – viaducts, tunnels, bridges, stations, trackside structures and railway workers’ cottages. By walking all or parts of the route from Settle to Carlisle, you get the chance to get up close to the railway’s magnificent architecture – but also to see the lonely and lofty fells, and stunning scenery from the Dales through the Pennines to the limestone pavements of Westmorland and the green Eden Valley.

In the company of this knowledgeable guide, you’ll also discover centuries’ worth of local history and traditions: Roman remains, medieval castles, and the Romany who still meet at the annual Appleby Horse Fair gathering.





Publication Date:

2021 June


198 x 129 mm paperback




Coour photographs

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