Settle

In the past we had travelled on the Settle and Carlisle railway between Ribblehead and Carlisle – it had been two trips. On the most recent holiday in that area we thought we’d complete the journey – and do the most exciting bit for a second time by travelling from Dent – England’s highest station, over the Ribblehead Viaduct and down to Settle. We could take a look at this little town before returning.

We arrived in Settle and watched our train head off to complete its journey to Leeds.

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The Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Railway do a fantastic job supporting owners and operators and making sure stations are kept in good order.

But private enterprise does its bit too. Just outside the station there is an old water tank which stored much needed water for steam locos. It has been converted into a home with heritage extras added.

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Settle is a pleasant market town and it was market day.

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This building houses a rather quirky museum.

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As you’d expect, Settle is in glorious surroundings.

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Back on the station for our return, we found ‘The Friends’ even provide entertainment by having bird feeders.

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Niches in the station wall have unexpected characters to amuse children of all ages.

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These little extras make the travelling experience so much more delightful.

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