walking the line Settle and Carlisle

Walking the Line is a charming book that explores the Settle and Carlisle Railway, built by Midland Railway between 1869 and 1876, to forge an independent route to Scotland by train. Uniquely for a railway, it’s a Conservation Area with special protection for its viaduct, tunnels, bridges and stations.

The Settle & Carlisle Rail has 21 viaducts, 14 tunnels and bridges (325 of them, when first built). Its conservation status includes stations, trackside and railway workers’ cottages, extending all the way from the glazed canopies of Hellifield Station right into Carlisle’s Citadel station.

By walking all or parts of this historic route, you’ll get up close to the magnificent architecture and also view fells and stunning scenery, from limestone Dales , the Pennines and the Eden Valley. This knowledgable writer explores centuries of history along the way, from Roman remains to medieval castles.

An endearing love-letter to the Settle to Carlisle Railway. A mix of reminiscence, history, characters and practical information that lift it above the level of a conventional guide book. With a rich sense of time and place, this is written with style and clarity, and a must for anyone who wants to walk the route or ride the train. Peter Gillman (Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild)

about the author

Stan L Abbott is an award-winning writer on the outdoors and conservation, who used to be a journalist in Yorkshire (where he led a railway restoration group). He has written many books on local history and walking and is a member of the Outdoor Writers & Photography Guild.

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