For the hiking railway enthusiast (or indeed the railway hiking enthusiast) there are interesting options to actually stay in self catering accommodation that is or was directly related to the operation of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.
Now I'm no trainspotter or railway anorak but I do have to admit a long weekend or even a week directly on the Settle-Carlisle railway line, with the opportunity to trundle by train to the 3 Peaks area or take in 9 Standards Rigg, Wild Boar Fell, High Cup Nick or a low level walk through Crummack Dale & Thieves Moss catching the early train from wherever appeals to me greatly as does sitting on the platform watching the trains roll by (with an evening beer in hand).
The following list gives details of the accommodation available with links to their websites for availability & pricing.
The former Station Master's house at Ribblehead railway station (owned by the Settle-Carlisle Railway Trust) http://www.sandctrust.org.uk
The former Station Building, adjacent Snow Huts & Bunk Barn at Dent Railway Station http://www.dentstation.co.uk
The former railway workers cottages adjacent Garsdale Railway Station.
No4 Railway Cottages http://www.dalescottages.com/railway.htm
No5 Railway Cottages http://www.5railwaycottages.co.uk
No15 Railway Cottages http://www.garsdalecottage.co.uk
Both Platform & Booking Office Cottages at Kirkby Stephen Railway Station (owned by the Settle-Carlisle Rail;way Trust) http://www.sandctrust.org.uk
The former station building at Long Marton http://www.longmartonstation.fsnet.co.uk
All but the last entry (Long Marton) are actually on or directly adjacent operational railway stations. Long Marton is a disused station (on the Settle-Carlisle line) approx 3 miles NW of Appleby.
It should be noted that all the accommodation listed above are quite some distance from the nearest shopping (although Kirkby Stephen station is only 1.5 miles from the town) so I’d suggest you check with the accommodation owner if any of the big supermarkets deliver there.
Of course there are plenty of other self catering places to stay near the line but I just thought these might give a nice twist to a stay.
Where to stay
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