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Membership update

Membership Renewal Guide:

Hello Friends

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal before 1st March 2024 and can be renewed now. We value your continued support and details of how to renew are outlined below.

The subscriptions for 2024 are as follows:

  • Individual: £20

  • Joint: £25 (two adults at same address)

  • Junior: £1 (Up to 18 years of age)

  • Student: £15 (For ages 18-25)

  • Family: £30 (two adults plus children up to 18 years of age)

Edward Album OBE

We are delighted to report that Edward Album has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.  He became the Friends' Legal Adviser in 1985 and has served the Settle to Carlisle Line ever since. 

He was instrumental in setting up the Settle to Carlisle Trust which was formed initially to raise funds for the repair of Ribblehead Viaduct, cited by BR as the main reason for closing the Line in 1989. BR costed the repair as £10m : eventually it was repaired at a cost of only £2.5m, raised by the Trust, of which he was the first Chair.

Walkers are Welcome 

Walkers are Welcome is a U.K. wide, community led network of accredited towns whose purpose is to develop and promote walking in areas with something different to offer.  There is a branch in Kirkby Stephen, easily accessible from Kirkby Stephen West station on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line.

See the attached annual report for more information or visit their website

Shop Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for volunteers to work in the shop on Settle station operated by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL).
Work as part of a small team working in the shop and selling refreshments,books, railway memorabilia and other items to visitors using the shop. This is a rewarding opportunity to support your local community and work with like-minded volunteers.
No retail experience is necessary and training will be given on how to use the till, credit card machine and stock management.
If you'd like to know more please contact – Ann:

Gardeners Wanted

We need more station gardeners at Appleby, Dent and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

If you are recently retired or are looking for an opportunity to support your local community by volunteering we might have just the role for you.

We are looking for people to help with the management of the beautiful gardens at the above iconic stations.

We will provide equipment, training, personal protective equipment and opportunities to meet with colleagues.

This is an exciting role for the UK's largest railway support organisation.

Kirkby Stephen new bus service

The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line are delighted to be supporting a pilot initiative for a bus service from Kirkby Stephen Station to Penrith running on Saturdays from 1st April 2023. The bus connects at Kirkby Stephen Station with the 0748 train from Leeds (0824 Skipton and 0850 Settle). This recreates a much-missed link with the West Coast Mainline withdrawn in 2016 and an opportunity to reach Penrith and the northern Lakes from our line. Residents of the Upper Eden area will also be able to reach the 0849 southbound train to Leeds.


Ribblehead Shanty Town Tours

August 17th 2022


We had another sunny day with a breeze to keep us cool as we toured the nature reserve and took in the 64 foot Viking long house. Its entrance is clearly marked in the land. We did have to move on the resident sheep.

This week visitors to the shanty area were particularly interested in the strong house and office. This area was excavated by archaeologists in the 1990s as shown in the photos.

We need more volunteers

Call for Volunteers


If you have recently retired or are thinking of what you’d like to do to help your community why not consider joining The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL) volunteer team? We have 100+ volunteers mainly in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria but also from the South Coast of England, London, Derbyshire and Scotland.


We undertake a variety of interesting roles all of which support  the Settle Carlisle Line as follows:

New Appleby heritage style running in boards

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line new Appleby running in board project was completed on 21st April, the signs were created by Ged Pinder in FoSCL's Settle workshop, were painted by Cliff Johnson and were funded by FoSCL along with the posts. Northern Trains funded the digging and concreting of the posts and mounting of the boards. Now all that’s left to do is to place plant tubs directly underneath the centre of the signs to prevent people from walking underneath and bumping their heads.