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All Stations Go!

By richard.morris / Sat, 22/09/2018 - 09:54

The Settle Carlisle Trust and FoSCL collaborated with Three Peaks Arts to host a series of workshops and displays at Ribblehead, Horton and Settle Stations on the 8th  and 9th  of September. The displays featured the paintings, photography, embroidery, pottery and sculpture of local artists and craftspeople, all of a very high standard.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch 2018

By mark.harvey / Fri, 14/09/2018 - 07:06

The 2018 FoSCL Christmas Lunch is being held at the Golden Lion (Duke Street, Settle, BD24 9DU) on December 1st.

The guest speaker is Edward Album, who will be talking about the attempt to privatise the line between May 1988 and April 1989.

If you would like to attend, please download and complete the booking form (see attachments below).

Ribblehead Newsletter

By richard.morris / Fri, 24/08/2018 - 14:29


This is the first monthly newsletter, intended to keep everyone informed of events and notices. It also affords myself the opportunity to say what a pleasure it has been to meet many of you and to hear of your contributions. 

Dalesrail part cancelled

By richard.morris / Fri, 10/08/2018 - 16:14

On Sunday 12th August the DalesRail will be part cancelled!

Passengers from Blackpool to travel on a York service to Blackburn, a bus will take them to Hellifield where a train will be waiting for them, this having run ecs from Skipton.

For the return train, the 17.25 Carlisle to Leeds will be re-timed to leave at 17.48, the path of the DalesRail.

On arrival at Hellifield buses will be waiting to convey passengers in to Lancashire.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch

By richard.morris / Sat, 21/07/2018 - 10:34

The 2018 FoSCL Christmas Lunch will take place at the Golden Lion, Settle on Saturday 1st December.  Guest speaker is Edward Album on the subject of the attempt between May 1988 and April 1989 to privatise the line.  

For full details, menu and booking form click on the Events tab on the home page.

Early morning trains now stop at Dent

By richard.morris / Tue, 29/05/2018 - 17:01

FoSCL campaigned for the early morning southbound train to stop at the smaller stations along the line when through trains in each direction were introduced in the last franchise.  Eventually Garsdale, Langwathby and Lazonby were added, leaving just Dent without a service until after 10 am!

FoSCL met Northern Rail's timetabling manager and pointed out that there were 4 minutes slack at Ribblehead and that a stop at Dent would only add 1 1/2 minutes.  Nothing happened for a while.  Finally, 5 years later, this train and the northbound one will stop at Dent.

Dent Station up for sale

By richard.morris / Tue, 29/05/2018 - 11:50

Dent Station building, right next to the platform of England's highest mainline station, is up for sale.  Present owner Robin Hughes writes:

"After 11 years of thoroughly enjoyable ownership, I am downsizing at Dent by retaining the Snow Huts and selling the Station which comes on to the Market on 1st June.

Dent Station is a fabulous property and restoring it and owning it as a holiday let over many years has been a great pleasure.We've had many lovely guests over the 11 years.

New Leeds-Carlisle timetable starts 20th May

By richard.morris / Sun, 20/05/2018 - 12:08

Sunday 20th May marks the first day of the biggest Leeds-Carlisle timetable shakeup in 25 years.  Two extra trains each way on a Sunday bringing the total to six each way, not brilliant but a big step forward from the four each way that we had up until now.  Thanks DfT for specifying this in the franchise and Northern for implementing it on time.

FoSCL Guided Walks Relaunch

By richard.morris / Tue, 15/05/2018 - 11:27

Due to the RMT strike the Guided Walks scheduled for Saturday May 26th to relaunch the FOSCL Guided Walks have been cancelled.

The programme will now relaunch on SUNDAY MAY 27th

The  FREE 10 mile Explorer walk starts at Horton Station at 1016 upon the arrival of the 0859 train from Leeds. It will be a Moderate walk through Arcow, Oxenber Wood and Feizor before traversing Giggleswick Scar and descending into Settle for the 1644 train to Leeds. Fine views all the way with moderate climbs and descents and several stiles.


By richard.morris / Tue, 17/04/2018 - 09:59

Following the confirmation of the new train timetable and the appointment of new Co-ordinators the popular FoSCL GUIDED WALKS will resume from SATURDAY MAY 26th.

FREE Walks with experienced knowledgeable friendly guides will be offered every Saturday and some Sundays to give the opportunity to explore places around the line on foot. Some walks will use bus links to explore places further afield like Hawes and Swaledale.

Timetable changes on the S&C

By richard.morris / Tue, 10/04/2018 - 10:58

From 20th May there will be a much changed timetable on the Settle-Carlisle Line, for the first time in nearly 30 years!  There will be one more train in each direction on weekdays and two more on Sundays.  FoSCL influenced these improvements by lobbying the Department for Transport in advance of the current Northern Rail franchise. 

For details see 

Ride 2 stride 2018

By david.singleton / Fri, 23/03/2018 - 17:16

Now a regular annual event, ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

Death of Sir William McAlpine, FoSCL President

By richard.morris / Tue, 06/03/2018 - 10:07

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sir William, FoSCL's President for many years.  He regularly visited the Settle-Carlisle, not just as FoSCL President but also as Chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust.  It was he who saved the Flying Scotsman.

His local newspaper, the Henley Standard, wrote: 

"Sir William McAlpine, who lived at the Fawley Hill estate with his widow Lady Judith McAlpine, passed away yesterday (Sunday, March 4) following a period of illness.

Weather records broken at Ribblehead

By richard.morris / Fri, 02/03/2018 - 12:12

Records being broken at Ribblehead station where the FoSCL / MyLocalWeather weather station recorded a gust of 61mph at 2205 last evening, 1st March.   The wind direction was 90 degrees - due east.

Also on 1st March was the lowest windchill at -17C

See for the latest data.

The present weather station was set up in January 2009.  It's been recording data ever since then.