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Rails Through the Dales: The Settle-Carlisle Railway and Lost Lines of Yorkshire

Pick-up/Drop-off: Skipton railway station (excellent connections to Leeds and routes to London)

Accommodation: a single hotel in the Yorkshire Dales

In 1876 the Midland Railway completed the last of the major Anglo-Scottish rail routes. The line between industrial Yorkshire and the Vale of Eden traversed some of the harshest upland terrain in England - the now famous Leeds, Settle and Carlisle Railway. 

Roundhouse History Tours offers the opportunity to visit and inspect some of the most impressive architecture of the route and also to learn about the people who built the line and the conditions they endured. Clients have been taken to the sites of navvy camps involved in the construction of the iconic Ribblehead viaduct and also Risehill tunnel. Smaller structures, of course, are not forgotten and their architecture and function is also explained.

The industrial archaeology of some of the Dales lines that fell victim to the Beeching axe of the 1960s also provides superb opportunities to explore more remote areas of the Dales and to really get to know the communities that help define this beautiful part of England. For those interested in mechanical engineering, visits can also be arranged to preserved railway workshops in the region.

Whether you simply wish to spend a day looking at the conditions endured by the navvies who built some of the engineering wonders of the world or take a number of days to really explore the railway archaeology of the region, Roundhouse History Tours will provide you with a superb Dales railway history experience.
The Ribblehead viaduct has come to define the Settle-Carlisle Line. The architectural history and industrial archaeology - as well as much other archaeology - in this site alone is fantastic.
Archaeology typical of the remains of the navvy settlements in the Dales
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway provide frequent access to their workshops for clients.