The Settle to Carlisle railway line is one of the wonders of Britain. Magnificent views, beautifully kept stations maintained by volunteers, ending at the magnificent red stone structures of Carlisle.

The place name sign on Settle station

Settle, a charming small town where the industry of West Yorkshire truly gives way to nature. The first of the stations maintained by the voluntary organisation, Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line

On Sunday 19 May my wife and I made the trip with free tickets given by Northern Rail, who operate the trains, as compensation for the terrible service to urban commuters – my wife being one – over the past year (though to be fair it was probably more the fault of Network Rail, who maintain the tracks). No matter, a free trip up one of the world’s great scenic routes was not be missed.

A journey you should add to your ‘bucket list’; I’ve traversed the route many times but usually by car or on foot. It’s also perfect for a cycle ride if you are energetic.

For photographers: all taken with an Olympus OM20 with either 50mm f/1.8 or 28mm f/2.8 Zuiko lens, on Fuji Superia 200 film. Most of the pictures here were taken just as mementos of the journey but I did manage to spend a little time on one or two more interesting photographically I think, so they will eventually be posted on my other blog – grumpytykepix – in fact one already has. I don’t take very many pictures from train windows but if you would like to see some more you’ll find more on my wife’s blog, piterelu, taken with her Lumix GF1 digital camera.

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