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The Settle-Carlisle Railway

Settle Yorkshire England
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Yorkshire's Finest

Drystone walls climb the hills as they have always done. Those wonderful limestone walls that symbolise the very soul of the Yorkshire Dales with their endlessly-varying patterns of grey against green; ragged squares and oblongs marching to impossible heights until they disappear into the heather-cloaked moorland on the summits. Through this most distinctly rugged of landscapes runs the 73-milelong Settle to Carlisle railway line, whose twin tracks climb purposefully from the valleys to the high fells, where foxes bark and the distinctive calls of curlew and red grouse fill the moorland air.

There is no other railway line in England which runs through such spectacular scenery, and by rights it should never have been built, such were the engineering difficulties of constructing a line over the North Pennines. For the 19th-century engineers, the harsh terrain presented a tremendous challenge to their ingenuity, skill and technical abilities and yet they persevered.

Today, the Settle to Carlisle line is often referred to as 'England's greatest historical scenic route'. It's a tribute to the navvies and engineers who built it - the 325 bridges, 21 viaducts and 14 tunnels are lasting monuments to their endeavours. Although steam locomotives still make the run from time to time, these days it's modern diesel sprinter trains that roar along the track. Over the years the type of train may have changed, but the grandeur of the rolling countryside they pass through remains the same.

Although simply savouring the landscape from aboard the train is enjoyment enough for any traveller, there are ample opportunities to stop and explore the many interesting places and attractions en route. From bustling market towns and bracing walks that criss-cross the line, to traditional Yorkshire Dales villages and old traditional pubs, plus events and festivals aplenty to keep you busy.

Northern train services from Leeds and Carlisle, run 7 days a week up to 7 trains a day in either direction. To plan your journey, book a ticket and savour the splendour of this rugged landscape and historic rail line visit -


Extra trains on the line from Leeds and Carlisle, 8 through trains a day 6 days a week and a summer Sundays service from Blackpool.

Details of timetables here


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Fort Paull

Hull Yorkshire England
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Set in over 10 acres on the banks of the Humber Estuary FORT PAULL combines 500 years of Hands on History with enough facilities to provide a full day out for all the family.


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The World of James Herriot

Thirsk Yorkshire England
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There's so much to see and do here... 

The World of James Herriot is a popular multi-award winning Visitor Attraction which is based in the former home and surgery of James Alfred Wight, more famously known as the author, James Herriot. He became one of the most popular writers of the 20th century.

His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world.

Their huge success spawned two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a BBC television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Alf died in 1995, but his books remain extremely popular and the television series is still broadcast throughout the world.

In 1999 Hambleton District Council invested £1.4 million in establishing The World of James Herriot in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Since its opening, the Centre has attracted over half a million visitors from all corners of the globe.

Under private ownership since 2012, visitor numbers have continued to increase year on year. New exhibits are added regularly. A bronze statue of Alf Wight, sculpted by Sean Hedges-Quinn, now stands in the garden celebrating the centenary of Alf's birth in October, 2016.

Glowing reviews are regularly posted on Trip Advisor and several prestigious awards have been won by the Centre:

  • Winner of the best Small Visitor Attraction (under 50,000) at Welcome to Yorkshire's White Rose Awards
  • Winner of The National Gold Award at Visit England's Awards for Excellence, being voted as the Best   Small Visitor Attraction (under 50,000) in the country
  • Gold Winner of the Scoot Headline Award for Achievement in Business
  • Winner of the Dalesman Rural Tourism Award.

A Coach Park is just a few minutes' walk from The World of James Herriot and there is a drop-off point directly outside for visitors with walking difficulties. Disabled access is available throughout the building, with the exception of the air raid shelter in the cellar of the house. A nostalgic journey through the thirties and forties as you walk in the footsteps of ames, Tristan and Siegfried is assured.

Exhibitions include:

  • 1940s house and wartime bunker
  • Exclusive feature film in the foldyard
  • Farrier's Workshop
  • The largest collection of veterinary equipment in the country
  • T.V. studio
  • Life-sized bronze statue of Alf Wight
  • Children's Interactive Gallery
  • The largest collection of Herriot memorabilia in the world.

Call to ask about group rates, booking your group visit or to learn more about The World of James Herriot's partnership arrangements with other attractions nearby. The Centre provides a welcome and interesting attraction for a stopover when en route North or South and works with accommodation providers in the area to find the best group rates and dates for an overnight stay in Herriot Country.

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Treasurer's House, York

York Yorkshire England
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There are ghosts aplenty in York and nowhere more so that at the Treasurer's House, just behind the Minster.


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Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Yorkshire England
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Discover the home of the Fife family and enjoy a walk around this cosy country house in the heart Ryedale.


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Every day is a great day out at Burton Constable. There's so much to enjoy and discover, inside and out. Burton Constable is only 10 miles east of Hull city centre. Visit www.burtonconstable.com