A Great Day Out

Welcome to Rail Charter Services Ltd! We're Britain’s newest bespoke family days out rail main line rail operator, we're here to help you escape the lockdown blues.

From Monday 20th July until Saturday 12th September 2020 we are running 3 return trips a day Monday to Saturday using classic comfortable all first class former 'Inter City' coaches over the stunningly beautiful Settle to Carlisle railway line famously described by the late Bishop of Wakefield Eric Treacy as one of the great ‘man made wonders of the world’.

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An amazing train journey

Image of Ribblehead viaduct by Stuart Petch – www.stuart-petch-photography.com . Images courtesy of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company Ltd

Travel through stunning countryside passing fast flowing rivers, breath-taking long views of wild countryside largely untouched by modern life. Pass the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Pass over the famous Ribblehead viaduct and onward through the remote Blea Moor tunnel where you enter in North Yorkshire and come out in Cumbria.

Onward with fine long views over Dentdale and past England’s highest main line station. Pass over Ais Gill summit at 1,169 feet above sea level and decent down through the beautiful unspolit Upper Eden Valley passing Kirkby Stephen to the beautiful market town of Appleby.

Our trains

Train in countryside

Our comfortable classic 'Inter City' trains will be made up of all first class traditional carriages with large tables, air conditioning, individual power points and comfy well-padded reclining seats. All guests will be guaranteed window seats. Each bay for two guests only will be separated by specially fitted Perspex screens to provide private spaces for families while maintaining safe social distancing.

Fares range from just £24.75 to £34.75 per person based on a family of 4 depending on train time and date.

Ideas for your day out

Image of the countryside

There are three return trip options serving both south to north and vice versa.

Option 1: Full day out

  • Depart Skipton at 0835 or Settle at 0903, arriving Appleby at 1003
  • Plenty of time to explore the surrounding area or the Lake District on foot or by bus/taxi.
  • The return train from Appleby is at 1758 arriving Settle 1848 and Skipton at 1911

Option 2: Short trip with one hour in Appleby

  • Depart Skipton at 1218 or Settle 1244 arriving Appleby at 1335
  • Return train from Appleby is at 1438 arriving back into Settle at 1528 or Skipton at 1549

Option 3: Day trip to Settle or Skipton from Appleby

  • Depart Appleby at 1035 arriving Settle 1129 or Skipton 1203
  • Options to visit either of these two historic market towns
  • Return from Skipton is at 1612 or Settle at 1636 arriving back into Appleby at 1732

Fares for this stunning 112 mile round trip are priced per couple at: £58, £68 or £78 depending on train and date. Special family group fares for 4 people including at least one child (under the age of 16) are: £99, £119 or £139 Ticket price includes reserved table in exclusive bay in traditional comfortable air conditioned first class coaches.

If you have any queries please feel free to email us at info@railcharterservices.co.uk however most answers can be found immediately under the FAQ link at the bottom of this page so do please check this first for an immediate answer.

Carriage of bicycles

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We can transport up to 12 bicycles on each train free of charge. Please email info@railcharterservices.co.uk before you book your ticket to check availability.


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Skipton / Settle to Appleby Return

Appleby to Skipton / Settle Return