Walking the Line

Stan L Abbott

Stan Abbott’s career as a journalist began in York and has seen him write for many national and regional newspapers and magazines. For some years he ran a successful publishing business in the Yorkshire Dales and has also worked in the airline industry, and in tourism in the UK and Europe. He has edited several books and magazines and has written three books about the Settle & Carlisle Railway.

Walking the Line

Exploring Settle & Carlisle Country

by Stan L Abbott

  • RRP: £9.99 (print)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913393083
  • Publication date: June 24, 2021

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Widely known as England’s most picturesque line, the enduring Settle – Carlisle Railway crosses the north Pennines between Yorkshire and Cumbria, traversing stunning scenery from the Dales through the lonely and lofty fells to the limestone pavements of Westmorland, and on into the lush, green Eden Valley. The line was built by the Midland Railway company in the 1870s, to forge an independent route connecting its English network with Scotland. Uniquely for a railway in the UK, the entire infrastructure is a Conservation Area in its own right – comprising viaducts, stations, bridges, tunnels, trackside structures and railway workers’ cottages.

By walking all or parts of the route from Settle to Carlisle, you get the chance to get up close to this iconic railway’s magnificent architecture. And in the company of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll also discover centuries’-worth of local history and traditions: Roman remains, medieval castles, the annual Appleby Horse Fair gathering, and much more besides.

REVIEWS OF Walking the Line

'An endearing love-letter to the Settle to Carlisle Railway. It is an enticing mix of reminiscence, history, characters and practical information that lift it far above the level of a conventional guide book. It is evocative and affecting, with a rich sense of time and place. Written with both style and clarity, it is a must for anyone who wants to walk the route or ride the train.' Peter Gillman (author & Chairman of the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild)