Saturday 16th March - Cardiff to Carlisle and return (steam Carlisle to Crewe via the Settle & Carlisle Railway)

With the trees leafless (and perhaps snow on the mountain tops), we visit the wonderfully picturesque Settle & Carlisle line on this Saturday excursion. After a diesel-hauled run from the south over Shap Summit we break at Carlisle (1155 to 1415). Here Tornado takes over.

We head up the Eden Valley to Appleby for a water stop and into the hills, through Kirkby Stephen and along the flanks of Wild Boar Fell to Ais Gill summit and the ‘Roof of England’. Tunnels and viaducts through the mountains lead to a highlight as we cross the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct followed with a run down Ribblesdale, past Penyghent to Settle Junction. Then we leave the Settle & Carlisle line and approach Hellifield. Next we turn to the west, past Pendle Hill, and through Clitheroe to cross the 48 arches of Whalley Viaduct, with extensive views across to Bowland on the hardest climb of the day, to Wilpshire.

Continuing homeward via Blackburn and along the West Coast Main Line it’s farewell to No. 60163 at Crewe, from where we return diesel hauled to our joining stations.

Ticket Prices & Booking

Saturday 16th March 2019

Ticket Price
Premier Dining£289
First Class Plus£199
First Class£180
Standard Class £125
Guaranteed Table for Two£35
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Cardiff Central05:4523:10
Newport06:0522:30
Cwmbran06:2022:15
Abergavenny06:4021:55
Hereford07:1521:25
Leominster07:3521:10
Ludlow07:5020:55
Craven Arms08:0520:45
Shrewsbury08:3520:15
Crewe09:20 19:05
  • Premier Dining

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage. Silver service for all meals. Junior ticket £249.00, table for four £1136.00.

  • First Class Plus

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage. Your choice of teas, coffees or orange juice served with a selection of biscuits, pastries and cakes. Junior ticket £159.00, table for four £776.00.

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage. No catering is provided, but you can purchase snacks and drinks from the Buffet Car. Junior ticket £140.00, table for four £700.00.

  • Standard Class

    No catering is provided, but you can purchase snacks and drinks from the Buffet Car. Junior ticket £65.00, table for four £480.00.

  • Guaranteed Table for Two

    **Supplement for guaranteed seats a table for two in a First Class carriage

This tour is promoted by Pathfinder Tours who are acting as ticket agents.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.