Cottages on the Settle to Carlisle Railway Route

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One of the most scenic rail routes in England, the Settle to Carlisle Railway stretches 72 miles between its two terminals and passes through 12 tunnels and across 20 viaducts. It takes in beautiful sites as it passes through the Eden Valley including the fells around Haweswater and Ullswater and the famous Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.

Ribblehead Viaduct on the Carlisle to Settle RailwayThis heritage railway and its stations are a conservation area and a lot of work has been done to preserve the wonderful route. There is a regular service, with the occasional steam train passing through too! You can explore the various stops along the way, open up a wide range of wonderful walking opportunities, or simply enjoy the ride!

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast or just like to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery, the Settle to Carlisle Railway is a must-visit whilst you’re around the Eden Valley area. We’re here to help you find your perfect self-catering cottage close to the stations along the way!

West Cottage

Living room at West Cottage in CumwhintonWith a four star rating by Visit England, you can be sure of high quality at West Cottage in Cumwhinton, just a 10-minute drive from the border city of Carlisle, where the train route starts (or ends, depending on your direction!). West Cottage is a charming holiday home that adjoins a Georgian listed farmhouse and has easy access to the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the Solway Coast, and even the Scottish Borders! It’s the perfect choice if you want lots of options during your holiday!

Nearest station: Carlisle
Sleeps 4/6, 2 dogs
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Oak Tree Studio

Livin room at Oak Tree Studio in High HesketThis contemporary, eco-friendly property in High Hesket is an absolute beauty! With underfloor heating powered by a biomass boiler, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a gorgeous welcome hamper of local produce, you’ll immediately feel at home here. From either the living room or the patio you can enjoy far-reaching views over the rolling countryside and take advantage of the pure peace of this quiet area.

Nearest station: Armathwaite
Sleeps 2, pet-free
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Aster Cottage

Living room at Aster Cottage in KirkoswaldSweet and cosy, Aster Cottage is a lovely romantic bolthole in the pretty village of Kirkoswald, just a few miles from Penrith and Lazonby Station on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. Located away from the main road, yet close to the village shop, it sits above a pretty river and close to numerous picturesque walks. This is a great place for history lovers too – the local church, which gives its name to the village, features a 19th century bell tower that is said to have warned village residents of Scottish invasions. It also lies just a few miles north of mysterious Long Meg Stone Circle.

Nearest station: Lazonby
Sleeps 2, 1 dog
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Ona Ash

Ona Ash holiday cottage in KirkoswaldOna Ash is a really special holiday cottage. One of only two known Cumbrian long houses with a thatched roof, it is a Grade 2* listed building that takes you back to another era. Wooden beams, slate flagged floors, and stunning views, this spacious self-catering cottage is ideal for a family or group of friends wanting to explore the tranquil area around Kirkoswald.

Nearest station: Lazonby
Sleeps 6, 3 dogs
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Bridgeway

Living room at Bridgeway in LangwathbyBridgeway is a spacious bungalow with plenty of room for your whole party to spread out. Two large living rooms, flexible sleeping space, plentiful parking and a large garden combine to form an ideal holiday home for two families, large families, or a group of friends. After a day exploring the pretty village of Langwathby and further afield thanks to its position on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, you can head back to Bridgeway and relax on the large corner sofa, warming your toes by the fire!

Nearest station: Langwathby
Sleeps 8, 2 dogs
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Byre Cottage

Byre Cottage in LangwathbyWith accommodation all on the ground floor, this wonderful barn conversion makes a comfortable home-from-home, whatever the season! A wood burner is in place to warm your toes in the winter months, while the pretty garden is a delightful spot for a morning cuppa in the summer. It is also close to not only Langwathby Station (a 5-minute walk), but also the village store, post office, and The Shepherd’s Inn. This is a village that retains its timeless charm!

Nearest station: Langwathby
Sleeps 2, 1 dog
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Brett Cottage

Kitchen at Brett Cottage in Appleby-in-WestmorlandNestled in the charming market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Brett Cottage is a beautiful, modern, self-catering cottage concealed within a traditional sandstone exterior. Light, bright and spacious, it’s the ideal spot for a couple, solo traveller, or small family. You can delight in the historical wonders of Appleby – including a castle, the historic main street, and the Settle to Carlisle Railway – or head further afield into either the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, or North Pennines.

Nearest station: Appleby
Sleeps 3, 1 dog
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Beechcroft

Beechcroft self-catering cottage in Appleby-in-WestmorlandAn acre of wild gardens, a Grade II Listed building, charming character, and links to Beatrix Potter… Beechcroft is a real dream! This elegant home-from-home has been sensitively refurbished to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining original features. You can lose yourself in the beautiful gardens while seeking red squirrels or enjoy a delicious meal together in the spacious kitchen-diner. When you’ve had your fill of exploring this stunning house, it's only a 10-minute walk to hop onto the Settle to Carlisle Railway at Appleby Station.

Nearest station: Appleby
Sleeps 10/12, 2 dogs
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Cooper’s Cottage

Living room at Cooper's Cottage in RavenstonedaleWithin the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Cooper’s Cottage is an absolutely gorgeous holiday home with a country-style kitchen, homey living room with wood burner, and modern shower room. The idyllic outlook is of sheep-studded pastures and it’s also within easy reach of the Lake District. Ravenstonedale itself boasts plenty to do including walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, tennis courts, and a children’s play park. Why not head into nearby Kirkby Stephen, which benefits from breathtaking scenery, a host of attractions, and that all-important station on the Settle to Carlisle Railway!

Nearest station: Kirkby Stephen
Sleeps 4, 2 dogs
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The Old Stables (Outhgill)

View from The Old Sables (Outhgill) in MallerstangIn a superb position under Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell, The Old Stables is a characterful cottage with incredible views. Located in a small hamlet close to Kirkby Stephen, where Cumbria overlaps with the Yorkshire Dales, it is a place bathed in peace and tranquillity. The Settle to Carlisle line runs parallel to Mallerstang Edge on the opposite side of the valley and the nearest station, in the lovely town of Kirkby Stephen, is only a 10-minute drive away.

Nearest station: Kirkby Stephen
Sleeps 8, 2 dogs
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The Penthouse

Kitchen-diner at The Penthouse in SedberghThe Penthouse is a stylish and unique apartment in the heart of Sedbergh, England’s Book Town. It’s the perfect getaway for a couple, with an additional quirky mezzanine that can accommodate two more guests. Tall ceilings, a large open-planning living room, original beams, and a stunning outlook together make this property an excellent place to stay. The bustling town of Sedbergh is conveniently located just a 10-minute drive away from not one but two stations on the Settle to Carlisle Railway!

Nearest stations: Garsdale or Dent
Sleeps 2/4, 0 dogs
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Fellgarth Barn

Fellgarth Barn self-catering cottage in CastertonLuxury in the heart of beautiful countryside! Fellgarth Barn in Casterton is just that. This converted barn and milking parlour has been carefully brought into the 21st century with a stunning open plan living area, luxurious fittings and furnishings, and a garden room and patio that make the most of the views. You can choose to don your walking boots and explore the surround area on foot, head into wonderful Kirkby Lonsdale to wander its cobbled streets, or hop on the train at Dent to discover other stations along the train route.

Nearest station: Dent
Sleeps 6/8, pet-free
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Little Barras

Little Barras holiday cottage in MasongillThe Ribblehead Viaduct is perhaps the most famous site on the Settle to Carlisle Railway thanks to its imposing position standing tall amidst the open landscape. There is also a station at Ribblehead and Little Barras in nearby Masongill is just a 15-minute drive away. This period property in the Yorkshire Dales was once home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and seamlessly blends modern comforts with original features. It also benefits from far-reaching countryside views, a pretty garden, and welcoming living areas.

Nearest station: Ribblehead
Sleeps 6, 1 dog
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We hope you enjoy chuffing through the Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales on the Settle to Carlisle Railway, taking in the sites as you go! You can see even more of our wonderful self-catering holiday cottages using our cottage search.

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