The Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA)

Welcome to the SCRCA

A map showing the location of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA).
Map showing the location
of the SCRCA.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA) is a 78-mile section of mainline railway that is considered to be an area of special architectural and historical interest.

In a bid to preserve the character and appearance of this unique section of Britain's national rail network, it was officially designated a Conservation Area in 1991.

It is the longest conservation area in the United Kingdom and it covers the entire railway (and all asssociated historic structures) between Hellifield Junction in North Yorkshire and Carlisle Citadel Station in Cumbria.

The adjacent map (right or below) shows the location of the SCRCA, while the image gallery below showcases a few of the site- and structure-types associated with the SCRCA.

Grand Tours

If you've plenty of time, make yourself comfortable, then use one of the links below to take a virtual grand tour of the entire conservation area:

Heritage Hotspots

If you've limited time (or if you're seeking ideas for a real-world visit), check-out the following 'highlight' locations (they're all easily accessible by train although please do NOT attempt a real-world visit while travel restrictions relating to the coronavirus outbreak remain in place):

  1. Hellifield Station
  2. Settle
  3. Horton Station
  4. Ribblehead and Blea Moor
  5. Dent Station
  6. Garsdale
  7. Kirkby Stephen Station
  8. Appleby
  9. Langwathby Station
  10. Lazonby and Kirkoswald Station
  11. Armathwaite Station
  12. Carlisle Citadel Station

Background Reading

If you'd like to learn more about the SCRCA Project, start with the Introduction and Overview.

To find out more about conservation areas and the reasoning behind the project, see Background and Context.

If you think you might be able / willing to help us with the project, see Getting Involved.

SCRCA Showcase

The November 2019 edition of the FoSCL Journal includes an article about the construction of Blea Moor Tunnel. If you'd like to follow-up this article, the following pages offer a good starting point:

Get in Touch

If you'd like to get in touch with the SCRCA Project Team, you can contact us.