Settle to Carlisle Way

A self-guided walking holiday from Settle to Carlisle along the line of the famous scenic railway.

8 to 15 nights
97 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £720 per person

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About this route

This fabulous walking holiday option explores the entirety of the Settle to Carlisle Way, journeying 97 miles through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley from the town of Settle to the city of Carlisle.

This walk is highly recommended for keen train spotters and those interested in the industrial history of the region, as the trail showcases many fine examples of Victorian engineering surrounded by unforgettable scenery. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Settle to Carlisle Way map
Settle to Carlisle
97 miles (155 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Admiring the fabulous views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks; Pen-y-Gent, Ingleborough and Whernside.

Marvelling at the stunning examples of Victorian engineering along the world's most picturesque railway.

Passing through the remarkable landscape of the Yorkshire Dales to the tranquil Eden Valley. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
S2C1 From Settle to Carlisle 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£720
S2C2 From Settle to Carlisle 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£810
S2C3 From Settle to Carlisle 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding£900
S2C4 From Settle to Carlisle 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£990
S2C5 From Settle to Carlisle 15 nights, 14 days walking Easy / Moderate£1350

Settle to Carlisle Way 8 nights, 7 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that during early June, one of the oldest fairs in Europe takes place. The Appleby Horse Fair is visited by travellers who come to trade their horses. It attracts thousands of visitors and as a result, the area becomes very busy and can have an impact on availability of accommodations and the ease of luggage transfers.

If you are considering walking during this time, please telephone us to discuss your options.


Travel to Settle where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Settle to Ribblehead. 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Ribblehead to Garsdale Head. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 3

Garsdale Head to Kirkby Stephen. 13 miles (21km)

Day 4

Kirkby Stephen to Appleby. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 5

Appleby to Langwathby. 17 miles (27.5km)

Day 6

Langwathby to Armathwaite. 13 miles (20.5km)

Day 7

Armathwaite to Carlisle. 14.5 miles (23km)


Depart from Carlisle after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 8 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra day to explore the sights and sounds of Yorkshire and the Eden Valley can be the perfect way to extend your holiday.

Settle is a lovely little town with a typical 17th century market square complete with a split-level arcaded shambles. The town has plenty of shops, several cafes and a handful of welcoming inns. From here, trips to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (to climb Pen-y-Ghent) or Ribblehead (to climb Whernside) or Carlisle (for Hadrian's Wall) can easily be accomplished.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is also a good place to take an extra night. Don't miss the unusual 'Bound Devil', a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

Appleby is one of the most picturesque towns in the north of England. The town is surrounded on three sides by a loop in the River Eden. The fourth side was defended by Appleby Castle, which was restored by Lady Anne Clifford. It consists of a 12th-century keep and a mansion house. These, together with their associated buildings, are set in a courtyard surrounded by curtain walls. Lady Anne also built the almshouses on the wide, tree-lined main street, the Boroughgate - which runs from High Cross, former site of the cheese market outside the castle, to Low Cross, the former site of the butter market. St Lawrence's Church, at Low Cross, holds the tomb of Lady Anne Clifford.

Many people take an extra night in Carlisle and visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous 'licking stones'. Here, parched Jacobite prisoners found enough moisture to stay alive, only to be brutally executed on Gallows Hill.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 97 miles (155 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27.5 km)
Code: S2C1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Settle
End of holiday: Carlisle

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Glasgow and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Settle) and also at the end of the trail (Carlisle).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Settle and from Carlisle.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Settle.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Carlisle to Settle.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Easy / Moderate+
From £360 per person
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