England’s highest railway station

Dentdale lies on the famous Settle-Carlisle train line which claims to be ‘one of the world’s greatest railway journeys’.
The service crosses the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct before arriving at Dent Station – England’s highest mainline halt and one of the biggest attractions in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Part of the UK’s regular rail network, trains run daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) allowing visitors to sit back and enjoy spectacular scenery from the comfort of the carriages and providing a vital transport link for local residents.
Many embark at Dent Station to explore the delights of the dale on foot and visit the village, four miles away down the valley. A volunteer-run bus service connects with trains on scheduled days each week.
Navvies began work on the 72-mile line in the 1870s and shanty towns grew up on the fells to accommodate these men and their families. The harsh conditions took their toll; 25 unmarked graves, thought to be linked to its construction, are commemorated in Dentdale’s St John the Evangelist churchyard, Cowgill. The stone memorial was inscribed by local letter-carver Pip Hall and erected in 2016.
The Settle-Carlisle’s infrastructure – with its 20 viaducts and 14 tunnels – was expensive to maintain and during the ‘Golden Age of Motoring’ it was run down and threatened with closure. But its future was secured by Government in 1989, thanks to a concerted campaign by rail enthusiasts, increased passenger numbers and a revived interest in Britain’s heritage and landscape.