A train ride is one of the most ideal ways to explore the English countryside, and if you can’t quite pin down the Hogwarts Express, this new train service is a good secondary option.
New tourist trains, courtesy of Rail Charter Services, are scheduled to begin scenic routes on the Settle to Carlisle line this summer. The service will complete three 112-mile round trips per day in North Yorkshire and Cumbria, running from/to Skipton or Settle from/to Appleby. There are three options — the full day experience, the short trip, and a full day trip.
The train will pass sights like the Ribblehead viaduct, Ais Gill summit, and Dent station, as well as the classic countryside towns of Appleby, Settle, and Skipton. Your journey will be narrated by an onboard guide, who will provide passengers with historical context and other educational information as you pass points of interest throughout the English countryside.
Adrian Quine, director of the Rail Charter Services company, said, “This is the first time that a dedicated timetabled tourist train has operated in England and has the potential to be a game-changer in other popular areas of high seasonal demand.”
The trains will run from Monday to Saturday between July 20, 2020, and September 12, 2020. Round trip tickets are approximately $35, and all the seats are first class and located by a window. Trains have a capacity of 128 seats, room for 12 pre-booked bicycles, and are designed to accommodate the needs of families observing social distancing. At first, tickets will only be sold in pairs to people from the same household or social bubble. Seats will also be divided by perspex screens.