Settle & Carlisle Steam Special on the Northern Belle


A wonderful steam hauled journey on one of the greatest lines in Great Britain featured on Channel 5’s “World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys”.

Departing from Glasgow on Sunday 8th August 2021, your journey begins in style with red carpet treatment at the train door and a welcome glass of sparkling Bellini as you board.

Once settled into your plush armchair in our stylish dining carriages, a light brunch is served on route to Carlisle.

On arrival you will have some free time to visit the castle and cathedral before retuning to the station. This is where we are joined by the famous steam locomotive, the Princess Elizabeth.

There will be plenty of time to take photographs of the steam engine in Carlisle station, have your picture taken in front of the loco and chat to the fireman and driver.

The highlight of the journey will be travelling over the famous Settle & Carlisle railway line during dinner – a delectable five courses which will be served with wine.

The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, runs between Settle Junction, on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and Carlisle, near the English-Scottish borders

Admire the opulent interior design of your carriage, which evokes the 1930s “Belle” trains, each vintage carriage is decked out in luxurious details. Look around and discover plush fabrics and handcrafted murals.

Exclusive to DC Thomson Travel, book your seats now for the special price of £380pp*

Exclusive price of £380* for our readers (*RRP £390pp); Bookings of one or two attract a surcharge of £90 for a private table for two.

Book with confidence in these uncertain times– change your booking, up to 7 days before, without charge – ask the reservations team for more information.

To make a reservation + activate our exclusive price*

call 01270 899303 quoting DCT10

© Princess Elizabeth (6201) Image supplied by Northern Belle/ John Cooper-Smith


  • Spectacular scenic journey by steam over the Settle & Carlisle line hauled by Princess Elizabeth locomotive from Carnforth
  • Welcome sparkling Bellini reception
  • Delightful brunch on the outward journey to Carlisle
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Time to explore Carlisle at leisure & photograph the Engine
  • Champagne reception back on board
  • Sumptuous Five-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hote menu including an award winning cheese board
  • Steam journey over the settle & Carlisle line
  • Complimentary bottle of wine per couple
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours


Affectionately known as “Lizzie” this locomotive was built in 1933 and named after a then young Princess later to become Queen Elizabeth II. It is one of the two remaining preserved Princess Royal Class Locos.

“Lizzie” played a key role on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations – her whistle signalled the start of the Thames Jubilee Pageant and hauled the Royal Train during the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

This special steam program reunites this Royal Engine with Northern Belle’s oldest carriage, Duart, which was once part of the Royal Train.


The Northern Belle will steam majestically off towards the spectacular 72-mile Settle-Carlisle line. Painstakingly hewn out of the North Pennine moors and Yorkshire Dales during the 1870s by an army of 6,000 navvies, this has been voted number two in a list of “The World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys”.

“Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder, Shovelling white steam over her shoulder” (to quote W H Auden’s famous “Night Mail poem), we will race through picturesque Appleby before working hard to reach the top of Ais Gill (1,169ft, 356m). Then the Northern Belle drops down to Garsdale until eventually – “Snorting noisily as she passes, Silent miles of wind-bent grasses” – she steams into Settle.

On the way, we will have plunged through 14 tunnels, including the 1.5mile (2404m) long Blea Moor Tunnel, and crossed 22 viaducts, notably the magnificent 24-arch, quarter-mile (402m) long and 104ft (32m) high one at Ribblehead.

Finally after reaching the pretty little town of Hellifield, we head west through Blackburn and back to Carnforth in the south lakes.

Our Steam trip may be almost over, but we will have memories to last a lifetime.

The journey will be steam hauled from  Carlisle – Settle – Hellifield – Preston- Carnforth ( The Lakes & Dales route).

Heritage Diesel locomotives will be used from the departure stations until the Lakes and Dales Steam route, and for the return to your departure station.



To make a reservation, call 01270 899303 quoting DCT10


Operated by Northern Belle.  Prices based on discounted offer for DC Thomson readers.  Subject to availability.  Every passenger travelling on board the Northern Belle luxury train does so by accepting the standard terms and conditions of carriage of Northern Belle Ltd. These can be viewed in full on the website –

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