Giggleswick railway station serves the village of Giggleswick in North Yorkshire. The station is approx one mile from the town of Settle and is served by trains between Leeds and Morecambe. It is unstaffed and operated by Northern, who provide all passenger train services.
The station has recently been branded as a Gateway to the Forest Of Bowland with promotional materials on the station publicising the walking and cycling opportunities.
A copy of a poster promoting the walking and cycling routes can be downloaded by clicking here or visit forestofbowland.com/Bentham-Line for more details.
Opened by the ‘little’ North Western Railway in 1849, it was originally known as Settle Station, as it was the first station to serve the town. Following the completion of the Settle-Carlisle Railway, the station name was altered to Giggleswick in November 1877 to avoid confusion with the recently opened Settle station a mile to the east.
The parish church is named after St Alkelda. The present building dates mostly from the 15th century, but carved stones discovered during the restoration of 1890-2 indicated that a building existed on the site before the Norman Conquest. It is a Grade I listed building.
Giggleswick is famous for its Public School, built in 1897 in the Byzantine style and has quite a list of celebrities who attended or taught at the school. The late Richard Whiteley of Channel 4′s Countdown was a pupil and Russell Harty was an English teacher at the school at the same time. The internationally renowned operatic soprano, Sarah Fox, was born in the village and attended Giggleswick School.
Giggleswick is also famous locally amongst rock climbers for an excellent limestone crag, retro-bolted with many sports routes during 2005 & 2006. The crag may be found opposite the golf course (Settle Golf Club) on the B6480, North of Giggleswick.
SD 802269 – for a map visit www.streetmap.co.uk and enter the grid reference.
- Unstaffed station
- Regular service to Lancaster/Morecambe & Heysham Port and Leeds
- Free car park (20+ spaces)
- Waiting shelter on Leeds bound platform
- Additional seating on platforms
- Payphone on car park
- A limited bus service operates from the village – plan your journey here
- Rail User Group – Lancaster & Skipton Rail User Group
- To see Giggleswick School’s website click here
- Giggleswick (and Settle) is close to the Forest of Bowland – for more information about this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty click here
Settle – station is close to the market town of Settle
Countryside walking – gateway to the Yorkshire Dales and close to the Forest of Bowland
Victoria Hall – Settle’s beautiful Victorian Music Hall with a wide programme of drama, comedy & music
Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre – an excellent birds of prey centre with flying shows.
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