Fresh look reappraises Settle-Carlisle heritage

THE conservation area along the Settle to Carlisle Railway is being reappraised to ensure its character and heritage are preserved.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has launched a wide-ranging consultation.

Its route, which stretches for 72 miles and was the last main-line railway built in the 19th century, was designated as an area of special architectural interest in 1991.

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It is believed to be the longest conservation area in the country.

The national park authority's member champion for conservation of cultural heritage, Coun Stuart Parsons, said: "Every conservation area has a distinctive character that has been shaped over time by its natural and man-made surroundings.

"This appraisal is an opportunity to re-assess the railway line and to evaluate and record its special interest.

"It sets out how this most unusual conservation area has evolved and identifies the key elements of its character and quality, as well as defining what is positive and negative, and looking at ways it can be managed for the better in the future."

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The railway was designated a conservation area as a result of efforts between the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and three district councils.

The station buildings, railway workers' cottages and other structures were all designed in the Midland Railway Company's house -style and provide a distinct contrast to the architecture of the Yorkshire Dales.

The most famous structure is the Ribblehead Viaduct.