Dent Station - England's Highest Mainline Station - purchased by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle

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A pictorial celebration of 14 years of private ownership by Robin Hughes and the purchase by the ‘Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line’ members on 4th September 2020. Michael Portillo, President of FOSCL ‘delighted’ at purchase of Dent Station by Friends group

Photograph by Matthew Kaunz

The 9:55am 50 012 Glasgow to Birmingham Express 9th March 1975. Photo: Derek Cross

This foreword was kindly written by the late Graham Taylor (1945-2017) – the former England Football Manager. We were privileged to have him staying at Dent Station on a number of occasions. To escape, to get away from it all, to spend a few days living at a pace that you dictate, surely there are moments in all of our lives that we need this kind of tranquility, I know I do. But even more importantly I know where to go to get it. Dent Station is the name, and you will read in this book where it is and how and why it is still in existence. It is a wonderful story, but just as importantly it is a wonderful place to visit and, if you are dog owners, you will not find a better place to have that early morning walk to fully appreciate the beauty and silence of the area. Yes, of course there are trains, either speeding through the station or stopping to pick you up or drop you off, but for me that makes it even more of a magical place. Five minutes drive away is the lovely town of Dent, if you feel the need to stock up on food and drink. If you love the Dales – as I do – you must visit Dent Station. Perhaps one day we might bump into one another. Graham Taylor - former England Football Manager