Horton-in-Ribblesdale Railway Station
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Horton-in-Ribblesdale Railway Station

Horton-in-Ribblesdale National Rail
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Horton-in-Ribblesdale station
Local authorityCraven
Coordinates54°08?58?N 2°18?07?W / 54.1494°N 2.3020°W / 54.1494; -2.3020Coordinates: 54°08?58?N 2°18?07?W / 54.1494°N 2.3020°W / 54.1494; -2.3020
Grid referenceSD803726
Station codeHIR
Managed byNorthern
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Decrease 15,656
2015/16Increase 16,096
2016/17Increase 16,112
2017/18Increase 16,722
2018/19Increase 18,968
4 May 1970closed
16 July 1986reopened
National Rail - UK railway stations
  • Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Horton-in-Ribblesdale from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale railway station is a small station that serves the village of Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, England on the Settle-Carlisle Line miles (76 km) northwest of Leeds. The station is owned by Network Rail and is operated by Northern who provide all passenger train services.


The station was completed by the Midland Railway in 1876 and was opened for passengers on 1 May. It was initially named "Horton".[1] The London Midland and Scottish Railway absorbed the Midland Railway on 1 January 1923 and renamed the station as Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 26 September 1927.[2]

The station buildings were designed by the Midland Railway company architect John Holloway Sanders.[3]

The station is currently (2019) served and managed by Northern, as are all the trains calling at the station. It is unstaffed, with no ticket vending facilities (so tickets can only be purchased in advance or on the train - Northern has stated it plans to provide a ticket machine here in the future). The station waiting room is open for public use, having been restored by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust in 2002 as part of a wider refurbishment of the main buildings on the eastern side (other parts of the building are rented out for commercial use).[4]

It is located near to Pen-y-ghent, one of the mountains known collectively as the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The station and the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale are at 850 feet above sea level, as stated on the decorative station information board, and are about 6 miles (10 km) north of Settle.

In the 1950s and 1960s under stationmaster Taylor, Horton won the "Best Kept Station" award for 17 consecutive years.[5] The station lost its passenger service on 4 May 1970, but reopened in July 1986,[6] along with several other local stations on the line under British Rail. Goods traffic was handled at the station until 1964, with sidings at the southern end serving the nearby Horton Quarry continuing in use until the early 1980s. These were removed after the station signal box was decommissioned in 1986, but plans to reinstate them (as was done at nearby Arcow Quarry in 2016) are currently under consideration.


As the station does not have a footbridge, the platforms are linked by a foot crossing (known in railway terms as a barrow crossing).[7] Both platforms are lower than standard (though the southbound one has been partially raised to improve access to trains); there is no step-free access.[8] Train running information is available via telephone and timetable posters, with digital PIS displays also now available following a rolling upgrade programme of station facilities by operator Northern.

The station is also to receive a new footbridge in the coming year (as announced in March 2020), thanks to a £1.9 million scheme funded jointly by Network Rail and the government. This will see a fully accessible footbridge (complete with lifts) installed to replace the current barrow crossing.[9] The bridge will also allow a scheme to relay the former quarry sidings (to permit Horton quarry to dispatch its stone by rail once more) to proceed.


There are about one train every two hours in each direction: southbound to Leeds (seven in total) and northbound to Carlisle (eight, plus one evening train that terminates at Ribblehead). The total is slightly unbalanced as some trains do not stop here. There is an extra train to Leeds on Saturdays, whilst there are five trains a day to both Leeds and Carlisle on Sundays (one of the former now continues to Nottingham).[10]


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.


  1. ^ Butt, p. 123
  2. ^ Butt, p. 123
  3. ^ "Notes by the Way". Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald. British Newspaper Archive. 1 November 1884. Retrieved 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Horton-in-Ribblesdale". Settle-Carlisle Railway. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Kevin Law (2003-2006). "Helwith Bridge to Horton in Ribblesdale". The Settle & Carlisle Railway. Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "Settle - Carlisle Line Key Events". Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  7. ^ "SCRCA structure 242490: Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station - Barrow Crossing & PROW (footpath) | SCRCA". scrca.foscl.org.uk. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station Information Northern station page; Retrieved 25 November 2016
  9. ^ "Horton Station to get £1.9m bridge" Mason, V Telegraph & Argus news article, 12 March 2020; Retrieved 22 April 2020
  10. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2019; Table 42

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