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Railways & Religion in the Western Dales

This ecumenical faith trail, developed through the generous support of the Cumbria Trust for Churches, encourages visitors to explore twelve varied and fascinating places of worship linked by the story of the nearby railways, including the famous Settle-Carlisle and Eden Valley lines.

The navvies who built the railways in the nineteenth century lived a dangerous life in squalid conditions, where drunkenness and violence were common.

The Methodist missions sought to bring sobriety and thus a little financial security, as well as spiritual support. Today the chapels along this trail are open for visitors to enjoy and to continue to offer space for reflection and refreshment.

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The trail map is available in print from Methodist Heritage or via Cumbria Trust for Churches at Church House, West Walls, Carlisle CA3 8UE ( or can be downloaded here.

Getting there [SD659921]
For more information about the area and to help you plan your trip, please contact Sedbergh Tourist information Centre, 72 Main Street, LA10 5AD
Tel: 015396 20125
Website: www.visit

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