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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Restoration Man's Best Builds

In last night's programme on Channel 4 Restoration Man George Clarke was generous enough to describe our tower as

"One of the greatest restoration projects I have ever seen"

Thank you George for those words from somebody who sees a lot of restoration projects.

The place continues to give us great pleasure, satisfaction and an ongoing sense of achievement.

The programme can be seen again at

Monday, 4 May 2015

God's County

This appears on Twitter from the Yorkshire Three Peaks and I could not resist dropping it in here:

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It shows Ingleborough through one of the lower arches of the Ribblehead Viaduct.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Shades of Green

Our garden is emerging from what in today's jargon must be a brown field site.   I wandered round it in today's evening sunshine and reflected on our plans for the gardens, commissioned conscientiously at an expense we could ill afford and rejected out of hand by the planners.   They even threatened criminal prosecution.

Well, basking in the sunshine after a day of miserable weather is the mess we have made of it.

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It is barely spring and the garden will soon burst into life and colour, ready for the Settle Open Gardens weekend later in the year.

It's in The Radio Times so It Must be On on Wednesday

The Restoration Man


The Restoration Man: Best Builds: Towers


George Clarke looks back at four of the most dramatic tower conversions from the show. A pair of railway enthusiasts took on a derelict water tower on the Settle to Carlisle line, while a couple battled illness to turn a Georgian windmill into a family home. There's also another chance to see how a 17th-century fortified structure in Scotland and a Grade II-listed water tower near Congleton in Cheshire were transformed.



George Clarke


Lawrence Walford
Executive Producer
Lionel Mill


Saturday, 2 May 2015

Ribblehead Railcam

We are embarked on an exciting project to provide four web cameras along the Settle-Carlisle line.

The first has been installed on the station master's house at Ribblehead and the imagaes - and sound - are stunning.

Ribblehead Railcam

Click on the link and make sure your sound is switched on.   Click on the arrows on the bottom right of the image to go to full screen for a real-time full HD image.

The other three cameras will be at Settle, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen stations.

This s a joint enterprise between the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and