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Pen-y Ghent, reached from Horton or Ribblehead.

Nine Standards, at the end of Mallerstang Edge. Reached from Garsdale or Kirkby Stephen. Very atmospheric if the weather allows you to see them! A venue mainly for strenuous walks.

Top Withins from Pennine Way, visited on Calderdale walks and members’ walks on Thursdays.



Members Events and information

The events detailed within this section are for members only. They cover a wider range of walking areas than our guided walks for the general public.

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As a reminder, the following establishments now offer discounts to Friends of DalesRail members on production of their membership cards.

Chevin Trek, Otley
- Tel: 01943 851166
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Cotswold Outdoors, Harrogate
- Tel: 01423 701100
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Cotswold Outdoor, Core Shopping Centre, Leeds
- Tel: 0113 245 0879
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Nevisport Outdoor Clothing
- Tel: 01397 704 921
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Discount code for members - please see the February 2017 newsletter or ask a member of the FDR committee
Please click here to see their walking gear range

The list of those establishments which offer discounts will be updated here.

About Members Events

FDR has a history and culture of coach excursions, weekend short breaks and week long holidays. These date back to when our organisation was founded in 1980 and the DalesRail fully integrated town and bus service, operated only on summer weekends once a month. To hold the membership together and provide the opportunity for collective walking as a group. Coach excursions were scheduled as once per month events in winter and in the summer, once per month on a weekend when DalesRail did not operate.

When the Settle/Carlisle line was finally reprieved from closure in 1989 and a regular year round passenger service was established, we saw no reason why activities which had given so much pleasure to members and had transported them to areas not accessible by train, should be suspended. The programme of events was merely adjusted to avoid a clash of activities. Regretfully, for administrative and logistical purposes, these elements of our events have to be restricted to members of the organisation.

The coach trips, which were held monthly on Sundays, covered almost anywhere within a 2 hour coach trip of Leeds. We regularly visited areas such as the North Pennines, the Lake District, Derbyshire, Lancashire and the North York Moors and Coast.

The weekend and longer holiday trips use either hotel or youth hostel accommodation and have previously included visits to Scotland, Wales and Ireland. There will normally be at least three grades of walk put on each day. Details of future trips can be found in the Holidays section.

Other forthcoming trips and activities are listed below - you can also find detailed information in the Past Events section.

Thursday Midweek Walks

for members only

First Thursday of each month

One walk only - 10/12 miles - moderate



7 September 2017 Thorner to Wetherby
Meet at Mexborough Pub, Thorner (bus back to Thorner)
5 October 2017 Hebden Bridge Circular
Meet at Hebden Bridge Train Station
2 November 2017 Haworth Circular
Meet at Haworth Visitor Centre
7 December 2017 Ilkley Circular
Meet at Ilkley Train Station

Please telephone Val Stoneman on 0113 242 0018 for further details

Lake District Walks

for members only


Midweek April to October - one strenuous walk




Thursday 21 September Armboth and Bleaberry Fell
Start from Thirlmere
Tuesday 17 October 2017 Steel Fell and Fairfield
Start from Grasmere

Please telephone Alan Kemmenoe on 07933 294740 for further details

Other Events

for members only



Monday 27 March 2017 Leaders and Backups Meeting
The Grove Inn, Leeds, 7.15 pm


Sunday 26 November 2017 Annual General Meeting
Black Horse, Skipton

Please see the members' Newsletter or

Telephone Diane Taylor on 0113 293 1924 for further details