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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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The following establishment offers discounts to Friends of DalesRail members on production of a membership card.

Nevisport Outdoor Clothing - Tel: 01397 704 921
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Discount code for members - please see your 2017/18 membership card
Please click here to see their walking gear range


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. These were 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

ALL MEET AT 10.00 AM unless otherwise stated


3 October 2019 Micklefield Circular
Meeting point Micklefield Railway Station SE 444 327
7 November 2019 Shipley Circular
Meeting point Shipley Railway Station
5 December 2019 Ilkley Circular
Meeting point Ilkley Railway Station

Please telephone Lynn Saleh on 01274 724888 for further details

Lake District Walks

for members only


Unless otherwise stipulated by the walk leader, the car share meeting place will be at Gargrave Car Park at 8.00 am

If you wish to join the car share at Giggleswick station at 8.15 am, please contact the walk leader in advance


21 September
Roman High Street
approx. 30 kms
*** Updated Details ***
Drive to Oxenholme, train to Penrith, minibus to Askham. Train back from Windermere. Please contact Tony Smare at tony.smare@btinternet.com for more information regarding transport and to book a place on the minibus.
23 October 2019
Troutbeck Circular:
Limefitt, Hagg Gill, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Beacon, Stony Cove Pike
Troutbeck, Church bridge Strenuous

Please telephone Merrilyn Hall on 07807 200 517 for further details


Other Events

for members only



Sunday 24 November 2019

Annual General Meeting
at the Black Horse Hotel, Skipton
Further details will be in the October 2019 Newsletter




Please see the members' Newsletter or

Telephone Diane Taylor on 0113 293 1924 for further details