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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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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



3 January 2019 Golden Acre Circular
Meeting point SE 266 418 Car park
7 February 2019 Bramham Park Circular
Meeting point SE 433 374 Main Street Aberford
7 March 2019 Settle Circular
Meeting point Settle Railway Station
4 April 2019 Greenfield Circular
Meeting point Greenfield Railway Station
9 May 2019 Ripley Circular
Meeting point Ripley free car park
6 June 2019 Hebden Bridge Circular
Meeting point Hebden Bridge Railway Station
11 July 2019 Knaresborough Circular
Meeting point Knaresborough Railway Station
1 August 2019 Marsden Circular
Meeting point Marsden Railway Station
5 September 2019 Todmorden Circular
Meeting point Todmorden Railway Station
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



25 April
Lingmoor Fell, Little Langdale Walthwaite Bottom car park. Grid ref 329051 Moderate/Strenuous
8 May
Bow Fell and Rossett Pike Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale Strenuous
7 June
Hardknott Pass, Border End, Harter Fell, Green Crag
Hardknott Pass. Grid ref 232015 Strenuous
17 June
Low Pike, High Pike, Scandale Pass, Red Screes Ambleside, Rydal Rd car park Moderate/Strenuous
18 July
Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, Sergeant Man Grasmere Strenuous
7 August
Coniston Circular
via Wetherlam
Copper mines road, Coniston Moderate/Strenuous
22 August
Elterwater, Skelwith Bridge, Black Fell, Holme Fell, Lingmoor Fell Walthwaite Bottom car park. Grid ref 329051 Strenuous
21 September
Roman High Street
approx. 30 kms
Early S/C train to Langwathby, then private bus to Askham for start of walk to Windermere for transport home. (Awaiting timetables to plan exact return details. Halfway and bad weather escapes identified.) Strenuous
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


Date to be confirmed 2019 Leaders and Backups Meeting


Sunday 24 November 2019

Annual General Meeting
Venue details to be confirmed




Please see the members' Newsletter or

Telephone Diane Taylor on 0113 293 1924 for further details