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This page gives the latest news that may affect any of our activities - such as additional events, website updates, changes to our published programme, or problems with the trains we are using.

News items are retained on this page for up to 6 months, but may be removed/updated earlier than this, depending on their relevance. All older and removed items can still be viewed in the News Archives (see link below)


19 April 2017

The RMT union is planning strike action on the railways for on Friday 28 April 2017, which will require a revised timetable to be operated on Northern train services that day. This means that our two walks on this date - which form part of the ride2stride walking festival are subject to modification or cancellation. Please check back here nearer the time for further updates.

Please click here to view information about the industrial action on Northern Railways website.


18 April 2017

A selection of photos from the Kirkby Stephen Circular train walk via Wild Boar Fell and Mallerstang Valley on 15 April can now be accessed in the Past Events (Train Walks) 2017 section.


17 April 2017 - Train Walk Update for Saturday 22 April

Additional information from the leader (Stuart B):

The moderate walk from Walsden via the Todmorden Centenary Way will now finish at Portsmouth (and pub) instead of Cornholme. Bus back to Todmorden. The leader will board the train at Todmorden for Walsden (ETA 1028 hrs).


10 April 2017 - Coming soon: ride2stride Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival: 25 April to 1 May 2017 (amended item)

Mainland Britain's Best Walking Festival is Back - Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Recently named mainland Britain's best walking festival by The Telegraph, ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line - hikers can join in the celebrations of the reopening of the full length of the world-famous Settle-Carlisle Railway Line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, you'll have a great time.

Friends of DalesRail are leading several of the walks in this Festival - please click here for details

For the full Festival programme, please click here (external website link)

To view publicity shots and photos by John Wood of last year's festival, please click here (external website link)


6 March 2017 - Hereford Holiday Update


Bookings for the Hereford holiday are low and unless we get about six more to book, it is likely that it will have to be cancelled. The holiday is about half full or half empty depending on your outlook on life but if you value the FDR holidays then please book now, we do not want the holidays to follow the demise of the coach walks just yet.

If you wish to book, do not use the newsletter booking forms (sent by post or email) but instead send me an email to alan.kemmenoe@gmail.com and I will send a revised booking form by return, please state whether you want to pay monies by cheque or bank transfer. Closing date has been extended to Saturday 18th March when some of us will be at Keswick.

(Alan Kemmenoe)


19 February 2017

The February newsletter has now been distributed to members by post and email. Please send any articles or information for the next edition (Summer 2017) to Penny Smith as soon as possible.

16 January 2017

A selection of photos from the Bingley Circular Thursday walk on 5 January and the Annual Dinner at Settle on 7 January can now be accessed in the Past Events (Other Events) 2017 and Past Events (Train Walks) 2017 sections respectively.

15 January 2017 (updated item)

A revised edition of the Train Walks programme leaflet covering January to June 2017 (green cover) has now been published and is available from the usual outlets. Any copies of the earlier edition (blue cover) should now be discarded as this is now superseded by the revised edition.

Please note the following late alterations which have not been incorporated into either the revised leaflet or the members calendar:

18 February - the easy Harrogate line train walk is a Ripon Circular (not Ripley, as originally advertised) - all other details are unchanged.

4 March - the strenuous Morecambe line walk will now be from Wennington to Bentham (the route has been reversed from the one originally advertised). Book and alight Wennington: return Bentham.

18 December 2016 - Events Update 2017 (amended item)

This website has now been updated with our programme of guided train walks for the public up to June 2017 - full details can be found in the Train Walks section.

16 October 2016 - Events Update 2017

The programme of mid-week Thursday walks for members for 2017 has now been finalised and details can be seen in the Members section.

18 May 2016


As of Sunday 15 May 2016, a Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket is now available, which can reduce the cost of travel for many journeys on the Settle Carlisle line. The offer is being introduced to encourage people to travel on the world-famous railway, which remains open while essential repairs are carried out between Appleby and Carlisle in Cumbria.

The ticket will allow travel from any station between Leeds, or Bradford Forster Square, to Appleby (via Settle) and onwards to Carlisle using the connecting replacement bus service from Appleby. The ticket will be valid for one day, with no time restrictions. It will allow passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction. Priced at £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children, this represents great value – and railcard holders (including the local Dales Railcard) will be eligible for a further 1/3 discount.

The essential engineering work is taking place at Eden Brows, near Armathwaite in Cumbria’s Eden Valley. During the severe winter storms, a massive landslip occurred which caused damage to the track. The remote location, the size of the landslide and the difficult terrain mean that this is a major project which will take several months to be completed by Network Rail.

The offer will be a fantastic opportunity for people from West Yorkshire to explore the Yorkshire Dales and beyond at a great price. It will also benefit the local residents along the line with a great value fare to Leeds and Bradford in the south and Carlisle in the north.

The Day Ranger ticket can be purchased at any staffed station ticket office, or from the guard on the train.

(Source: Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company)



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