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to our published programme, or problems with the trains we
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May 2017 - Train Walk Updates for Saturday 27 May (amended
SKIPTON TO THORNTON EASY/MODERATE WALK
- Additional information from the leader (Jack W):
This walk will now finish at Thornton-in-Craven
instead of the originally advertised finish at Earby. There
is no need for participants to bring lunch as this will
be provided by the leader, but it will be a late-ish lunch,
so please bring a mid morning snack.
GRASSINGTON CIRCULAR MODERATE WALK
- Additional information from the leader (Stuart B):
A steady moderate walk that includes an informative
guided traverse of the Grassington Out Moor mine field.
NO DOGS please.
No.72 bus out from Skipton (0945 from bus
station and 0950 from train station). Arriving Grassington
National Park Centre at 1019.
Leader will meet group off the bus at the
National Park Information Centre.
8 May 2017
click here to view a short YouTube video of selected
highlights from the recent ride2stride walking festival
(external website link)
UNLIMITED RAIL TRAVEL WITH NORTHERN RAIL
FOR £10 PER PERSON FOR A DAY OR £17.50 FOR A
From Monday 8 May 2017, Northern Rail and
Johnston Press are running a flat fare special offer for
a day's travel anywhere on the Northern
Rail Network for £10 (£5 for children,
no other further discounts). A weekend ticket for £17.50
(£8.25 for children) is also available. To qualify
you have to collect two coupons from any of a number Johnston
Press newspapers, who publish a number of titles including
the Yorkshire Evening Post and several titles in Yorkshire
and Lancashire. The tokens should be printed in the newspapers
until Friday 19 May. You need to download the form on the
Northern Rail website and you can then buy up to four Northern
Rail Day Ranger tickets from any staffed rail station within
the Northern Network.
The offer runs from Monday 8 May until Sunday
9 July 2017 (excluding 27 May to 4 June inclusive) and is
not limited to the Settle-Carlisle line, but it is restricted
to services operated by Northern Rail. All Friends of DalesRail
train walks during this special offer period can be accessed
from Leeds using Northern Rail trains only.
click here for full details of the offer, including the
list of qualifying newspapers to obtain tokens (external
click here to view the Northern Rail Network Map
(PDF file, 511KB)
28 April 2017 - Striding On: ride2stride
Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival: 25 April to 1 May 2017
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
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)
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.
6 March 2017 - Hereford Holiday Update
A MESSAGE FROM THE HOLIDAY BOOKINGS CO-ORDINATOR
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 email@example.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.
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
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
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
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