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
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)
September 2017 - Reminder - Thursday Walk
Update for 7 September 2017
Additional information from
the leader (Sylvia):
This walk (originally Thorner
Circular) will now be done as a linear walk from Thorner
to Wetherby with a bus back to Thorner after the walk. Please
bring your bus pass, if you are entitled to concessionary
August 2017 - Reminder - Train Walk Update for Saturday
2 September 2017 - Strenuous Walk
Additional information from the leader (Paul
The strenuous walk 'Garsdale Circular via
Shunner Fell and Cotterdale' will now be done as a linear
walk of 15 miles from Garsdale station and finishing in
Hawes. Walkers will return to Garsdale station on the Little
White Bus departing Hawes at 1657 and connecting with the
1727 Leeds train. If you are not entitled to concessionary
bus travel, please purchase a ticket from the bus driver,
which costs £4.
22 August 2017 - Holidays 2018
Details of the three main members' walking
holidays for 2018 have now been added to the Holidays
section. Booking details will be issued with future editions
of the members' newsletter.
Please note that the Arnside 3 night Spring
weekend has now been brought forward from the dates advertised
in the last newsletter and will now take place from Friday
16 to Monday 19 March 2018.
Details of train walks and other events for
2018 will be added to this website in due course and will
be included in the members' 2018 Calendar available from
November upon payment of the renewal subscription.
Please send any items for inclusion in the
next members' newsletter (October 2017) to the editor, Penny
Smith, as soon as possible, but no later than 29 September
29 May 2017
The May 2017 newsletter has now been published
and is currently being distributed to members by post and
8 May 2017
click here to view a short YouTube video of selected
highlights from the recent ride2stride walking festival
(external website link)
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.
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
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