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High Cup Nick, walks in the northern dales starting at Appleby Station.

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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)



15 March 2018 - Train Walk Update for Easter Saturday 31 March

The strenuous Appleby Circular walk via High Cup Nick is likely to return to the late train to Leeds, departing Appleby at 1849.


4 March 2018 - Train Walk Update for Saturday 10 March

Walkers on the easy Threshfield to Grassington walk may save money by purchasing a combined bus/rail ticket called a Dales Rambler Day Ranger. This is a flat rate ticket priced at £12.00 (adult) and is valid for a day trip to the Dales from Leeds and Bradford and all stations on the Airedale and Wharfedale railway lines. Tickets include travel on Northern Rail services between Bradford Forster Square / Leeds and Ilkley / Skipton, and unlimited travel on various DalesBus services.

This Dales Rambler ticket will cover the both outward bus journey to Threshfield and the return journey from Grassington back to Skipton after the walk. These tickets can only be purchased at staffed railway stations or from the conductor on the train (when boarding at unstaffed stations or where the ticket office is closed). Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus.


19 February 2018 - ride2stride additional walks

The programme has now been finalised for this year's festival of walks, talks and music along the Settle-Carlisle railway line, which will take place from Tuesday 1 to Mon 7 May 2018.

Friends of DalesRail are leading a number of additional walks over and above the ones printed in our train walks programme leaflet and the members' calendar. These have now been incorporated into the events listed on our Train Walks page on this website. Please see the full ride2stride leaflet (currently available) or the ride2stride website for the full festival programme.


12 January 2018


From Monday 15 January 2018, 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 THREE tokens from qualifying Johnston Press newspapers, who publish a number of titles including the Yorkshire Evening Post and several titles in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Please see Northern's website link for details of when the tokens will be in the newspapers. 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 15 January until Sunday 25 March 2018 and is valid every day during this special offer period. The offer 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.

Please click here for full details of the offer, including the list of qualifying newspapers to obtain tokens (external web link)

Please click here to view the Northern Rail Network Map (PDF file, 511KB)


2 January 2018

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter (February 2018) to the editor, Penny Smith, as soon as possible, but no later than 10 February 2018.


22 December 2017

Details of the 2018 programme of Thursday walks have now been added to the Members Events section.


26 November 2017 - Holidays Update 2018

Details have now been confirmed for the 2018 Youth Hostel Weekend which will take place from 7 to 9 September 2018 (2 nights) at Osmotherley YHA - please see the Holidays section for further information.


13 November 2017

Full details of our programme of guided train walks for the public from January to June 2018 have now been added to the Walks section. Summary information for the whole of 2018 will be included in the members' calendar when it is issued later this month.


3 November 2017 - Winter Travel Offers Announced

Details are now available of the travel offers this winter on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and Leeds-Morecambe lines. The offers are available to Dales Railcard holders and West Yorkshire Concessionary (ENCTS) pass holders too. Please read the information carefully as the two offers are different.


The offer price has been held at last year’s rate. This winter the added benefit is that a special day ranger ticket, exclusive to Dales Railcard holders, allows travel anywhere along the route all day. The offer is available from Monday 30 October 2017 to Friday, 23 March 2018. The ticket will be valid on all trains except the Monday to Friday 0556 Carlisle to Leeds service. There is no time restriction on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Pricing for the Settle-Carlisle line is £9.00 Adult and £4.50 for up to four accompanying children. On the Bentham line, the price is £7.00 Adult and £3.50 for an accompanied child up to four. Normal conditions of travel will apply during the offer. The following dates are excluded from the promotion:

• Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 December 2017
• Sunday 3, 10, 17, 24 December 2017
• Saturday 10 February – Saturday 17 February 2018 inclusive

Please click here for further information about who is eligible to buy a Dales Railcard (external website link)


This year’s offer is for a Day Ranger valid from Leeds on the Settle-Carlisle & Bentham lines for ENCTS pass holders only. It is not available for Metrocard or MCard holders. The offer is valid from Monday 6 November 2017 through to Friday 16 March 2018 (except 12-16 February 2018 inclusive).

The cost will be £14.00 Adult and £7.00 for an accompanied child up to four. Passengers must produce a valid ENCTS pass issued by West Yorkshire Metro at the time of purchase and have this with them when traveling. The offer ticket is available with no restrictions on times of travel.

(Source: Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company)

23 October 2017

The October 2017 newsletter has now been published and distributed by post and email to members.

7 October 2017

Details of the members' Lake District strenuous and moderately/strenuous walks for 2018 have now been added to this website in the Members section.

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.




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