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

Ana Cross on the North York Moors, subject of coach walks catering for all grades of walkers.

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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)



27 May 2018 - Friends of DalesRail reach the very top!

On Wednesday 23 May, during the members' holiday in Fort William, Scotland, 11 of our strenuous walkers successfully reached the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, at 1345 metres (4411 feet).


13 May 2018 - Changes to times of train walks from 26 May 2018 (updated item)

Following the introduction of the new rail timetables on 20 May 2018, the train times for most of our walks have now been changed and are different to the ones printed in the December 2017 to June 2018 (lilac coloured) Guided Walks leaflet. The majority of walks will be from the 0919 Leeds to Carlisle train, but some walks will be from other trains, so please read the information in our Train Walks section carefully, which has now been updated with the revised details.

Full details of our guided walks for the public from July through to the end of the year have now been added to the Train Walks section and a new Guided Walks leaflet will be available in due course.


10 May 2018

A selection of photo from last month's Lake District walks to Swindale and to Ullock Pike & Skiddaw can be accessed in the Past Events (Other Events) 2018 section.


8 May 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 the Northern Rail website (click here to view) 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 7 May until Sunday 15 July 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.

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, 1.9 MB)



2 April 2018

The next edition of the members' newsletter will be published in May. Please send any articles or submissions to the editor, Penny Smith as soon as possible, but no later than 8 May 2018.

23 March 2018

A selection of photos from the recent members' holiday in Arnside, Cumbria can be accessed on the Holidays 2018 page.

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.

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.


News Archives (Microsoft Word documents)