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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)



9 July 2017 - £10 Special Offer Extended to 16 July 2017

Due to the recent industrial action, Northern Rail's Unlimited Travel Offer for £10 for a day or £17.50 for a weekend has now been extended to Sunday 16 July 2017. Please see the news item below dated 6 May 2017 for further details about the offer.


4 July 2017 - Train Walks Update for Saturday 8 July 2017

Due to industrial action by Northern Railways staff, the following changes will apply to our walks on this date:

Gargrave to Cracoe easy walk - this walk will go ahead but will be from the 0825 Leeds to Skipton train, which is due to arrive in Skipton at 0910. Participants should then catch the 0950 bus replacement service to Gargrave from where the walk will commence at approx 1005. Return will be by service bus from Cracoe to Skipton.

Moderate/strenuous walk - the orginally scheduled Kirkby Stephen Circular walk is now cancelled and is replaced by the following walk, also from the 0825 Leeds to Skipton train:

*** Skipton Circular via Embsay and Draughton - 10 to 12 miles moderate - Book, alight and return Skipton ***

Please click here for more details about the industrial action from Northern Rail, including temporary timetables and information about connecting services (external website link).


22 June 2017

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 2017.


5 June 2017 - Train Walk Upate for Saturday 10 June (Garsdale Circular)

Additional information from the leader (Bill H):

Please note that in view of some steep short sections which we shall encounter on part of the Pennine Bridleway this walk should be regarded as 'easy/moderate' rather than just 'easy'.


29 May 2017

The May 2017 newsletter has now been published and is currently being distributed to members by post and email.

8 May 2017

Please click here to view a short YouTube video of selected highlights from the recent ride2stride walking festival (external website link)


6 May 2017 (amended item)


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 16 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.

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)

28 April 2017 - Striding On: 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)


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


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.



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