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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)


A revised rail timetable (including some replacement buses) is currently in operation between Appleby and Carlisle due to ongoing repair works to the railway because of a landslip near Armathwaite.
MOST OF OUR WALKS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THIS, but details of any changes will be
be posted here.
Please click here for details of the Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket


19 March 2017 - Train Walk Updates for Saturday 25 March

Clitheroe to Sawley (easy) walk

For the outward bus journey walkers should catch the 280 Clitheroe/Preston bus, departing from the main road outside Skipton rail station at 1017 (or Skipton bus station at 1015). Please book to Clitheroe Interchange and alight there, where your leaders will meet you.

For those not entitled to free bus travel, please purchase an EasiDay Gold ticket from the bus driver, which costs £6.80 and will cover both the outward and return bus journeys.

Skipton to Grassington (strenuous) walk

Walkers (especially those under pensionable age) may save money on the overall travel costs 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 any of these DalesBus services:

- 72, 72R and X43 between Skipton and Grassington
- 74 between Ilkley, Bolton Abbey and Grassington (Saturdays only)
- 75 between Skipton and Malham (Saturdays only)
- 873, 884 between Ilkley, Skipton and Malham (Sundays and Bank Holidays only)
- 874 between Ilkley, Grassington and Buckden (Sundays and Bank Holidays only)

Dales Rambler 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.


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.


24 January 2017 - Members Events Update

Please note that the date of the Leaders and Backups Meeting at the Grove Inn, Leeds has now been changed to Monday 27 March 2017 at 7.15 pm.


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.

24 November 2016

Would members please send any contributions for the next newsletter to Penny Smith as soon as possible, but no later than 6 February 2017.

9 November 2016 - Keswick Holiday Weekend 17-20 March 2017


There are still places available on this holiday in double and twin rooms at a package cost of £215, see October newsletter and the Holidays section of this website for more details. The closing date for bookings is Saturday 26 November but I will accept booking forms with deposit cheque handed to me at the Annual General Meeting on 27 November in Skipton. Bookings are faster by going online and paying by bank transfer, see the booking form in the October Newsletter enclosures for details.

Walking in the Lake District offers the most spectacular scenery in the whole of England in my opinion and Keswick is a delightful market town with boat trips available on Derwent Water nearby, so go for it, have a break.

(Alan Kemmenoe)

5 November 2016 - Winter Rail Travel Offers on the Settle Carlisle and Bentham Lines

Details of this winter's offers are now available. Please check the details carefully as the two offers are quite different and some dates are excluded.

Dales Railcard holders - Please click here for full details (external website link)

West Yorkshire Metro and Mcard holders - Please click here for full details (external website link)

Please note that in some cases the Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket (see news item 18 May below) or the Northern Rail Unlimited Travel Offer (when available) may work out cheaper!

17 October 2016 (amended item)

The October newsletter has now been distributed to members by post and email. The email version has been distributed as a PDF file on this occasion. If any members would prefer this as a Word Document instead (in order to complete the booking forms online), please contact either Penny Smith as soon as possible at penelopesmith@me.com or Elizabeth Myers.

Please send any articles or information for the next edition (Jan/Feb 2017) to Penny Smith as soon as possible.

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.

24 September 2016 - Events Update 2017

The programme of mid-week Lake District members' walks for 2017 has now been finalised and details can be seen in the Members section.

21 September 2016

The members' coach walk programme has now been cancelled for the remainder of this year and we will not be running the monthly coach walk trips in 2017.

30 June 2016 - Holidays 2017

The dates and website links for our 3 main members' holidays for 2017 can now be seen in the Holidays section. Further details and booking forms will be available in future editions of the members' newsletter.

18 May 2016


As of Sunday 15 May 2016, a Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket is now available, which can reduce the cost of travel for many journeys on the Settle Carlisle line. The offer is being introduced to encourage people to travel on the world-famous railway, which remains open while essential repairs are carried out between Appleby and Carlisle in Cumbria.

The ticket will allow travel from any station between Leeds, or Bradford Forster Square, to Appleby (via Settle) and onwards to Carlisle using the connecting replacement bus service from Appleby. The ticket will be valid for one day, with no time restrictions. It will allow passengers to get on and off the train as they wish, travelling in any direction. Priced at £15.00 for adults and £7.50 for children, this represents great value – and railcard holders (including the local Dales Railcard) will be eligible for a further 1/3 discount.

The essential engineering work is taking place at Eden Brows, near Armathwaite in Cumbria’s Eden Valley. During the severe winter storms, a massive landslip occurred which caused damage to the track. The remote location, the size of the landslide and the difficult terrain mean that this is a major project which will take several months to be completed by Network Rail.

The offer will be a fantastic opportunity for people from West Yorkshire to explore the Yorkshire Dales and beyond at a great price. It will also benefit the local residents along the line with a great value fare to Leeds and Bradford in the south and Carlisle in the north.

The Day Ranger ticket can be purchased at any staffed station ticket office, or from the guard on the train.

(Source: Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company)



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