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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
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The RMT union is planning strike action on
the railways for on Friday 28 April 2017, which will require
a revised timetable to be operated on Northern train services
that day. This means that our two walks on this date - which
form part of the ride2stride
walking festival are subject to modification or
cancellation. Please check back here nearer the time for
click here to view information about the industrial
action on Northern
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.
17 April 2017 - Train
Walk Update for Saturday 22 April
Additional information from the leader (Stuart
The moderate walk from Walsden via the Todmorden
Centenary Way will now finish at Portsmouth (and pub) instead
of Cornholme. Bus back to Todmorden. The leader will board
the train at Todmorden for Walsden (ETA 1028 hrs).
10 April 2017 - Coming soon: 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)
6 March 2017 - Hereford Holiday Update
A MESSAGE FROM THE HOLIDAY BOOKINGS CO-ORDINATOR
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 email@example.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.
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
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
18 May 2016
SETTLE CARLISLE LINE DAY RANGER TICKET
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 Cumbrias 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
(Source: Settle-Carlisle Railway Development