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Pen-y Ghent, reached from Horton or Ribblehead.

Nine Standards, at the end of Mallerstang Edge. Reached from Garsdale or Kirkby Stephen. Very atmospheric if the weather allows you to see them! A venue mainly for strenuous walks.

Top Withins from Pennine Way, visited on Calderdale walks and members’ walks on Thursdays.



Members Events and information

The events detailed within this section are for members only. They cover a wider range of walking areas than our guided walks for the general public.

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The following establishment offers discounts to Friends of DalesRail members on production of a membership card.

Nevisport Outdoor Clothing - Tel: 01397 704 921
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Discount code for members - please see your 2017/18 membership card
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About Members Events

FDR has a history and culture of coach excursions, weekend short breaks and week long holidays. These date back to when our organisation was founded in 1980 and the DalesRail fully integrated town and bus service, operated only on summer weekends once a month. These were to hold the membership together and provide the opportunity for collective walking as a group. Coach excursions were scheduled as once per month events in winter and in the summer, once per month on a weekend when DalesRail did not operate.

When the Settle/Carlisle line was finally reprieved from closure in 1989 and a regular year round passenger service was established, we saw no reason why activities which had given so much pleasure to members and had transported them to areas not accessible by train, should be suspended. The programme of events was merely adjusted to avoid a clash of activities. Regretfully, for administrative and logistical purposes, these elements of our events have to be restricted to members of the organisation.

The coach trips, which were held monthly on Sundays, covered almost anywhere within a 2 hour coach trip of Leeds. We regularly visited areas such as the North Pennines, the Lake District, Derbyshire, Lancashire and the North York Moors and Coast.

The weekend and longer holiday trips use either hotel or youth hostel accommodation and have previously included visits to Scotland, Wales and Ireland. There will normally be at least three grades of walk put on each day. Details of future trips can be found in the Holidays section.

Other forthcoming trips and activities are listed below - you can also find detailed information in the Past Events section.

Thursday Midweek Walks

for members only

First Thursday of each month

One walk only - 10/12 miles - moderate

ALL MEET AT 10.00 AM unless otherwise stated


5th March 2020 Chatburn Circular
Meet at church in centre of Chatburn, Lancashire
2nd April 2020 Mirfield Circular
Meet at Mirfield railway station. SE 203196
7th May 2020 Penistone Circular
Meet at Penistone railway station
11th June 2020 Silsden Circular
Meet at Steeton and Silsden railway station
2nd July 2020 Marsden Circular
Meet at Marsden railway station
6th August 2020 Littleborough Circular
Meet at Littleborough railway station
3rd September 2020 Ripley Circular
Meet at Ripley free car park
1st October 2020 Hebden Bridge Circular
Meet at Hebden Bridge railway station.
5 November 2020 Grassington Circular
Meet at NP car park in Grassington
3 December 2020 Harrogate Circular
Meet at Harrogate railway station.


Please telephone Lynn Saleh on 01274 724888 for further details

Lake District Walks

for members only


Unless otherwise stipulated by the walk leader, the car share meeting place will be at Gargrave Car Park at 8.00 am

If you wish to join the car share at Giggleswick station at 8.15 am, please contact the walk leader in advance


23 April 2020
High or low route depending on the weather
Meet at St Mary’s church car park (or Sadgill if few cars) OL7. GR 502 029 Moderate/Strenuous
20 May 2020
Base Brown and Great Gable Seathwaite Farm Strenuous
10 June 2020
Mardale Head Circular
via High Street, Kidsty Pike
Car park at the far end of Haweswater Moderate/Strenuous
18 June 2020
Elterwater Circular
via Skelwith bridge, Black Fell, Holme Fell,
Lingmoor Fell
Elterwater NT car park Strenuous
3 July 2020
Train Walk
Times and route to be notified when new timetables are available Moderate/Strenuous
22 July 2020
Dockray Circular
via Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Sty Barrow Dodd, Hartside
To be confirmed Strenuous
3 August 2020
Rydal Circular
via Fairfield
Car park off the A591. OL7. GR 352 065 Moderate/Strenuous
20 August 2020
Martindale Circular
via High Raise, Rest Dodd, Beda Head
To be confirmed Strenuous
4 September 2020
Rosthwaite Circular
via Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Honister
To be confirmed Moderate/Strenuous
17 September 2020
Greenburn NT Estate Circular 1.5 miles north of Grasmere, GR 332 096 Strenuous
1 October 2020
Brotherswater Circular To be confirmed Strenuous


Please telephone Merrilyn Hall on 07807 200 517 for further details


Other Events

for members only



Sunday 8 March 2020

Leaders Meeting and First Aid for Walkers
at Swadford Hall opposite Boyes in Skipton
Open invitation to all members
Leaders meeting from 12.30. Course starts at 1.30
Tea and coffee provided, please bring your own lunch

Please click here to download a booking form


Sunday 29 November 2020

Annual General Meeting
Details to be confirmed



Please see the members' Newsletter or

Telephone Diane Taylor on 0113 293 1924 for further details