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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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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 coach trips ceased in 2016.

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.

Our other forthcoming walks and activities are listed below - you can find details of previous trips 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


Thursday 3 February
Garforth Railway Station
Thursday 3 March
Penistone Hill Country Park, near Haworth
Thursday 7 April
Carleton, near Skipton
Thursday 5 May
Shepley Railway Station, near Huddersfield
Thursday 9 June
Ripley (2nd Thursday due to FDR holiday)
Thursday 7 July
Thursday 4 August
Greenfield Railway Station
Thursday 1 September
Brighouse Railway Station
Thursday 6 October
Denby Dale Railway Station
Thursday 3 November

Thursday 1 December

Ilkley Railway Station


For further information, please contact Lynn Saleh on 07887 954 839


Lake District Walks

for members only





Monday 25 April Howgills - Sedbergh moderate/strenuous
Thursday 19 May Ghyll Foot strenuous
Wednesday 8 June Cow Bridge car park moderate/strenuous
Wednesday 6 July Howgills - Ravenstonedale village strenuous
Thursday 18 August Brotherswater car park moderate/strenuous
Tuesday 20 September Gatesgarth strenuous
Tuesday 11 October Rosthwaite moderate/strenuous


For further information, please contact Merrilyn Hall on 07807 200 517

Other Events

for members only



November 2022

Annual General Meeting
To be confirmed

Please see the members' Newsletter or

Telephone Diane Taylor on 0113 293 1924 for further details