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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)

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Following the advice given by the Government, I have to tell you that the FDR walks programme is suspended with immediate effect. We are really sorry that this had to happen, but these are unprecedented circumstances where lives are at stake. We need to follow the official advice to help beat this virus. As and when the situation improves so will the programme be reinstated.

Thank you for your understanding.

Rod Fall, Chairman

 

27 July 2020 - Holidays Update (amended item)

The current position is that the members' holiday to Llanberis, North Wales from 16 to 19 October 2020 is now going ahead, within Covid-19 guidelines. Full details and booking information has now been sent out to members invidually by post or email.

 

15 July 2020 - Chairman's Update

As the lockdown begins to ease I thought it would be a good time to give you an update of its effects on FDR. We are dependent on the Settle & Carlisle Railway for most of our walks, but as Northern is still only operating a restricted service with limited capacity "for essential use only", there is little chance of our walks restarting until leisure use is allowed on the trains.

In the meantime, I know many of you are still walking either alone or with a few friends or family to continue to exercise and enjoy the countryside. You can also now drive to locations further afield for a change of scenery and to make the most of this summer albeit somewhat constrained. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can reinstate our walks programme and rediscover the joys and benefits of group walking. Until then, keep fit and keep safe.

Rod

 

25 June 2020

The members' weekend at YHA Langdale, originally booked for September 2020 has now been rescheduled for 10 to 12 September 2021. Booking details will be in a future edition of the members' newsletter.

 

7 June 2020

The latest members' newsletter has now been distributed by post and email, including the latest updates about members' holidays for 2020/21.

 

13 May 2020

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter (June 2020) to the editor, Jane Coupe, as soon as possible, but no later than 17 May 2020.

 

20 April 2020 - Update

As the lockdown continues I want to let you know how we are continuing to deal with the situation. Your committee has decided to postpone the next edition of the Newsletter until at least June when hopefully we will have better news of when we can start walking again. Likewise when details are announced we tell you how the walking programme will recommence bearing in mind that initially there may well be geographical restrictions and revised train timetables.

In the meantime, stick to the government guidelines by continuing to take some form of daily exercise either walking, running or cycling. This will help to maintain your physical and mental health. To keep your mind active try taking a virtual walk and hone your map reading skills! Get out your OS map and follow a walk you know, visualising all the features you encounter along the way and remembering how enjoyable it was (apart from getting stuck in that bog!).

Keep fit and stay safe.

Rod Fall, Chairman

 

27 March 2020 - Dovedale and Scotland holidays rescheduled to 2021

A message from the holiday organiser:

INFORMATION REGARDING HOLIDAY BOOKINGS FOR DOVEDALE

HF have been keeping me up to date with the situation regarding holiday bookings that have been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

They are not making refunds but are offering credits.

So that members are not out of pocket, the Dovedale weekend that should have taken place on Friday 20th March for 3 nights has now been transferred to:

Friday 15th October 2021 for 3 nights

The same guest list will stand, but they understand that not everyone on the guest list will be available to go within the new dates.

In this case so that members don't lose money, we hope to arrange for anyone that can't go to swap with a member that can go. The new member taking someone else's place would reimburse the original member the full cost. The total cost of this weekend was £240 per person.

This is the best solution that we can manage at this moment in time.

If any of this information changes we will let you know via this website.

Stay safe.

Sue, Paul, Martin & Alan S

INFORMATION REGARDING THE CAIRNGORM TRAVEL HOLIDAY BOOKING TO KINGUSSIE, SCOTLAND

The weeks holiday to Kingussie starting on Thursday 28th May 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

Travel companies are not refunding but giving holiday credits.

This holiday has now been transferred to the same dates in 2021 at the 2020 price per person.

New date Friday 28th May 2021 for 7 nights

The same guest list will go forward to next year, but they understand that not everyone on the guest list will be available to go within the new dates. In this case, so that members don't lose money, we hope to arrange for anyone that can't go to swap
with a member who can go. The new member taking someone else's place would reimburse the original member the £50 deposit.
The total cost of the weeks holiday was £395 pp with a single room supplement of £56 for the week.

Martin managed to withdraw the balance payment before the due date.

He will be refunding the balances to all members by bank transfer where possible, failing that by cheque. He will get in touch by email. It may take him some time to complete the process.

Thank you for your patience in these difficult times.

Stay safe.

Sue, Paul, Martin & Alan S

 

18 March 2020 - Dovedale Members' Weekend Cancelled

A message from the holiday organiser:

HF Holidays has just announced that they are closing all their country houses from 20th March to 30th April 2020 so I’m afraid that the Dovedale weekend is cancelled. You can read the HF announcement at https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-advice. Sorry about this but it’s not surprising given the change in government advice on Monday. We will explore with HF the possibility of getting a refund or rescheduling the weekend.

 

17 February 2020

Minor changes to the rail timetable on some lines apply from today. In particular the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle train which is used for many of our Saturday walks will now depart from Leeds at the slightly later time of 0919 and the Leeds-Bentham-Morecambe train will now depart from Leeds at 0819.

 

25 January 2020

The leaders meeting and first aid course for walkers will be held on Sunday 8 March 2020. Further information and booking details can be found in the Members Events section.

 

14 January 2020

UNLIMITED RAIL TRAVEL WITH NORTHERN RAIL FOR £10 PER PERSON FOR A DAY OR £17.50 FOR A WEEKEND

Northern Rail and JPIMedia 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 THREE tokens from qualifying JPIMedia newspapers, who publish a number of titles including the Yorkshire Evening Post and several titles in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Please see the Northern Rail website (click here to view) for details of when the tokens will be in the newspapers.

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 20 January until Sunday 22 March 2020 and is valid every day during this special offer period. The offer is not limited to the Settle-Carlisle line, but it is restricted to services operated by Northern Rail.

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, 1.9 MB)

 

10 January 2020

All members who booked for the annual dinner on Saturday 18 January 2020 have now been allocated a place.

3 January 2020

Please send any contributions for the next members' newsletter to the editor, Jane Coupe, as soon as possible, but no later than 10 January 2020.

11 November 2019

Full details of all our public walks from January to June 2020 have now been added to the Train Walks section.

1 November 2019 - Past Events Update

A selection of photos from the recent members' weekend in Melrose can be accessed in the Past Events (Holidays 2019) section.

21 October 2019

Winter Travel Offers on the Settle/Carlisle and Morecambe lines - Details now available

The Winter Offer for Dales Rail Card holders runs from 4 November 2019 to 4 April 2020 and the Offer for West Yorkshire Concessionary Pass holders runs from 11 November 2019 to 4 April 2020.

Exclusion dates are 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 December 2019.

Please click here for further information (external website link)

16 October 2019

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter (New Year 2020) to the editor, Jane Coupe, as soon as possible, but no later than 10 January 2020.

7 October 2019 - Members Events 2020

Details of the monthly Thursday walks and Lake District walks programmes for 2020 can now be seen in the Members Events section.

5 October 2019

The October 2019 members' newsletter has recently been distributed by post and email. There have been some problems sending out the email version, so if you have not received one as expected, please contact Elizabeth Myers.

Members are requested to book for the Annual Dinner on 18 January 2020 at the Railway Hotel, Skipton as soon as possible, as places are limited and will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. Full details are in the October newsletter.

2 September 2019 - Lake District Members Walks Update

Details of changes to the Lake District walk on Saturday 21 September 2019 can now be seen in the Members Events section.


28 August 2019

A selection of photos from the recent members' Lake District walk from Elterwater can be accessed in the Past Events (Other Events) 2019 section.


11 August 2019

A selection of photos from the recent members' Lake District walk to Wetherlam can be accessed in the Past Events (Other Events) 2019 section.


25 July 2019

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter (October 2019) to the editor, Jane Coupe, as soon as possible, but no later than 19 September 2019.


21 July 2019

Details of our three main members' holidays for 2020 can now be found in the Holidays section. Booking forms will be issued with future editions of the members' newsletter.


8 July 2019

A selection of photos from the recent members' holiday in Weymouth, Dorset can be accessed in the Past Events (Holidays 2019) section.


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