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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)



27 September 2020 - Walks to resume on a limited basis (updated item)

Although our main walks programme remains suspended, the committee has now agreed to resume walks on a limited basis with restricted numbers for FDR members only subject to the following conditions:

- These walks are open to FDR members only and places must be booked in advance.

- Bookings can be made by email only to fdrwalkbookings@mail.com no earlier than the dates specified below.

- Except for couples, only one person can book per email.

- Contact details (current telephone number) must be provided upon booking.

- You will be notified by email as soon as possible whether you have been allocated a place.  

- Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 2 separate groups of 6 people, including a leader in each group and the two groups must not meet up.

- Booked participants should make their way to the start point of the walk. If travelling by public transport, please check if any local travel restrictions apply.

- Social distancing must be maintained at all times on the walk.

- Participants should comply with any Covid restrictions in their own area which could affect them joining a walk.

Full details for the walks are as follows:

1 October
Skipton Circular
Bookings accepted from 27 September

Meet at Skipton Railway Station 10.00 am
11 miles moderate
10 October

Gargrave Circular
via Hetton, Rylstone and Flasby

Bookings accepted from 3 October

Meet at car park behind the Black Swan (grid ref SD 932 243) 10.00 am

10.5 miles moderate

It is anticipated that Saturday walks will then continue on a fortnightly basis, plus any other dates to be announced. Further details about the resumption of members' Thursday walks will be posted here in due course.


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.



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.


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:


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


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


24 March 2020 - 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


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