24 November 2020
As our Annual General Meeting has been postponed
please click here to view our accounts for the financial
year 2019-20 and our five year trends. (PDF file,
18 November 2020
The November newsletter has now been issued
to members via post and email.
31 October 2020 -
the Prime Minister's latest announcement on Covid19 precautions,
all walks, including the limited programme for members only,
have now been cancelled until further notice.
8 October 2020
The October members' weekend in Llanberis,
North Wales has now been cancelled. Booked members will
be contacted individually about refunds.
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
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
March 2020 - Dovedale and Scotland holidays rescheduled
A message from the holiday organiser:
INFORMATION REGARDING HOLIDAY BOOKINGS
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
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.
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
Travel companies are not refunding but giving
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
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
Sue, Paul, Martin & Alan S
24 March 2020 - Important
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