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High Cup Nick, walks in the northern dales starting at Appleby Station.

Ana Cross on the North York Moors, subject of coach walks catering for all grades of walkers.

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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)



9 June 2021

Details of our members only Thursday walks for July, August and September 2021 have now been added to the Members section. From now on, only Saturday walks will continue to be shown in this News section, until the full walks programme is resumed. Lake District and Thursday walks will be displayed in the Members section.


6 June 2021 (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 numbers are restricted to a maximum of 30 participants.

- There is no need to book in advance.

- Contact details (current telephone number) must be provided to the walk leader on the day.

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

12 June
Menston Circular
via Burley Moor, Carr Bottom Reservoir, Old Wood, Hawksworth Moor, Gill Beck and High Royds Farm
Meet at Menston Railway Station at 10.00 am 9.5 miles Moderate

It is anticipated that Saturday walks will continue on a weekly basis and Thursday walks on a monthly basis until the full walks programme can be resumed. Subject to confirmation of the Government's road map, this is likely to be July at the earliest. Updated details will be posted here in due course.


30 May 2021 - Lake District Walks to resume from 30 June 2021

Walks are reserved for members of Friends of DalesRail and further details can be found in the Members section.

All walks are circular. Leaders will send out by email more details about the route, exact meeting time and place. If you would like to join us and are not currently on our mailing list for the Lakes walks, please contact Merrilyn Hall by text or phone.

Due to possible coronavirus restrictions, there will be no formal car share arrangements. However, in order to reduce the number of vehicles needing to be parked, any voluntary private arrangements which can be made would be helpful. Starts of walks have been chosen keeping in mind the capacity of car parks.

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


18 May 2021

Anyone interested in joining us can now become a member online, by filling in our New membership application form.


21 April 2021

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter (June 2021) to the editor, Jane Coupe, as soon as possible, but no later than 4 June 2021.


4 March 2021

The February 2021 newsletter has now been issued to all members by post or email as appropriate.


23 January 2021 - Members' Holidays Announcement (updated item)

The Bishop Auckland weekend, due to take place on 26 to 29 March 2021 has been cancelled. We have asked the hotel to re-arrange it for the same weekend next year. All deposits paid will be refunded.

The summer holiday at Kingussie on 28 May to 4 June has been re-arranged for the same time next year, leaving on Friday 27 May 2022. The hotel is undergoing a partial refurbishment and the price has gone up from £395 to £399 per person. The single person supplement remains the same £56. More details will appear in a forthcoming newsletter.

At present the September weekend at Langdale Youth Hostel and the October holiday to Dovedale, Derbyshire are still planned to go ahead.

24 November 2020

As our Annual General Meeting has been postponed until 2021, please click here to view our accounts for the financial year 2019-20 and our five year trends. (PDF file, 701 KB)

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