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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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If you need to contact us with enquiries, particularly about our events, please use our new email address
enquiries@friendsofdalesrail.org
This is monitored by the Events Secretary (Diane) and the Website Editor (Philip) who will reply as soon as possible

Walkers are reminded that even on non-strike days, train services can be affected by short-notice cancellations, eg due to railway workers overtime bans, so you are advised to re-check train running times as close as possible to your intended time of travel.

 

7 May 2024 - Train walk change on Saturday 18 May

Due to rail engineering work on the Huddersfield line, the planned Greenfield Circular walk has now been changed to:

Hebden Bridge Circular
via Household Wood, Jumble Hall, Blackshaw Head and Heptonstall
From the 09.12 Leeds to Manchester Victoria train
Book, alight (09.57) and return Hebden Bridge
12.5 miles
Moderate/Strenuous

The Barnoldswick Circular easy walk will go ahead as originally advertised.


28 April 2024 (amended item)

Please send any items for inclusion in the next members' newsletter to the editor, Fiona Robertson, as soon as possible, but no later than 14 May 2024.


15 April 2024 - Unlimited rail travel with Northern Rail for £10 per person for a day or £17.50 for a weekend

Northern Rail has teamed up with National World and Reach PLC local newspaper groups for this special offer, which includes 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. The offer is not limited to the Settle-Carlisle line, but it is restricted to services operated by Northern Rail.

There are two slightly different deals available, depending on which local newspaper you collect the offer from.

NATIONAL WORLD OFFER

To qualify you have to collect THREE tokens from qualifying National World 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 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. These Ranger tickets cannot be bought on trains or online.

The offer runs from Monday 15 April February to Friday 19 July 2024 and is valid every day during this special offer period.

Full details of the National World offer.

REACH PLC OFFER

To qualify you have to collect TWO tokens from qualifying Reach PLC newspapers, who publish a number of titles across Northern England. Please see the Northern Rail website for details of when the tokens will be in the newspapers.

Otherwise the deal is identical to the National World offer above.

Full details of the Reach PLC offer.


27 February 2024

Our February newsletter has now been produced and sent out to members by post and email. This includes the booking form for the autumn holiday at Bollington, Cheshire.


6 January 2024

Full details of our programme of train walks for the remainder of this year can now been seen in the Train Walks section.


10 December 2023

The new rail timetable starts today and is valid up to 1 June 2024.


14 November 2023

Selected issues of our members' newsletter from 2020 to 2023 can now be viewed in the Newsletter section. The online versions do not contain all the information from the regular editions, which are sent out to members, as some content is restricted to members only.


10 November 2023

Our programme of forthcoming train walks for the public from January to October 2024 can now be seen in the Train Walks section. The remaining walks for 2024 will be published online early in the New Year.


7 November 2023

The 2024 programme of members' Lake District walks can now be seen in the Members section.


25 October 2023 - Events update 2024

Two further members' holidays have now been arranged for next year:

Hartington Hall YHA Hostel, Derbyshire - 13 to 15 September 2024 (2 nights)

Hollin House Hotel, Macclesfield, Cheshire - 11 to 14 October 2024 (3 nights)

Please see the Holidays section for further information. Booking details will be in a future edition of the members' newsletter.


17 October 2023

The 2024 programme of members' Thursday walks can now be seen in the Members section.


13 September 2023

For 2023-24, membership of Friends of DalesRail is now increased to £12 per household per annum. For any members joining between now and the end of November this year, the annual membership will run until 30 November 2024.


17 January 2023 (updated item)

Anyone interested in joining us can now become a member online, by filling in our New membership application form. New membership subscriptions, as well as renewals, can now also be paid online. Please see our Join page for full details.

 

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