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Walk: ride2stride

Long Preston Deeps by Ken Humphris

Wednesday 1 May, 10:15 – 4:00pm

Once again we are taking part in the popular ride2stride Settle-Carlisle walking and music festival programme, with a seven mile easy-moderate walk from Long Preston railway station to Settle station. Partially following the Ribble Way, walkers can enjoy viewing Wigglesworth Hall and Long Preston Deeps along with lots of spring flowers and hopefully wading birds. Please note this walk starts and ends at different railway stations.

This walk is free and no booking is required. Please arrive promptly at the start point with suitable clothing, footwear, a drink and packed lunch. No dogs. The start time marks the arrival of a train and so may be subject to delay. The finish time is approximate.

Walk: Fauna, Flora and Water in Wensleydale

View over Wensleydale courtesy of YDRT

Wednesday 23 May, 10:30 – 3:30pm

Catherine Mason, education and engagement officer for the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust will lead a seven mile circular walk and talk exploring a short stretch of the River Ure and one of its tributaries. Starting and finishing at Aysgarth Falls (charges apply), this walk will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Trust’s work including river and riparian restoration to improve habitats, address pollution, prevent erosion and reduce the impacts of flooding.

The terrain is mainly easy but with stiles and one steep rocky climb and descent. No dogs please, as there are ground nesting birds and livestock.

Walk: Discover Smardale Nature Reserve

Smardale Nature Reserve courtesy of Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Wednesday 19 June, 10:30 – 3:00pm

This is a unique opportunity to join Andrew Walter, reserves officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust for a five mile moderately difficult, circular guided walked around this exceptional reserve. Smardale Nature Reserve occupies a five-mile section of the disused railway line that once ran from Tebay to Darlington, now home to species-rich grassland, attracting a variety of pollinating insects, with the industrial archaeology of the railway line adding further interest. Please note the walk includes a section of steep terrain.

Walk: Exploring Grassington Moor Upland Common

Grassington Moor

Wednesday 3 July, 10:30 – 1:00pm

Claire Braeburn, project officer for the Foundation for Common Land will lead a half day walk over part of the Grassington Moor upland common. Providing insight into the ancient history of our upland commons, Claire will also guide participants through the archaeological trail of Yarnbury’s lead mining industry and discuss the peat, bird and archaeological surveys which have taken place on the moor. This walk doesn’t include any steep inclines or descents, just one stone step stile. Car share will be offered for those that wish it from the YDNP bus station / carpark in Grassington to the walk start.

Walk: Access the Dales by foot or Terrain Hopper!

An accessible walk with Access the Dales

Wednesday 31 July, 11:00 – 3:00pm

We are very pleased to offer our first walk run in collaboration with Yorkshire Dales charity, Access the Dales and walking company Where2Walk. Commencing from a farm near Tebay, participants will enjoy a leisurely paced, stile free, four mile route over rough, moderately challenging terrain to Powson Knott, whilst taking in views of the eastern and northern fells of the Lake District.

For those requiring assistance, the Hub provides a Tramper—an all-terrain wheelchair—and a TerrainHopper, both battery-operated. Additionally, two ParaTrekkers, rugged manual wheelchairs, are available, necessitating strong pushers. Alternatively, bring your all-terrain mobility scooter/wheelchair for an inclusive walk event!

This walk is not accessible for regular wheelchairs. To secure your (free!) place with an all-terrain wheelchair – please book here. To book your place without, please use the button below:

Event: Friends 4 Friends

A Friends of the Dales campaign event

Wednesday 1 August, 5:30 – 8:30pm

A social event for non members! Members welcome too with one caveat – you must bring a ‘non member’ friend with you! As we look to the future it is vital we recruit more members and so what better way to do this than encourage interested supporters and like-minded friends to come along and join us for a sociable evening of welcome refreshments and snacks, fun quiz and a leisurely three mile circular walk. NB. no obligation to join us – it’s just a chance to get to know us!