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Format: 2018-04-22

ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we're sure you'll have a great time.

1 May - 7 May 2018
The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival.

For more details and the full programme please visit the web site

Jericho shanty town experience at Ribblehead.

Meet at the Ribblehead Visitor Centre for a talk about the shanty towns. Following this a stroll will be taken to the Ribblehead Viaduct to hear how the railway was built and how the navvies lived and worked in the shanty towns.  Return to the station for a short train journey to Garsdale (fare payable) passing the sites of the shanty towns.  Return by train from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds.

Please bring a packed lunch and waterproof clothing.
The event is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
No booking necessary.

For further information or email or phone 01524 811 492

Please note: Due to expected changes to the train timetables in May 2018 it is not possible to give a start time at Ribblehead or say which trains will be used for the trip to and from Garsdale.  Once these details are known this page will be updated with further details.

Alight Ribblehead (12.02). Connects with the 10.49 train from Leeds. Return on the 15.13 train from Garsdale to Ribblehead/Leeds.
Grade: E (3 miles)

The Ribblehead Viaduct is the highlight of the route with its magnificent 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below. Join the Ribblehead Heritage Tours to look at the archaeological sites and the history of the Viaduct. Hear how the navvies lived and built this tremendous structure with assistance from steam cranes and muscle power. Places of interest that will be visited are the site of the Batty Green Shanty Town including the site of the hospital, the narrow-gauge tramway, the maintenance shed for the steam locomotives, the brickworks, lime kilns, the stone sorting area and the Viaduct itself.

To join a tour, meet at the Heritage Centre on Ribblehead station for a tour of the Viaduct site which lasts about 2 hours. The tours cross rough moorland and all participants should wear stout footwear and bring warm and waterproof clothing.

All tours are free of charge but donations will help the development of tours in future years.

Groups of ten or more can be accommodated by arrangement at times other than those advertised.  Please telephone 01524 811492 (answerphone) if you wish to arrange a tour.


Please note: Due to expected train timetable changes starting in May 2018 the start times for these tours are not yet known.  Details will be published here as soon as possible.

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