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Another walk affected by RMT industrial action

Due to the RMT Strike Action on Saturday 27th October 2018 the guided walk from Horton to Ribblehead will be ALTERED.

An alternative 11 mile walk will take place commencing from Horton (1031) and finishing at Settle for the return by train at (1538) or rail replacement bus at (1740).

FoSCL apologises for any inconvenience by this change which is the result of events entirely outside of FoSCL's control.

John Carey
Guided Walks Coordinator

All Stations Go!

The Settle Carlisle Trust and FoSCL collaborated with Three Peaks Arts to host a series of workshops and displays at Ribblehead, Horton and Settle Stations on the 8th  and 9th  of September. The displays featured the paintings, photography, embroidery, pottery and sculpture of local artists and craftspeople, all of a very high standard.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch 2019

The 2019 FoSCL Christmas Lunch is being held at the Golden Lion (Duke Street, Settle, BD24 9DU) on 30th November..

The guest speaker is Paul Brown, FoSCL Chairman, who will outline his hopes for the future.  

There will be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

There may be a few places left, contact Martin or Rachel Pearson, 01729 824428, email martinpearson1943@gmail.com  

 

FoSCL Christmas Lunch 2019

The 2019 FoSCL Christmas Lunch is being held at the Golden Lion (Duke Street, Settle, BD24 9DU) on 30th November..

The guest speaker is Paul Brown, FoSCL Chairman, who will outline his hopes for the future.  

There will be a raffle in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

There may be a few places left, contact Martin or Rachel Pearson, 01729 824428, email martinpearson1943@gmail.com  

 

Dalesrail part cancelled

On Sunday 12th August the DalesRail will be part cancelled!

Passengers from Blackpool to travel on a York service to Blackburn, a bus will take them to Hellifield where a train will be waiting for them, this having run ecs from Skipton.

For the return train, the 17.25 Carlisle to Leeds will be re-timed to leave at 17.48, the path of the DalesRail.

On arrival at Hellifield buses will be waiting to convey passengers in to Lancashire.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch

The 2018 FoSCL Christmas Lunch will take place at the Golden Lion, Settle on Saturday 1st December.  Guest speaker is Edward Album on the subject of the attempt between May 1988 and April 1989 to privatise the line.  

For full details, menu and booking form click on the Events tab on the home page.

Early morning trains now stop at Dent

FoSCL campaigned for the early morning southbound train to stop at the smaller stations along the line when through trains in each direction were introduced in the last franchise.  Eventually Garsdale, Langwathby and Lazonby were added, leaving just Dent without a service until after 10 am!

FoSCL met Northern Rail's timetabling manager and pointed out that there were 4 minutes slack at Ribblehead and that a stop at Dent would only add 1 1/2 minutes.  Nothing happened for a while.  Finally, 5 years later, this train and the northbound one will stop at Dent.

Dent Station up for sale

Dent Station building, right next to the platform of England's highest mainline station, is up for sale.  Present owner Robin Hughes writes:

"After 11 years of thoroughly enjoyable ownership, I am downsizing at Dent by retaining the Snow Huts and selling the Station which comes on to the Market on 1st June.

Dent Station is a fabulous property and restoring it and owning it as a holiday let over many years has been a great pleasure.We've had many lovely guests over the 11 years.

FoSCL Guided Walks Relaunch

Due to the RMT strike the Guided Walks scheduled for Saturday May 26th to relaunch the FOSCL Guided Walks have been cancelled.

The programme will now relaunch on SUNDAY MAY 27th

The  FREE 10 mile Explorer walk starts at Horton Station at 1016 upon the arrival of the 0859 train from Leeds. It will be a Moderate walk through Arcow, Oxenber Wood and Feizor before traversing Giggleswick Scar and descending into Settle for the 1644 train to Leeds. Fine views all the way with moderate climbs and descents and several stiles.

FOSCL GUIDED WALKS RESUME

Following the confirmation of the new train timetable and the appointment of new Co-ordinators the popular FoSCL GUIDED WALKS will resume from SATURDAY MAY 26th.

FREE Walks with experienced knowledgeable friendly guides will be offered every Saturday and some Sundays to give the opportunity to explore places around the line on foot. Some walks will use bus links to explore places further afield like Hawes and Swaledale.

Timetable changes on the S&C

From 20th May there will be a much changed timetable on the Settle-Carlisle Line, for the first time in nearly 30 years!  There will be one more train in each direction on weekdays and two more on Sundays.  FoSCL influenced these improvements by lobbying the Department for Transport in advance of the current Northern Rail franchise. 

For details see https://www.settle-carlisle.co.uk/tickets-times-travel/timetables/settle-to-carlisle-timetable/