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Ride2stride festival: 30 April – 6 May

Ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the 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.

S&C on BBC One Show

The BBC spent a day filming on the Settle-Carlisle line last November.  The piece was broadcast on the 5th March.

The film showed One Show’s ‘Street Barber’ Michael Douglas in action.  The BBC claims that there is nowhere he won’t cut hair – and this claim was put to the test on the moving train and in sub-zero temperatures on Garsdale station platform.

Beeching 50 years on

On 27 March 1963, British Railways Board published the report Reshaping Britain’s Railways. It led to the systematic closure of lines and stations, and transformed our railway network. The report was written by the then British Railways Chairman Dr Richard Beeching and the closures became known as the Beeching Axe.

FoSCL strategy launched

Strategy for the next Northern England franchise and beyond



We and our partners have greatly increased the number of passengers travelling between Settle and Carlisle.  With better rolling stock we could further develop passenger traffic.  Modest investment in 3-car long-distance trains would show a substantial return.


NEW! Settle to Carlisle Way

Rucksack Readers have recently published a brand new book detailing a walk that follows the entire S&C from Settle to Carlisle.


It's written by Vivienne Crow, a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for the outdoors.  Based in north Cumbria, she has written or co-authored more than a dozen guidebooks.  Readers of the Cumberland News will be familiar with her weekly articles on walks in the Lake District and further afield. 


New Sunday train service

We’re delighted that, from December,
there will be an extra Sunday service
in each direction between Leeds and
Carlisle. We’ve long hoped for this as
Sunday trains can be quite busy throughout
the year. The start from Sheffield in the
morning and termination at Nottingham
in the evening is an unexpected bonus
and a small step towards our aspiration
for a through service from Nottingham to


FoSCL meets the Rail Minister

Richard Morris, FoSCL Chairman, and Douglas Hodgins, Chairman of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, were privileged to spend half an hour with Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport, together with John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle.  It's thanks to him and his PA Hannah that we got in to see the Minister at all.


Fellsman steam train programme

The popularity of the “Fellsman” trains running every Wednesday through the summer from Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Long Preston continue unabated for its fourth season with the first eight trains all fully booked and over 440 passengers on each, the remaining two trains on 22nd and 29th August only having a handful of standard class seats remaining with Premier and First Class selling out weeks ago.

S&C to the rescue

Torrential downpours across northern England on Thursday 27th June caused landslides between Lancaster and Carlisle, closing the West Coast Main Line.  The East Coast Main Line was also closed near Berwick.  The only north-south through route remaining open was the Settle-Carlisle Line.


Garsdale extra stop

We're delighted that the southbound weekday early morning direct train Carlisle-Leeds also stops at Garsdale from 14th May.  Previously it stopped at most other stations, but Garsdale could not be included due to pathing constraints in the Aire Valley.


Portillo's S&C radio programme

You can listen to Michael Portillo's radio programme on the post-Beeching cuts, which was broadcast last Saturday at 8pm on Radio 4.  Click on this link to listen again:


But hurry, there's only a few days left!


It's worth listening to the entire programme if you have the time.  Otherwise, the relevant bits for the S&C are:

Just under 15 mins in, Tony Freschini gets 2 minutes.

More online membership features

In addition to joining FoSCL or renewing your membership online, there are now a couple of other enhancements available to you:

  • gift membership
  • FoSCL Dales Railcard

Why not buy a relative or friend membership of the Friends as a birthday or Christmas present?  They'll get our acclaimed magazine four times a year, access to the Members' Only section of this web site and be able to purchase a FoSCL Dales Railcard.