R2S Archive 2012 - 2018

Ride2Stride - the Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival


Ride2stride 2019 is on!

Great news - Ride2stride 2019 is to go ahead after all, thanks to the formation of a new steering committee to take it forward.

Next year's festival will run from Tuesday April 30th to Monday May 6th.

The newly formed steering committee includes two previous stalwart members - Diane Taylor (Friends of Dales Rail) and Jeff Wright (Three Peaks Folk Club), together with a host of new talent.

"We are busy planning another exciting week of walks and talks and music.....put the dates in your diary, looking forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new" said Diane.

Details of the programme will appear on a new website - www.ride2stride.co.uk - in the near future, so please check there. This current website will become an archive for the R2S Festival between 2012 and 2018.

See www.ride2stride.co.uk here.

25 September 2018

No festival for 2019

R2S 2012 - First festival


There will be no Ride2Stride Walking Festival for 2019.

The decision was "regretfully" announced this week by the Festival Co-ordinating Committee in a letter to festival sponsors and partner organisations.

Among the reasons cited were logistical problems with the current train service and the growing complexity of organising the festival with a small volunteer co-ordinating committee, which has been further reduced following recent retirements. Chairman Stephen Way said "The co-ordinating group consequently feel that the organisational challenges of ensuring a trouble free week are too high."

The Festival has run for seven years, starting in 2012, and has been a major success.

"Ride 2 Stride has not been a ‘stand-alone’ event.  The ethos behind each of the festivals has been that participating organisations have planned and organised their own activities – be it guided walks, talks or music events in local pubs and that the role of the co-ordinating group has been to pull all these events together into one coherent programme and organise publicity."

The letter finally appeals to supporting organisations to consider becoming more actively involved in any possible future festivals. "We are sorry to have made this decision as we know that the festival has brought much needed income to a variety of local businesses and enjoyment to many people."

UPDATE: There are moves to form a new Ride2Stride co-ordinating committee who intend to try and run the festival in 2019! Check Ride2Stride.co.uk for further details....

7 August 2018

Festival Report for Ride2Stride 2018

The final report on the succesful 2018 Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival is now available to download as a PDF document.

Download the R2S Festival Report 2018 here.

9 June 2018

See previous festival NEWS 2018 here.