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
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 -
in the near future, so please check there. This current website will
become an archive for the R2S Festival between 2012 and 2018.
25 September 2018
No festival for 2019
There will be no Ride2Stride Walking Festival
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
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