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

2018 Festival launch

R2S 2018

Over 100 walkers from across the globe gathered on the station platform at Settle on a bright May Day morning for the launch of this years' Settle-Carlisle walking Festival - Ride2Stride 2018.

There's a further 6 days packed with walks, talks and music, so there's plenty of time to jump on the train and join the fun!

1 May 2018

Festival Feature for R2S2018

The Craven Herald & Pioneer this week ran a full page feature on the upcoming Ride2Stride Walking Festival for 2018.

Crave Herald 19 April 2018

Lesley Tate has produced a detailed account of the Festival in the Dales Life section of the popular weekly newspaper - the Voice of the Dales since 1853!

With less than 2 weeks to go the sun has come out and excitement is growing! Fingers crossed.....

See the Craven Herald here.

18 April 2018

Draft program for Ride2Stride 2018

The draft program for the Ride2Stride 2018 is now live, so please check it out.

The 2018 Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival will kick off on Tuesday May 1st next year - a nice Mayday start. There follows a week packed with walks, talks and music, finishing on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th.

Red Squirrel at Snaizeholme. Photo John Wood

There's the usual range of activities, from a nice easy visit to the local Courtyard Cheese Centre near Feizor, to a strenuous walk to see the Red Squirrels at Snaizeholme (photo: John Wood 2017). There are a number of talks, and there's music each day to round off. What's not to like?

Time to start planning your week...

9 Jan 2018

See previous festival NEWS 2017 here.