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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
not to like?
Time to start planning your week...
9 Jan 2018
See previous festival NEWS 2017 here.