Where: Takes place along the Settle to Carlisle railway line
£: All walking events are free, talks have a small charge of £3 to cover costs and music events are free but donations are most welcome. No booking is required, simply turn up at the start of each event
What is it?
The ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the picturesque Settle to Carlisle railway line.
Celebrate the picturesque landscape with walks led by experienced leaders, hear speakers share their love of the local area or simply enjoy music and song in one of the pubs.
All of the walks begin and end at one of the stations, so simply turn up at the time of the event to take part. The walks range from easy and leisurely to strenuous, full day long walks.
Take a leisurely circular walk with author Sheila Gordon on 29th April or join the Ribblehead Heritage Tour on 30th April and see the archaeological sites and history of the Viaduct. On 1st May join Jeff Wright and the ride2stride singers for a walk around Kirkby Stephen ending at the Black Bull Inn (and we all know that walks should end at the pub). For the wildlife enthusiast there’s the Wigglesworth Wader Walk with Adrian Shepherd (RSPB) and David Tayler (YDMT) on the Ribble floodplain where you can view the managed habitat that has been created for breeding wading birds.
Talks will be taking place during the festival on various subjects including the droving trade, the battle to save the Settle-Carlisle line and Alfred Wainwright. There will also be daily music sessions taking place from afternoon to late evening in the local pubs. There is no charge to enjoy the music but donations will be welcomed.
More info: www.skyware.co.uk/scwf