When: 1st – 7th May 2018
Where: Along the Settle-Carlisle railway line
£: All walking events are free. There is a small charge for talks 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 beautiful 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 festival’s walks range from easy and leisurely, to strenuous, full day-long walks.
This year’s programme will begin on Tuesday 1st May with walks including Surprising Settle, a seven-mile riverside walk, and a five-mile walk that includes a visit to a dairy; and an illustrated talk on sheep farming and hiking. Wednesday will include a strenuous circular walk taking in High Cup Nick and a seven-mile jaunt taking in Settle’s Hinterland; there will also be a talk on the construction of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.
On the Thursday there will be an easy two-mile walk and talk on the Jericho Shanty Town Experience, highlighting the local history of the railway workers. The weekend highlights will include an eight mile walk with a view, a strenuous walk which will hopefully feature a few red squirrels, and a circular walk taking in Pen-y-ghent and Crook Gill waterfall.
This year’s ride2stride finishes on Monday 7th May with a three waterfalls walk, a walk taking in the Iconic Landscapes of Upper Ribblesdale, and a walk through Oxenber Woods.
There will be live music sessions in one of the local pubs to end each day. If you are planning to join in with the walks, please remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear, and take enough food and drink.
More info: www.skyware.co.uk/scwf