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The Ride-2-Stride Festival of Walks, Talks & Music 2021 - Important Statement

Following the UK Governments Parliamentary Vote on 4th November 2020 to implement a second lock down in England in a further attempt to fight the spread of the Coronavirus, we would like to make this statement:

We, the Ride-2-Stride Festival Steering Committee, have together, and with great reluctance, taken the decision to cancel the 2021 Ride-2-Stride Festival of Walks, Talks & Music, scheduled to have taken place between April 27th to May 3rd.

This decision has been taken in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic which currently shows no sign of easing and is causing severe disruption to travel, accommodation and planned events because of regulations on social distancing, group gatherings, hospitality & the like?

It would appear that the coming 6 months or so will see a slow return to opening up the possibility of large social gatherings such as the R2S Festival, but that would be too late to put into place all the necessary planning and publication required for the 2021 Festival to go ahead.

We trust that all Supporters of the Festival will understand and agree with our decision and we apologize for any disruption this may have caused.

Looking forward to 2022, however, we are more than optimistic that the R2S Festival will go ahead in that year. The projected dates for that will be April 26th to May 2nd inclusive.

Finally, we would like to thank you all for your support & fellowship in previous R2S Festivals.

Welcome to ride2stride

ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we're sure you'll have a great time.

To visit the archived ride2stride website, full of information and details of past ride2stride festivals - click here.

The 2020 r2s programme is now available to download - click here

Dogs on Walks

In regards to the question of dogs on ride2stride Festival Walks, please note: NO DOGS other than registered assistance dogs, will be accepted on ride2stride walks.

We know how much people enjoy walking with their dogs, however, spring is a crucial time of year for wildlife and livestock in the Yorkshire Dales. Fields are full of young lambs and newly turned out cattle and the fells are home to ground nesting birds. The festival attracts large numbers of walkers and this decision has been taken In the interest of safety and enjoyment for everyone. It does not affect the walks led by the participating organisations for the rest of the year.

We hope you will understand and respect this decision and we look forward to welcoming walkers to ride2stride 2019.

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ride2stride

ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.