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DalesRail 2020

It is with great regret that Community Rail Lancashire has to announce that plans for the 2020 DalesRail season have had to be put on indefinite hold.

Northern have informed CRL that, unless the current government restrictions on travel are changed, that DalesRail will not operate. Whilst it is hugely disappointing it is nonetheless very understandable with the current COVID-19 pandemic ongoing.

As a consequence the plans to expand the reach of DalesRail this year in partnership with the Dales & Bowland Community Interest Company have been put on hold and hopefully it will be possible to pick them up again in 2021.

Please continue to check the CRL website for updates and if it is possible to operate DalesRail later in the season we will try to work out a guided walks programme in partnership with the Lancashire Rail Ramblers. In the meantime please enjoy the DalesRail taster video below, keep safe and CRL looks forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

To give a taster of what DalesRail is all about a promotional video has been made for Commmunity Rail Lancashire by Nodrog (Gordon Head) and this can be seen below:


Preparations are underway for the 2020 season and the timetable, walks programme and fares will be uploaded as soon as they are available. The DalesRail Country gallery has been added to over this season and can be seen on this link DalesRail Gallery or using the navigation buttons at top right of this page.


Lancashire DalesRail is simply the best way to spend a Sunday! The service links Lancashire with the scenic Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley. Starting from the coastal resort of Blackpool, DalesRail passes through Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Whalley and Clitheroe before travelling along the famous Settle to Carlisle line and terminating in the historic border city of Carlisle.

The journey from Settle takes in the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, passes through Blea Moor tunnel and crosses the top of Dentdale and Garsdale before passing into the more pastoral Eden Valley and the lovely town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. You can enjoy all this, and more, from the comfort of a modern diesel train.

DalesRail is much more than a scenic train ride, it is an integrated package providing a full day out. You will find information about the many places that can be visited; the extensive guided walk programme led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and the coach links that extend the rail journey to places the train cannot reach.



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