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DalesRail 2020

It is with great regret that Community Rail Lancashire has to announce that the 2020 DalesRail season has now been suspended until further notice.

Northern have informed CRL that, under the current government restrictions, that say that people should avoid using public transport where possible – particularly for leisure – suspending this year’s DalesRail service was inevitable. 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.

Community Rail Lancashire is asking regular DalesRail users to send in their experiences of past years in the shape of stories, tales and anecdotes and these are being used to create a ‘Virtual DalesRail’ that can be seen on this link Virtual DalesRail. In order to promote the idea a special animation has been made asnd this can be seen by clicking on the image below:


In the meantime get ready for the 2021 season by watching the DalesRail taster video below, keep safe and CRL looks forward to seeing you all again in the future.

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:

Last year we added new pictures to the DalesRail Country gallery and these can be seen by using this link to the Gallery or by using the navigation buttons at the top right of this page. We will add more pictures to the gallery so keep looking!

If you have any DalesRail pictures or stories you would like to share, please send them to Richard Watts on or to – thank you.


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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