CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

Tales From DalesRail


DalesRail may not have operated in 2020 but that doesn’t stop us sharing our many interesting experiences about our journeys. We hope you will share your interesting stories, favourite walk, fascinating anecdotes and pictures to create a ‘Virtual DalesRail’. Hopefully these will give people an idea of what the iconic DalesRail service has to offer and to encourage them to join us when the service resumes in 2021.

Katie, a member of the CRL team, has made a short Doodly animation to give details of ‘Tales from DalesRail’ and this can be viewed below:

Click the links below to download and read the very different reminiscences of the people who have used DalesRail over the years.

A Blast from the Past 1980 – Craig Ward

A Poem – John Barnes

A Spring DalesRail Walk – Peter Walker

A Time for Celebration – Simon Clarke  

An Original DalesRailer (Jessica Lofthouse) – Craig Ward – part 1

An Original DalesRailer (Jessica Lofthouse) – Craig Ward – part 2

Appleby Horse Fair – Aiden Turner Bishop

Appleby Town Trail – Aiden Turner Bishop

Carlisle – Aidan Turner Bishop

Climb a Peak Slowly – Keith Thompson

DalesRail, A Journey of a Lifetime – Craig Ward

DalesRail, An Appreciation – Gordon Head

DalesRail, An Appreciation – John Barnes

DalesRail, An Appreciation Part 2 – John Barnes

DalesRail, The Scenic Route – Simon Clarke

DalesRail Then & Now – Pat Parrott

Dentdale: The Coal Road – Craig Ward

Dent Dream – John Barnes

Dent Station to Dent (and back) – John Barnes

Dufton Chicken Race – Richard Watts 

Garsdale – Craig Ward

Graham Nuttall, a personal footnote – Craig Ward

Great Walks from Garsdale – John Barnes

Great Walks from Garsdale (2) – John Barnes

Great Walks from Hellifield – John Barnes & Jessica Lofthouse

Howard Hammersley – A DalesRail Personality

Ingleborough – Marian Strahan

Lazonby & Kirkoswald – John Barnes & Richard Watts

Pen-y-Ghent, a strenuous walk – John Barnes

Podgill & Merrygill Viaducts – Richard Watts

Recollections of DalesRail – Aiden Turner-Bishop

Ribblehead – John Barnes & Richard Watts

Smardale – John Barnes

Swaledale – A walk from Muker to Gunnerside – John Barnes

Steve Wells – A DalesRail Personalityupdated version

The World Rides Lancashire DalesRail – Aidan Turner-Bishop

Travellers & Tennis in Eden Hall – Stuart Leese

Walks from the Bentham Line 1963 – CRL

What I like about DalesRail – Barbara Mulholland


If you have a story that you would like to share then please send them in with any images (high resolution please) to either or to