Northern Rail conductors, who work on services passing through Settle, will be stepping in the right direction in aid of Jane Tomlinson’s Walk for All Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival.
The UK’s largest train operator will be running a special ‘Jane Tomlinson’ service on Sunday 19 August, leaving Leeds at 07.00 and arriving into Settle in time for pre-walk registration. The train will return for the intrepid adventurers at 17.00 to help deliver the weary walkers back from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
Services will also have extra carriages in order to carry more passengers than usual with over 2,500 walkers expected to turn out and enjoy some of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s most stunning scenery. The company will be donating all revenue from each return ticket sold, directly to The Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Richard Allan, Area Director, Northern Rail comments: “We’re hoping our conductors on the Settle to Carlisle line will be able to tot up enough steps to cover the distance of one of the routes ramblers will walk on the 19 August. It’s a tough challenge, but we think they’re up to it!
It might come as a surprise to some to discover just how many miles they cover walking up and down the carriage.
Event Director, Sara Birkinshaw, said: “We’re thrilled to be back for the second year in Settle for the Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival. The Tomlinson family have a real soft spot for the area so it’s a special event on our For All Events calendar. We hope that walkers across the country will embrace the festival as they did last year and we break all our records for another great day in August this year.
“The Yorkshire Dales Walking Festival routes really do offer a true Walk For All – a day out in wonderful countryside that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their age and fitness levels. And, thanks to Northern Rail, our walkers can enjoy a hassle-free journey to and from the Dales, making this a perfect day out for all of the family.”
Northern is also providing extra carriages on the following services:
- 08.40 Leeds to Morecambe (this will call at Giggleswick where Northern will provide a coach service to Settle)
- 12.20 Morecambe to Leeds (again with coach service from Settle to Giggleswick)
- 16.37 Carlisle to Leeds service
- 23.15 Skipton to Leeds service
Northern Rail are urging walkers who want to catch the ‘Jane Tomlinson’ train to book now to secure their seat at www.walkforall.com.”