Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website by clicking here:



Saturday, August 16th                  Hebden Bridge

We don’t often visit the Hebden Bridge area in the summer months so here’s your chance to see it with the leaves on the trees and the heather in bloom on the moors

images Hebden Dale

C Walk                                                 13 miles strenuous

Alight & return Hebden Bridge

Midgehole, Abel Cote Wood, Turn Hill, Shackleton Knoll, Walshaw, Holme Ends, Gorple Cottages, Alcomden water, Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Wood, Heptonstall, Hebden Bridge

Your leader: Hilary Bell

OS Map: Explorer OL21 The South Pennines

E Walk                                                     7.5 miles easy

Alight & return Hebden Bridge

gibson mill Gibson Mill

Hebden Bridge Station, Rochdale Canal, Mytholm, Eaves Wood, Lumb Bank, Knoll Top, Green Hill, Boothroyd Farm, Pisser Clough, Hoar Royd, High Greenwood House, Gibson Mill, New Bridge, Lee Mill Bridge, Nutclough

Your leader: Craig Ward

OS Map: Explorer OL21  The South Pennines

Travel details: The train to Hebden Bridge departs Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at Preston at 08.37, Blackburn 08.55, Accrington 09.03, Burnley Manchester Rd 09.12. Connections depart Bamber Bridge at 08.13(change at Blackburn), Clitheroe 08.26(change at Blackburn). NB There are no trains between Chorley & Preston on this date. It is suggested that Chorley passengers should catch the service bus to Bamber Bridge or Blackburn or travel via Manchester Victoria. There will be a train service from Chorley to M/c Victoria at times to be announced yet. Please call at the station nearere the date. From Victoria catch the Leeds train at 09.16. Return from Hebden Bridge to Blackburn/Blackpool at 53 min past each hour and to Victoria at 07, 18 or 42 min past each hour.

Booking Details: Book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge from all stations


Saturday, September 27th   – Buxton

The old spa town of Buxton is always a pleasure to visit and is the gateway to some beautiful walking country.

sol temp

Solomon’s Temple above Buxton

C Walk     ‘The Dragon’s Back’                  10 miles strenuous

Alight & return Buxton

Buxton, Bus to Brierlow Bar, Hind Low, Hindlow Quarry, Earl Sterndale, Parkhouse Hill, Chrome Hill, Stoop Farm, Booth Farm, Thirkelow Rocks, Anthony Hill, Stanley Moor, Solomon’s Temple, Buxton

Your leader; Alan Holmes

OS Map; Explorer OL24 The Peak District White Peak Area


Corbar Hill

E Walk                                                    6.5 miles easy

Alight Chapel en le Frith & return Buxton

Bank Hall, Castle Naze, Short Edge, Hob Tor, Flint Clough, Moss House Farm, Corbar Hill, Buxton

Your leader: Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL24 – The Peak District White Peak Area

Travel Details: The train to Buxton departs M/c Piccadilly at 09.49. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.44, Preston 08.12 & 08.20, Chorley 08.22 & 08.34, Clitheroe 07.44(change at Bolton), Blackburn 08.07 & 08.34(change at Bolton), Colne 07.23(change at Blackburn & Bolton or come to M/c by bus). Return trains from Buxton at 29 min past each hour.

Booking Arrangements: The cheapest way to travel is to book a Day Return to either Chorley (from Preston direction) or Darwen (from NE Lancs stations) then use a Wayfarer* ticket. *GM Wayfarer tickets can be bought on the day of travel from ALL manned stations including Clitheroe and Nelson Interchanges. Also available from conductors on trains and shops with the PayPoint facility. These  tickets cost £11 for adults or £6 for over 60’s and others are obtainable for groups and children.You can check through fares on the National Rail website.


Saturday, October11th    –   Windermere

5214150765_9fc554d275_zThe Dales Way near Burneside

C Walk      The Dales Way                 10 miles moderately stenuous

Alight Burneside & return Windermere

Burneside, Bowston, Staveley, Fell Plain, Crag House, Pinethwaite, Windermere

Your leader: John Barnes


E Walk                                                          9.5 miles moderate

Alight & return Staveley

Staveley, Barley Bridge, Brunt Knott Farm, Tenter Howe, Garnett Bridge, Birk Rigg, Gurnal Dubs, Potter Tarn, Birk Field, Staveley

Your leader: Chris Thornley

OS Map: Explorer OL7 Lakes SE Area

Travel Details: The Windermere train departs Bolton at 09.07, Chorley 09.19, Preston 09.32, Lancaster 09.47. Connections to Preston from Blackpool North at 08.40, Clitheroe 07.44 (change at Blackburn), Blackburn 08.29, Bamber Bridge 08.41, Colne 07.23, Burnley M/c Road 08.11. Return from Windermere at 15.50 or 17.08  and 5 min later from Staveley. For times from other intermediate stations check your local Northern timetable or visit the Northern website.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to either Windermere or Staveley


Saturday, October 25th  –  Delamere Forest

Autumnal walks in pleasant Cheshire countryside and woodland

imagesAutumnal tints in Delamere Forest

C Walk                                    11 miles moderately strenuous

Alight Northwich & return Delamere

Northwich, Weaver Navigation, Bradford Mill, Whitegate Way, Delamere Forest, Delamere

Your leader: Tessa Rowe

E Walk                                     9.5 miles easy

Alight Mouldswoth & return Delamere

baker wayA stretch of the Baker Way

Baker Way, Tarvin Sands, Oscroft Hall, Duddon Mill, Home Farm, Rock Farm, Summertrees, Stoney Lane, Old Pale, Delamere

Your leader: Pam Smith

OS Map: Explorer 267 – Northwich & Delamere Forest

Travel Details: The train to Northwich, Mouldsworth and Chester leaves Piccadilly at 09.17. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.44, Preston 08.12, Chorley 08.22, Clitheroe 07.07(change at Bolton), Blackburn 07.29(change at Bolton), Colne 06.23 (change at Blackburn & Bolton or come to M/c by bus) For times at other intermediate stations please check Northern Timetables or visit the Northern website. Return from Delamere at 15 min past each hour.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Delamere


Saturday, November 8th  – Leeds Lookabout

Stuart Leese leads another of his popular tours of our Northern towns and cities finding the unusual and unfamiliar together with the more well known aspects

Some Leeds’ images





E Walk                              5 miles easy

Leeds for the |Drury Girls – a city tour. The small woollen town was described by Dickens as ‘one of the beastliest places in England’ – he should see it now, transformed in all its majestic multi-coloured glory. For Briggate and Kirkgate, for Swinegate and underneath The Arches to where the Leeds – Liverpool Canal meets the Aire, for Brodrick’s Institute, Exchange and Town Hall and for the School Board’s Caley Crag Grit and Chamber’s Corncockle Stone. We’ll visit the Coliseum, The Scarborough, The Arcades and the Albert Hall,. We’ll find the Black Prince, The White Swan and Penny Pocket Park. We could peer in the Drake and Duck or the Ship Inn or nip down Change Alley or Slip Inn Yard. Remind me to mention Charlie Peace and Friar Tuck, Augustin le Prince and Doctor Hook plus lots more! See you on the day.

OS Map: Explorer 289 – Leeds

Travel details: The train for Leeds departs Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at Preston at 08.37, Blackburn 08.55, Accrington 09.03 &  Burnley M/c Road 09. 12. Connections from Bamber Bridge at 08.13(change at Blackburn), Chorley 08.02(change at Preston). From M/c Victoria catch either the 08.48 (Northern) or 08.52(Trans Pennine). Meet on Leeds Station Concourse at 10.30. For other intermediate stations check times in the relevant Northern timetable or visit the Northern website.

Return trains to Burnley, Blackburn etc. at 08 min past each hour. There is a frequent service to both M/c Victoria & Piccadilly

Booking Arrangements:  Book a day return to Leeds




November 22nd       Parbold

December 6th           Grange over Sands

December 20th         Chester

January 7th               ‘Christening the Curve’ – Todmorden (Postponed – alternative destination to be announced)

January 17th             Lancaster & the Lune Valley

February 7th             Skipton

February 21st           Congleton

March 7th                  Ulverston

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