Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for January to May 2015 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website by clicking here:



Saturday, December 20th               Chester

It’s some time since we visited the Chester area for walks so here is an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise before the Christmas festivities

21069753 Baker Way

C Walk                                                  11 mile moderate

Alight & return Chester

Chester, Baker Way, Shropshire Union Canal, Christleton, Stamford Heath, Stamford Bridge, Greysfield, Park Farm, Disused Railway, Chester

Your leader; Hilary Bell


River Dee, Chester

E Walk                                                         6.5 miles easy

Alight & return Chester

Queen’s Park, River Dee passing Eaton Hall, Aldford, Bus to Chester

Your leader: Pam Smith

Travel Details:There are several options. Those coming from Blackpool/Preston areas should travel via Liverpool on the 08.54 from Preston which calls at Euxton Balshaw Lane at 09.05. The connection from Liverpool Lime St (Low Level) is at 10.13.  Those coming from NE Lancashire may prefer to travel via Manchester using the 09.17 from Manchester Picadilly to Chester via Northwich. Connections from Clitheroe at 07.05, Blackburn at 07.29 (change at Bolton for Piccadilly in both cases). From Colne at 06.23 (change at Blackburn & Bolton or come to M/c by by bus). We shall meet on the station concourse at Chester at 11.00. Returning from Chester there is a train to L’pool Lime St every 15 minutes and to Picadilly via Northwich at 59 min past the hour.

Booking Arrangements:

There are a number of possibilities depending upon your starting point. From NE Lancs it will be cheaper to book a day Return to Darwen then use a Wayfarer to M/c and then book a Day Return from Northwich to Chester. From Chorley area use a Wayfarer to M/c and book a Day Return from Northwich to Chester. For journeys via Liverpool from Preston it will be cheapest to book a Day Return to Ormskirk then re-book at Ormskirk and ask for an All Zones Saveaway Ticket (£4.90) which will take you all the way to Chester. If travelling to Liverpool via Wigan book a day Return to Liverpool and then purchase an All Zones Saveaway ticket. If travelling from Preston to Chester via Warrington you will have to book a Day Return to Chester – the fastest and most expensive option!


Saturday, January 3rd  –   Hebden Bridge

For many years it has been the Rail Rambler tradition to start the new year’s walking programme with a visit to the wonderful walking country around Hebden Bridge and the beginning of our 40th year is no exception.

SONY DSCHigh Brown Knoll

B Walk                                                           14 miles strenuous

Alight & return Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge, Chiserley, High Brown Knoll, Upper Dean Head Reservoir, Warley Moor Reservoir,Ogden Reservoir, Calderdale Way, Upper Saltenstall, Cock Hill, Hebden Bridge

Your leader:  John Barnes

heptonstall_snow12A wintry view of Heptonstall


E Walk                                                         8 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Hebden Bridge

Bus to Cock Hill from station forecourt, Roms Greave, Lane head, Aire-Calder Link to Walshaw, Blake Dean, Gibson Mill, Heptonstall, The Buttress, Hebden Bridge

Your leader:  Craig Ward

OS Map: Explorer OL 21 – South Pennines

Travel Arrangements:

The train to Hebden Bridge departs Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at Preston at 08.37, Blackburn 08.55, Accrington 09.03 and Burnley Manchester Rd at 09.12. Connections from Bamber Bridge at 08.13(change at Blackburn) and Clitheroe 08.26 (change at Blackburn). From Manchester Victoria catch the 09.16 Leeds  train. The walks will start after the arrival of both the Blackpool and Manchester trains.

Booking Details:  Book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge


Saturday, January 17th – Lancaster & Lune Valley

Walking in an area close to home with the option of walking in the uplands and lowlands.


Caton Moor

C Walk                                                     11.5 miles moderate

Alight & return Lancaster

Bus to Cloughton from Lancaster then via Caton Moor Winfarm, Roeburndale Road, Haylot Farm, Mallowdale Bridge,Pedder Gill Waterfall, Wray Bridge, Riverside to Hornby, & bus to Lancaster

OS Map: OL41 – Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

Your leader:  Mike Codd

Glasson_Dock_-_geograph.org.uk_-_996464Glasson Dock

E Walk                                                   8 miles easy

Alight & return Lancaster

Bus to Galgate from Lancaster then via Parkside Farm, Condor Green, Glasson Dock, Old Railway and Lancahire Coastal Way to Lancaster.

OS Map: Explorer 296 – Lancaster & Morecambe

Your leader: Craig Ward

Travel Arrangements: At Preston we shall catch the reinstated 08.42 train to Lancaster& Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast. Connections to Preston from Blackpool North at 07.44, Bolton 07.41, Chorley 08.02, Blackburn 08.03, Bamber Bridge 08.18, Colne 07.23, Accrington 07.51, Clitheroe 07.05 (change at Blackburn).

Booking Details:  Book a Day return to Lancaster


Saturday, February 7th – Skipton

The Skipton area offers varied walking from the fell country on its outskirts to rolling pastures to the west

9308677983_0378af8e07_bOn Flasby Fell

C Walk                                                     12 miles modarately strenuous

Alight & return from Clitheroe

Clitheroe – Bus to East Marton then Ingthorpe Grange, Back Newton, Leeds & Liverpool Canal to Holme Bridge Lock, Gargrave, Eshton Bridge, Flasby, Flasby Fell, Sharp Haw, Tarn House Farm, Skipton

Your leader: Alan Holmes

OS Map: Explorer OL2 – Yorkshire Dales South & West

SkiptonBroughton Park

E Walk                                                 8 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Clitheroe

Clitheroe – Bus to Broughton Hall then  via Broughton Park, Pasture House, Yellison House, Carelton Lane Head, Gawthorpe House, Street Head, Ramshaw, Carleton Biggin, Ravenshaw, Carelton Bridge and into Skipton

Your leader: Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West and Explorer OL21 South Pennines

Travel Details: We will catch the x80 bus which departs Clitheroe (Stop4) at 10.24. This bus also starts from Preston Bus Station(Stand 58) at 09.35 on Route 280. Trains to Clitheroe depart Bolton at 08.19 and 09.21 calling at Blackburn at 08.49 or 09.51. A connecting train departs Colne at 08.23 (change at Blackburn), Bamber brisge 08.13 or09.13 (change at Blackburn). From Blackpool North the connections to Preston are at 09.04 and Chorley to Preston at 08.47. On the return journey the route x80/280 depart Skipton (Stand4) at 15.30, 15.35 & 17.53. These buses depart 2 minutes later from the Railway Station bus stop on the main road.

Booking Arrangements: If travelling by train book a Day Return to Clitheroe.


February 21st           Congleton

March 7th                  Ulverston

April 4th                     Worth Valley

April 25th                    Heptonstall – Past Landscapes with Howard                                       Hammersley

May 9th                       Glossop

June 13th                     Todmorden – Christening The Curve

July 11th                       Millom

August 15th                  Middlewood & Disley

September 26th           Windermere

October 10th                 Stockport Stroll with Stuart Leese

October 24th                 Arnside

November 7th                Edale

November 21st               Greenfield

December  5th                 Altrincham & The Bollin Valley

December 19th                Oxenholme

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