Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

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



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.

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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


Staurday, November 22nd                Parbold

A return visit to the Douglas Valley and the hills above it which rewards discerning walkers with views across rural West Lancashire

037897_5783a72f Ashurt’s Beacon

C Walk                                                 12 miles strenuous

Alight & return Parbold

Parbold Village, Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Prior’s Wood Hall, Hillock Farm, Ashurst’s Beacon, Martin’s Farm, Fairy Glen, High Moor, Harrock Hill, Hunter’s Hill, Stony Lane, Parbold

Your leader: Tessa Rowe


E Walk                                                   6 miles easy

Alight & return Parbold

The ‘Pear Orchard’ settled by the Saxons after victory on the banks of the Douglas. For the Sisters of Notre dame and chapel used as a stables during the siege of Lathom Hall. For High Moor, Christ Church, Wood Lane, Lees Lane, Prior’s Wood and Parbold Mill

Your leader: Stuart Leese

OS Map: OS Explorer OL21 Southport & Chorley

Travel Details: The train to Parbold and Southport leaves Bolton at 09.45 & Wigan Wallgate 10.03. Connections to Bolton from Clitheroe at 08.26, Blackburn 09.03, Blackpool North 08.40, Preston 08.30 & 09.09, Chorley 09.05 or 09.20, Colne 08.23 (change at Blackburn). Return from Parbold at 41 min past each hour. For times at other intermediate stations consult the relevant Northern Timetables or visit the National Rail website.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Parbold


Saturday, December 6th     Grange over Sands

12-grange_over_sands_lv27Grange over Sands

Always popular with our supporters, the Grange area is a walker’s mecca with woods, water and wide views on offer

C Walk                                          11 miles strenuous

Alight & return Grange over Sands

Grange, Cumbria Coastal Way, Low Meathop, Lindale, Buck Crag, Tow Top Road, High Newton, Greaves Farm, Four Lane Ends, Hampsfell Hospice, Fell End, Grange

Your leader: Mike Codd

Hampsfell-February '08 011Hampsfield Hospice

E Walk                                           6.5 miles moderate

Alight & return Grange over Sands

Grange, Eggerslack Woods, Merlewood, High Hampsfield Farm, Hampsfield Allotment, Hampsfield Hospice, Pit Farm, Cartmel, Golf Course, Spring Bank, Eden Mount, Grange

Your leader: Craig Ward

OS Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes SE Area

Travel Details: The train to Grange departs lancaster at 09.02. There are trains to Lancaster from Preston at 08.26 & 08.37 with the former likely to make a good connection. For connections to Preston catch the 07.44 from Blackpool North, the 08.02 from Chorley, the 07.23 from Blackburn, the 07.35 from Bamber Bridge or the 06.23 from Colne. Return from Grange at 15.02 to Lancaster or 15.53 to Preston

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Grange over Sands


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 Picadilly 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: To be advised







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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