Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

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




Saturday, April 26th     Forest of Bowland

We return to one of our favourite walking areas which we haven’t visited for some time on a Rail Rambler.


On Newton Fell

Please note the alterations to the route of this walk and increase in mileage as printed in the Rail Rambler Programme

C Walk                                                    13 miles strenuous

Alight & return Clitheroe

Clitheroe, Brungerley Bridge, Lillands, Eaves House farm, Cuttock Clough farm, Moorcock Inn, Newton Fells, Pye Coppy, Cabin Hill, Crag Stones, Duckpit Hill, Hare Clough, Moor Piece, Saddle Bridge, Cheetall Farm, Clitheroe

Your leader: Hilary Bell

E walk                                                         8 miles moderate

Alight & return Clitheroe

Please note that this walk is an alteration from that in the printed programme due to the withdrawal of the Slaidburn bus service on Saturdays

imagesGrindleton Fell

Bus to Waddington, Hospital Wood, Feazor Farm, Seedall’s Farm, Moor Lane, Bradford Fell, Grindleton Fell, Pinewood, Simpshey, Cob House, Lowcocks, Drakehouse Wood, West Bradford. Bus to C’roe

Your leader: Craig Ward

O.S. Map:  Exoplorer OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

Travel Details: We shall catch the 08.20 from Bolton to Cliotheroe which calls at Blackburn at 08.52. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.44 (change at Preston), Preston 08.22 (change at Blackburn), Bamber Bridge 08.30(change at Blackburn), Colne 07.51(change at Blackburn). On the return journey trains from C’roe at 16.40, 17.09 & 18.09

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Clitheroe


Saturday, May 10th        Past Landscapes – Liverpool

Number 80 in this popular series visits some Lancashire villages entrapped within the city of Liverpool

Part 1 – Woolton and Garston   

index Woolton

E Walk                                                   5 miles easy

Alight & return Liverpool Stations (Central or Lime Street)

During the last years of the 19th century and the first thirty years of the 20th, Liverpool looked enviously at the rural areas of Lancashire to its north and its east and, gradually, incorporated these areas into the city. Many old established villages overnight found themselves as part of the great city until about fifty of them had been absorbed. Exploring many of these areas to-day you are struck by the fact that the  normal typical suburbs do not exist to any great extent and that the original vllages have survived.

To-day we shall look at three villages – Woolton, Little Woolton & Garston. You are in for a pleasant surprise!

Your leader: Howard Hammersley

O.S. Map: Explorer 275 -Liverpool

Travel Details: We shall meet at Liverpool Central Forecourt at 10.15. From Preston there is a choice of route to Liverpool. Catch either the 08.41 to Ormskirk, changing on to the 09.20 to Liverpool Central or catch the train to Lime Street which departs Blackpool North at 08.35, Leyland 09.09, Euxton & Balshaw Lane 09.14 and  Wigan NW 09.24. Connections to Preston from Clitheroe 07.07 & 07.40 (change at Blackburn), Blackburn 07.35 & 08.15, Colne 06.51, Accrington at 08.06.

On the return journey trains with a Preston connection at Ormskirk depart L’pool Central at 15.55 or 17.10. They also depart Lime Street at 15.57 & 16.57 for Preston.

Booking Arrangements: Book a day return to Liverpool


Saturday, June 14th           Marsden

Regular Rail Ramblers were surprised by the range of walking opportunities and rugged scenery of this area and we are returning following repeated requests to do so


A view of Marsden

C Walk                                            11 miles strenuous

Alight & return Marsden

Marsdaen, Butterley Reservoir, Kirklees Way, Wassenden Lodge, Pudding Real Moss, West Nab, Meltham Moor, Brow Grains Road, Deer Hill Reservoir, Shooters Nab, Piper Stones, Marsden

Your leader: Chris Thornley

O.S Maps: Explorer Sheets OL1 South Pennines & OL 1 Peak District – Dark Peak

E Walk                                                        8 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Marsden

Marsden, Huddersfield canal, Willikey Clough, Haigh Gutter, Brun Moor, Redbrook Reservoir, Marsden

Your leader: Stuart Leese

O.S. Map: Explorer OL1 – South Pennines

Travel Details: Major timetable alterations are expected from May 18th. Please watch this website for further details at the end of May or ask an organiser on a previos trip.

Booking Arrangements: Book a day return to Chorley or Darwen and ask the conductor for 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. A Day return will also be required from Greenfield to Marsden.


July 12th                  Edale

August 16th             Hebden Bridge

September 27th      Buxton

October 11th            Windermere

October 25th            Delamere Forest

November 8th         Leeds Lookabout with Stuart Leese

November 22nd       Parbold

December 6th           Grange over Sands

December 20th         Chester

January 7th               ‘Christening the Curve’ – Todmorden

January 17th             Lancaster & the Lune Valley

February 7th             Skipton

February 21st           Congleton

March 7th                  Ulverston

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