Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

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



 Saturday, 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

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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: Depending upon which station you start from it may be cheaper to use an Senior Wayfarer (£6) as Parbold is within the Wayfarer ticketing area. Otherwise book a Day Return.


Saturday, December 6th     Grange over Sands

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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

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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

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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               Hebden Bridge

January 17th             Lancaster & the Lune Valley

February 7th             Skipton

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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