Community Rail Walk Gallery


January 25th    Colne Circular

The party on the packhorse bridge at Wycoller. This bridge featured in the original film version of The Railway Children

Inspecting the ruins of Wycoller Hall supposedly the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jayne Eyre by Emily Bronte. She was a frequent visitor to this location

The ranger gave the party a talk about the history of the Aisled Barn at Wycoller which dates back to at least the 13th century

Clam Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in Britain and said to date back to at least the Bronze Age

Heading up Smithy Clough on the Pennine Bridleway

At Foster’s Leap named after Foster Cunliffe who back in the 17th century was recorded as having jumped across the gap

Making for The Atom Panoptican above Wycoller. The stone wall is one of several in the area and dates back to Norman times when Wycoller  became a vaccary or cow farm.

The Atom

Passed through Wycoller again on the way to Trawden. here the party sit in the inglenook fireplace of Wycoller Hall

January 15th     Bromley Cross Circular

Arrival at Bromley Cross

Dropping into the Jumbles

Climbing to Affetside with Winter Hill as a backdrop

Affetside Cross dating back to mediaeval times sits on Watling St the Roman road between Manchester, Ribchester & Hadrian’s Wall

Heading to Hawkshaw with Peel Tower on the horizon

Returning to Bromley Cross with Turton Parish Church in view


December 18th   The Ladybird Trail

On the canal towpath near Rishton

Group photo

In the hamlet of Tottleworth

Following the ladybirds towards Great Harwood

December 4th           Clitheroe Circular

In Pendleton

Admiring the view towards Longridge Fell from above Pendleton

Climbing to the Nick o’Pendle

Heading up Apronfull Hill with a view back to the west

November 19th          Whalley to Clitheroe

Leaving Whalley (J.Ward)

Near Standen Hey (J.Ward)

Approaching Clitheroe (B.Mulholland)

September 25th  Huncoat to Rishton

Arrival at Huncoat

Crossing the M65

Heading for the Leeds-Liverpool Canal with good views towards Pendle Hill and the Calder Gap at Whalley

The Canal’s towpath was followed for much of the way

The only moving boat of the day

Half way marker of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal – 63.5 miles each way

Changing banks at the old wharf at Clayton le Moors

Passing train near Rishton

September 3rd  Nelson to Barley

Great views back to Nelson and the South Pennine Moors

The party

Rest stop at Noggarth Cottage

Heading towards Newchurch in Pendle in the distance and with Pendle Hill as a backdrop

Passed the historic Clarion House, built in 1912 and with connections to the foundation of the Labour Party and still a mecca for walkers and cyclists who call on Sundays

Lunch stop at Newchurch

If Pendle Hill doth wear a hood be sure the day will ne’er be good! It wasn’t particularly good!

Deep in the forest something stirs!

July 10th    Ribchester to Ramsgreave & Wilpshire

The party heading for Stydd Church near Ribchester

Stydd Church dates back to at least the 13th century and has links with the Knights Hospitallers

The Knights’ flag flying outside the Church

In Duddel Woods

Heading down to the River Ribble

Crossing Dinckley Footbridge

The River Ribble at Sale Wheel. In the background, marquees are being erected for the forthcoming Royal Lancashire Show

July 2nd    Todmorden to Walsden

Start of the walk at Todmorden

Admiring the Great Wall of Todmorden with its 4 000 000 bricks

Gauxholme Viaduct and the Rochdale Canal

Family Outing

Old warehouse now des res apartments

Climbing out of the valley

After the climb a welcome restView up Calderdale with Stoodley Pike on the skyline

Descending to Bottomley on the Saltergate – the old packhorse route linking the Chshire saltworks with Yorkshire

Heading for Walsden

Handloom weavers’ cottages in Walsden

June 5th  Cherry Tree Circular


Arrival at Cherry Tree

On the Yellow Hills with wonderful views all around

This is a memorial to Alfred Wainwright walker and author of the famous walking guides to the Lakeland fells and instigator of the Coast to Coast Path. He was born and grew up in Blackburn and the exploration of his local countryside in his younger days awakened an interest and hobby which lasted a long lifetime.

The memorial takes the form of a viewfinder with distances to places familiar from his life and to places further afield such as the Isle of Man and Snowdon.

Like many towns in NE Lancashire, the countryside is easily accessible from Blackburn and the town centre is only around three miles from this location via Witton Country Park

Heading along the ridge with distant views

Near Pleasington with Hoghton Tower Hill ahead

Following the Witton Weavers’ Way

Train driver’s view of Hoghton Bank towards Blackburn

Rail Ramblers!!Canal at Riley GreenFamiliar landmark on the horizon

May 1st          Blackburn to Whalley

The party leave Blackburn via Corporation Park

Heading towards Salesbury from Ramsgreave

Near Copster Green

Underneath the Arches approaching Whalley

April 13th    Wyre Way from Catterall to Poulton le Fylde

The party on Catterall Hall Footbridge (Photo: J Barnes)

The Wyre Way at Town End (Photo: J Barnes)

April 3rd      Ribchester Circular

The party passing The White Bull in Ribchester at the start of the walk

Heading towards Hothersall on the Ribble Way and Lancashire Way

Admiring some topiary

Blackthorn blossom in profusion on the descent to Ribchester

Ancient Stydd Chapel was passed

Nearby – the almshouses at Stydd.

March 5th   Withnell to Darwen

Ascending Great Hill

Great Hill Summit

Heading off Great Hill towards the Belmont Road and Roddlesworth (Photo John Barnes)

By the River RoddlesworthGreat views on the footpath to Darwen Tower

Dropping into Bold Venture Park, Darwen

February 9th    Much Hoole to Preston

By the River Douglas

The beginning of the Ribble Way

Sheep in trouble

Ramblers to the rescue!

Back on its feet if wobbly

Thank goodness there was an embankment to walk on

A remote stretch of the River Ribble rarely seen except by ramblers

Last lap towards Preston

January 26th    Langho to Clitheroe

Above Dean Clough



By the River Calder

Early Spring colour

December 19th     Hapton to Whalley


November 20th     Entwistle to Darwen

Heading to Grimehills with Darwen Tower Hill in the distance

Rainbow on Aushaw Moss. Hog Low Pike on the horizon

Heading up from Whittlestone Head

September 26th  Blackburn to Pleasington via Hoghton Bottoms

The party near Alum Scar

Passing underneath Hoghton Viaduct

Along the River Darwen

The weir in Hoghton Bottoms

September 4th  Rishton to Whalley

Climbing to Top o’th Heights above Rishton

Heading into Dean Clough

Group photo near Dean Clough Reservoir with Pendle Hill in the distance

May 22nd Brierfield to Nelson via Barley

Heading towards Newchurch in Pendle near Rigg of England

Lunchstop at Newchurch

In Newchurch

Pendle Hill

Heading back to Nelson above Roughlee

March 24th  Burnley Central to Brierfield

Our party passing the imposing but derelict Extwistle Hall built 1585 for the Parker family but not lived in for many years. Grade 2 Listed but on the ‘Buildings at Risk Register’ unsurprisingly. Below is how it looked in better days.

David and John inspecting some Tamworth pigs

In the Thursden Valley

Group photo with Burnley in the background

Near Haggate

February 21st – Whalley to Clitheroe

Climbing Clerk Hill above Whalley

Heading to the Nick

The party at the Nick o’ Pendle with great views

January 3rd          Bamber Bridge to Pleasington

Hoghton Tower Drive

Descending into Hoghton Bottoms


November 11th    Accrington to Burnley

Leaving Accrington and heading to Baxenden along the old railway

Having a good natter with Blackburn and Hoghton Tower Hill as a backdrop

Heading for Hameldon Hill

Following the Burnley Way

The party

Looking to Black Hameldon across Cliviger with the Singing Ringing Tree on the horizon

Dropping down into Burnley on the green sward of the golf course and distant views to the Three Peaks

November 1st     Ramsgreave to the Ribble & Back

The party on the old Roman road leading down to the River Ribble at Ribchester

September 27th   Bolton’s Green Spaces

August 2nd     Sawley to Gisburn

July 29th         Waddington Fell Circular

Photos courtesy of John Barnes


July 12th         Darwen Circular

Above Sunnyhurst Woods

Earnsdale Reservoir and Darwen Tower

Heading across Darwen Golf Course

Looking across to Blackburn and Pendle Hill

Clear views of The Three peaks today – on the extreme right Pen y Ghent and with Ingleborough and Whernside on the middle horizon

Also views to the Lakes and coast plus Hoghton Tower Hill

July 4th          Ramsgreave & Wilpshire to Whalley

On Wilpshire Golf Course

Good views across Ribblesdale

Making new friends

Meeting old friends

June 17th        The Irwell Valley

Following the towpath of the former Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Nob End

A verdant scene

Dodging the hogweed on the banks of the Irwell

May 13th         Four Parks & A Funeral – Blackburn

Walking through the bluebells in Witton Park

Climbing Billinge Hill from Witton Park

Heading to Lammack Fields

Paying our respects at the grave of Fred Kempster the English (Blackburn) Giant in Blackburn Old Cemetery

Fred died in hospital in Blackburn in April 1918 when visiting the town in a travelling show. He was 7 feet 9.3 inches tall. Here he is with his mother.

Also in the cemetery is the grave of John Lewis, founder of Blackburn Rovers. He would be turning in it if he knew of recent events!

May 3rd         Mellor Brook to Ramsreave & Wilpshire

John Barnes leads the way

If you go down to the woods today………

….you will see the beautiful sea of bluebells

Down by the riverside

A perfect spot for lunch

Amogst the garlic blossom

April 5th       Pleasington to Brinscall

Rural charm at Feniscowles

 Leeads – Liverpool Canal near Finnington

Heading for Ollerton

Johnsons Hillock Top Lock


In truth they were looking enviously at the diners on this cruise barge

Sailing into the blue yonder?

Recognise this pair ?

Heading for Brinscall and the moors

Near Brinscall Hall

March 1st    Darwen’s Countryside and Parks

dsc03113Entering Whitehall Park

dsc03118Whitehall Park Waterfall

dsc03117Looking down the Park


dsc03122Heading across the moor to Bold Venture Park

dsc03124Looking into Bold Venture

dsc03123Who wants to sit in my chair?dsc03128Heading past Earnsdale Reservoir to Sunnyhurst Woods

dsc03129In Sunnyhurst

dsc03133Sunnyhurst Woods


October 25th Todmorden to Stoodley Pike

dsc02616Our party at the Pike

craig-community-rail-walk-oct-25th-2016On the Pennine Way (Photo J Barnes)

dsc02613Great views to be had

dsc02618Passing Withins Cross

dsc02622Crossing the bog to Gaddings Dam – grateful for the paved path

October 4th  Burnley Barracks to Hapton

dsc02559Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Burnley

dsc02562The party

dsc02563Heading towards Padiham with Pendle in the distance

dsc02564Enjoying the sunshine on the beach at Padiham

September 6th Langho to Whalley

dsc02439Old Langho Church built circa 1557

dsc02442Much of the stone used in its construction came from Whalley Abbey including  some of the windows

dsc02443The party heading for Brockhall

dsc02444Enroute we passed the ancient Hacking Hall near the River Ribble

July 16th Todmorden Circular

DSC02027Heading out of Todmorden  with Stoodley Pike on the horizon

DSC02031Above Lydgate (see November 3rd for a contrasting view)

DSC02035Train crossing Lydgate Viaduct

DSC02040We passed one of the last remaining coalmines on the tops above Cliviger

DSC02044The wide open moors on Flower Scar Road – an ancient highway

DSC02050Descending into TodmordenDSC02048Great views of Calderdale

DSC02055Huge works to consolidate the rail embankment following a landslip here last winter.

July 5th  Clitheroe Wild Flower Walk

DSC02015At West Bradford Bridge

DSC02019Heading to Salthill Quarry with Pendle as a backdrop


June 1st    Botany Bay to Feniscowles

DSC01788Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Botany Bay at Chorley

DSC01789Heapey Lodges

DSC01795Near Stanworth with the M65 & Roddlesworth Viaduct in the background

April 6th       Bromley Cross to Darwen

DSC01099Near Turton Bottoms

160406(19)_edited-1-1Broadhead Brook

DSC01102Crossing the wilds of Hoddlesden Moss

March 8th    Hoghton to Cherry Tree

DSC01019Byway near Hoghton

DSC01024Stuart illuminating the party about Alum Scar

DSC01025Crossing Alum Scar Bridge

It’s over there !!

DSC01032Wainwright Memorial on The Yellow Hills near Billing Hill. A panoramic viewpoint to the Isle of Man, Snowdon, Lake District – but not today!

DSC01030It’s over there !!

February 13th     Sawley to Clitheroe



February 3rd  –  Church & Ossie to Accrington

DSC00779 Passing the old mill lodge at Brook Side


Group photo with Pendle as a backdrop

DSC00784Crossing the paddy field to Duckworth Hill. Hambledon Hill on the skyline

DSC00786Duckworth Hill trig pillar and panoramic views

DSC00792Bedlam! Yet all was peaceful when we passed

DSC00795Signs of spring ! Pussy willows in very early bloom

DSC00787Heading to Bumper HallDSC00789

Can you guess which walk this waymark identifies? The Hyndburn Clog – a walk around the Borough of Hyndburn

Novenber 24th – Another Todmorden Circular


Between Lumbutts and Mankinholes

DSC00616Canal, road and railway in Calderdale

November 3rd – Todmorden Circular

Nov3rd 2015 LydgateDropping down into Lydgate in Cliviger Gorge

Nov 3rd 2015 above LydgatAutumn tints

Above Lydgate Nov 3rd 2015We passed ‘The Cracked Wall of Cornholme’ familiar to regular users of the line to Todmorden who always speculate on when wall will finally give way, as the unstable land it holds back, slips. Noticed the large cracks have been cemented.

Nov 3rd Huntley RoydAdmiring the architecture of the early 17th century Hartley Royd farmhouse

Nov 3rd 2015 BridestonesHeading through the Bridestones

Nov 3ed The Bride StoneThe precariously balanced Bride Stone and, to the right the fallen Groom supposedly toppled by a disgruntled groom centuries ago

DSC00576We passed another early 17th century farmhouse – Lower Ashes above Todmorden

DSC00577Heading for Todmorden with Stoodley Pike just visible through the mist

Accrington Circular – October 27th

DSC00529Near Owl Hall

DSC00532On Moleside Moor

DSC00535Returning to Accrington from Baxenden along the old railway


Cliviger Climbs – September 30th

ELCRP4Climbing from Cornholme

ELCRP3Trains in Cliviger Gorge – the freight train is heading for Immingham from Preston Dock at Portsmouth

ELCRP2Summit – Thieveley Pike

ELCRP1Dropping down Dean Scout

Wyre Way Wander – September 19th,2015

DSC00170Arrival at Poulton le Fylde

DSC00172Party at Skippool Creek

DSC00173The Creek once a small port importing lampoil, tallow and timber now a haven for yachts

DSC00178On the Wyre Way

DSC00182The Wyre Estuary with Fleetwood ahead

DSC00184The disused railway from Poulton to Fleetwood – hopefully to be reopened one day?

DSC00187Another historic relic camouflaged in the undergrowth


DSC00191Heading along Cleveleys Promenade

DSC00192Almost at journey’s end with a familiar landmark forming a backdrop

Darwen Circular – September 8th2015

ELCRP Walk Sep 8thA large turnout at Darwen

ELCRP WALK SEPT 8thHeading out of the town through Marsh House

ELCRP 8th SeptLunchtime at Hoddlesden Reservoir

Rose Grove to Burnley Central , September 2nd,2015

DSC00001The party meets at Rose  Grove

DSC00003Leeds-Liverpool Canal at Rose Grove

DSC00006Heading down the Padiham Greenway

DSC00007Gawthorpe Hall under wraps

DSC00009The all important lunch stop with a view of Pendle Hill

Clitheroe to Whitewell, August 5th,2015


Whalley to Clitheroe via The Nick O’Pendle – June 3rd,2015

150603(12)_edited-1In Spring Wood

150603(14)_edited-1Crossing Clerk Hill

150603(22)_edited-1Heading for lunch at The Nick

Gisburn to Clitheroe – March 5th,2015




Balderstone & Osbaldeston – February 4th,2015

Community Rail Walks 2015 003 A good turnout for to-day’s walk – perfect weather too

Community Rail Walks 2015 006In Mercyfield Wood

Ribble Valley Rambler – February 1st,2015

Langber Lane, Feb 1st 2015On Langber Lane with Attermire as a backdrop

New pasture, feb 1st 2015New Pasture above Long Preston

Cliviger – January 24th,2015Jan 24th 3

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Community Rail Walks 2014 015Between Pendleton and Clitheroe with Pendle Hill as a backdrop


Pleasington to Bamber Bridge – October 1st,2014

Community Rail Walks 2014 004In Hoghton Bottoms

Community Rail Walks 2014 006An fairly uncommon wild flower seen on this walk -its name?


Community Rail Walks 2014 005Heading towards Riley Green


Bamber Bridge to Riley Green –  August 6th,2014

August 6th, Bamber Br to Riley Green (1)Brollies on Parade! Yes we do have rain on walks occasionally – but only a short shower to-day.

Community Rail Walks 2014 003In Brindle Churchyard

August 6th, Bamber Br to Riley Green (2)Crossing a grass prairie near Brindle

August 6th, Bamber Br to Riley Green (3)Friends for life!

Mill Hill to Darwen – July 8th,2014

140708(8) - 1-1Heading for Tockholes with Hoghton Tower in the background

140708(4) - 1-1On Bunkers Hill with Blackburn below

140708(14) - 1Overlooking Earnsdale Reservoir with Darwen Tower on the skyline


Ascent of Pendle – July 2nd,2014

140702(12)_edited-1Our party at the Upper Ogden Reservoir

140702(18)_edited-1At the head of Ogden Clough

Community Rail Walks 2014 001The summit trig point

Hameldon Scouts – February 10th,2014

Hameldon Scouts1Climbing by Hameldon Scouts’ Waterfall

Hameldon scouts2The Coppice Summit, Peel Park above Accrington

Brierfield Circular – February 13th,2014

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A Tale of Two Valleys – Church & Ossie to Whalley – December 4th,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 055 The party climbing above Great Harwood to a lunch stop with panoramic views across industrial NE Lancashire to Hambledon Hill

ELCRP Walks 2013 056Heading round the shoulder of Bowley Hill and the landscape becomes much more rural

ELCRP Walks 2013 058Group photo with Longridge Fell forming the backcloth

A Walk Through Bolton’s Green Ways – November 25th,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 052 Our party passes the 16th century Hall i’th Wood home to textile inventor, Samuel Crompton in the 18th century and restored by Lord Leverhulme in the nineteenth century and given to Bolton Corporation.

ELCRP Walks 2013 054Another rural backwater in Bolton – Firwood Fold was an agricultural hamlet

ELCRP Walks 2013 053Members of our party study this ancient cottage in Firwood Fold, original home of Samuel Crompton

Cherry Tree Circular – September 9th,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 050 Leader, Stuart Leese pointing out features of interest with Blackburn forming a distant backdrop

ELCRP Walks 2013In Stanworth Wood – an ancient woodland

ELCRP Walks 2013 048Ancient Stanworth Wood was desecrated by the construction of the M65 and this location became famous for the activities of ‘Swampy’ & Co.

Entwistle to Ramsbottom – September 4th,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 045Arrival at Entwistle

ELCRP Walks 2013 047Below Holcombe Moor

ELCRP Walks 2013 046Party portrait with Peel Tower on the skyline

Sabden to Whalley – August 7th,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 043 Above Sabden with the slopes of Pendle Hill forming the backdrop

ELCRP Walks 2013 044Climbing out of the Sabden Valley

Rossendale Moorlands – July 3rd,2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 041Near Doles

ELCRP Walks 2013 042In the hidden and beautiful Greens Clough above Portsmouth in the Cliviger Gorge. At the top of this clough is a small working coalmine.

Downham to Barley via Twiston – May 5th, 2013

130506(2)-3 Above Twiston

130506(2)Heading over Twiston Moor with Pendle’s Big End in the background

Pleasington Circular – May 1st, 2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 037 The first part of our walk followed the Leeds-Liverpool Canal to Withnell Fold where lunch was taken

ELCRP Walks 2013 039We followed the trackbed of the old Blackburn – Chorley Railway between Brinscall and Withnell Station, Abbey Village. This section of the trackbed is now a well kept nature reserve.

ELCRP Walks 2013 040A springtime encounter

On Clerk Hill, Whalley – April 3rd, 2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 035Perfect walking weather and great views across Ribblesdale with Whalley Viaduct in the background

March 11th – Weets Hill Winter Wonderland

ELCRP Walks 2013 032Our walk up Weets Hill started in bright sunshine but behind us a foretaste of things to come

ELCRP Walks 2013 017Within a few minutes we were enveloped by a heavy snow shower

ELCRP Walks 2013 024Ten minutes later we were in bright sunshine at the summit of Weets Hill the snow shower having moved on.

ELCRP Walks 2013 030Who says it’s grim up north? Looking eastwards towards the canal reservoirs at Foulridge with ‘Bonnie Colne on the Hill’ to the right

March 6th,2013 – The Ladybird Trail

ELCRP Walks 2013 009Liverpool 63 miles but we were only walking the towpath as far as Rishton!

ELCRP Walks 2013 010Near Rishton Golf Course

ELCRP Walks 2013 012In the ancient hamlet of Tottleworth heading for the old railway through Gt Harwood

February 16th – Three Villages’ Heritage Trail

tn    In the ruins of Wycoller Hall

Wycoller Feb 16thThe party crossing one of Britain’s oldest bridges – the Clapper Bridge at Wycoller

February 6th, 2013  A Walk from Entwistle Station

ELCRP Walks 2013 008Our party dwarfed by these mature conifers near Turton & Entwistle Reservoir on a beautiful winter’s day.

ELCRP Walks 2013 003At the entrance to Yarnsdale

ELCRP Walks 2013 004Stepping out below Fairy Battery the rock formation in the background. in the 17th century this was the location for illegal worship by local Nonconformists.

January 9th, 2013

ELCRP Walks 2013 002Above Oswaldtwistle

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