Latest News from Lancashire Rail Ramblers


January 15th

The Rail Rambler to Wilmslow this Saturday, January 19th is cancelled due to strike action by the RMT Union

January 10th

Numbers on our last two Community Rail Walks have been good and to maintain this momentum we have decided to continue with the walk on Saturday, January 26th despite the RMT strike. As you will see on the relevant page of this website, we will start the walk from the Petre Arms at Langho and base the start time on the arrival of buses from Preston, Blackburn and Clitheroe/Whalley. There is also a train connection to Langho from Blackburn. N.B. The Rail Rambler to Wilmslow is cancelled due to strike action.

January 3rd

Our next Community Rail Walk will take place on Tuesday, January 8th – an eight miles’ moderate walk starting from Blackburn Railway Station at 10.32. Please see relevant page for further details. Unfortunately, because of the RMT industrial action, the Rail Rambler to Hebden Bridge on January 5th is cancelled.

December 20th

The RMT have announced futher strikes for all Saturdays in January which means our Rail Ramblers on Saturdays, January 5th and 19th will not take place unless the strikes are called off.

December 19th

What a difference four days makes to walking conditions. Today sunshine and blue skies and great conditions for our last Community Rail Walk of the year. A party of twelve people enjoyed the walk from Hapton Station to Whalley Station.

Our next Community Rail Walk will be on Wednesday, January 2nd.

(Photo courtesy of Barbara Mulholland)


December 15th

The only train seen on today’s Round Chorley Rail Rambler on yet another RMT strike day. Eight intrepid walkers turned out in spite of an atrocious weather forecast. Let’s hope we have a proper train on the next Rail Rambler to Hebden Bridge on Saturday, January 5th. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Mulholland)

In the meantime can we wish all our supporters an enjoyable Christmas and look forward to meeting up in 2019.

December 9th

The Rail Rambler at Chorley on Saturday, December 15th will go ahead despite a lack of trains. We shall meet on the concourse of Chorley Bus Station for the walk to commence at 10.00. There is a good cafe on the Bus Station for those who arrive early. For those who are travelling by car there is a car park adjacent to Chorley Railway Station with a modest charge for all day parking. The Railway Station is opposite the Bus Station.

We hope as many of our supporters as possible can make it to Chorley to meet up again after such a long period without our walks’ programme. See relevant page for details of the walk.

November 26th

Due to industrial action on Northern Trains the Rail Rambler to Skipton on Saturday, December 1st is cancelled.

November 22nd

Eleven people joined last Tuesday’s Community Rail Walk from Hoddlesden to Darwen. Despite the showers, the party enjoyed being out in the countryside and an opportunity to meet up and have a natter.

On Aushaw Moss above Roman Road

November 16th

Hope you can join our Community Rail Walk from Entwistle on Tuesday, November 20th – see relevant website page for details.

October 25th

Due to strike action on Northern Trains the Community Rail Walk on Saturday, November 10th is cancelled as is the Rail Rambler on Saturday, November 17th. However. we have decided that, come what may, the Rail Rambler to Chorley on Saturday, December 15th WILL take place as advertised as most people can reach Chorley easily by bus and/or car. This will give all our supporters a chance to meet up and enjoy a walk together at the end of what has been an annus horribilis for our organisation.

October 20th

Hope you can join us on our next Community Rail Walk on Tuesday, October 23rd starting from Ramsgreave & Wilpshire at 10.39 after the arrival of trains from Clitheroe and Blackburn. See relevant page for details.

New and amended future destinations added on Rail Rambler Programme Page

October 14th

Further strikes on Northern have been announced for Saturdays, October 27th, November 3rd & 10th so watch this space for further updates on our various planned walks. Please note: The Rail Rambler to Macclesfield on Saturday, October 20th is cancelled.

October 7th

Please note: The Community Rail Walk on Saturday, October 13th starting from Clitheroe Interchange at 09.56 WILL take place and the leader, John Barnes, will be there to meet walkers. Despite another Northern strike there will be a train service from Preston to Blackburn (non-stop) connecting into a train to Clitheroe. Also service buses connect to Clitheroe from various towns. This will be an opportunity to have a Saturday walk – something we haven’t been able to arrange for some time. See the relevant page for futher details.

September 26th

Eleven people joined today’s Community Rail Walk from Blackburn to Pleasington and discovered the beautiful countryside on the edge of Blackburn leaving the town via historic and scenic Corporation Park. Our next Community Rail Walk is on October 2nd starting from Mill Hill Station – come and join us.

On the walk the party passed underneath the massive Hoghton Viaduct which carries the Blackburn to Preston railway line

September 22nd

Community y Rail Walk on Wednesday, September 26th starting from Blackburn Sta at 11.09 – 8 miles easy. See relevant page for details

The RMT Union have announced three further strike days on Northern for Saturdays October 6th, 13th and 20th two of which coincide with Rail Ramblers

September 17th

The Rail Rambler to Edale on Saturday, September 22nd is cancelled due to strike action on Northern

September 15th

A new Community Rail Walks’ Programme has been produced by the Community Rail Partnership listing guided walks from October to next March. The walks are led by our leaders. Here is the link:

September 14th

This Sunday should see the commencement of the Ribble Valley Rambler service from Preston to Hellifield with a good connection to stations up to Carlisle and return. The National Rail Journey Planner shows that the return service has been retimed to later in the afternoon giving an opportunity for longer walks from stations in the Dales. We haven’t as yet drawn up a walks’ programme in case the service suffers from regular cancellations as did DalesRail. The timetable can be found on the Ribble Valley Rambler Walks’ Programme Page of this website but please check if the train is running before setting out to the station to catch it.

September 10th

Please note that the Community Rail Walk on Saturday, September 15th is cancelled as there is a strike on Northern on that day with no trains to Bromley Cross.

September 5th

No, this is not a mirage but an actual group of walkers on a Community Rail Walk from Rishton to Whalley yesterday. We have had so many cancellations and bus replacement of trains that it is some time since a walk actually took place. Here the group are climbing to Top o’th Heights above Rishton.

The group take a rest in Dean Clough with Pendle Hill as a backdrop.

August 29th

Our next walk is a Community Rail Walk on  Tuesday, September 4th – a six miles easy walk starting from Rishton Station and ending at Whalley. See the relevant website page for further details.

August 24th

We urge any regular DalesRail passengers to write an email of complaint about the regular cancellation of the service to David Brown, Northern’s CEO at

August 23rd

Please note that, sadly, the remaining DalesRail services have been cancelled making the 2018 season the worst in the 43 year history of the Lancashire service. Suffice to say that action is being taken to address the issues involved and, hopefully, these will be sorted out in time for next year’s DalesRail season.

August 13th

Twenty two supporters joined last Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Todmorden and Littleborough and had perfect walking weather for their walks along the Pennine edges on the Pennine Way. The members of the E party were rewarded with great views of a Lancaster bomber flying low overhead on its way to the Blackpool Air Show.

The E Party at Blackstone Edge

Lancaster Bomber

More photos on Gallery Page

August 10th

Additional information relating to the Rail Replacement Bus for Sunday’s DalesRail:

The bus will depart Blackburn at 09.55 calling at the nearest bus stop to R&W Sta and Langho plus calling at Whalley before arriving at Clitheroe  Interchange at approx 10.20. The train will depart Hellifield at 11.05. On the return the bus will leave Hellifield at 19.45 calling at Clitheroe at 20.15 and then intermediate stations to Blackburn then express to Preston & Blackpool

August 10th

Here are the arrangements for this Sunday’s DalesRail:

The DalesRail train from Blackpool North as far as Blackburn is cancelled. Instead passengers should catch the York train which departs Blackpool North  at 09.05 and Preston at 09.30 arriving Blackburn 09.47. NB At this moment we don’t know whether this train will stop additionally at Lostock Hall & Bamber Bridge.
At Blackburn a Rail Replacement Bus will meet the train and call at intermediate stations to Hellifield (times at intermediate stations not yet available) where a train will be waiting for it. This will only leave when the bus arrives and will call all stations to Carlisle as DalesRail does. The walks’ programme will go ahead, possibly amended to meet changed circumstances.
On the return journey the preceding Leeds train to DalesRail will be cancelled and will run instead in the path and at the timings of the DalesRail train. A Rail Replacement Bus will meet the train at Hellifield to return passengers to Lancashire.

August 7th

We hope to see a good turnout for the Rail Rambler to Littleborough  this coming Saturday(11th) after a period of so many disrupted and cancelled services. Our walks are along the Pennine edges with great views in all directions. Passengers travelling from Preston and Bamber Bridge please note that it is cheaper to book a return to Blackburn and another return from there to Littleborough.

July 29th

Today’s DalesRail service ran without any problems though the weather was awful. Let’s hope all goes well with the rest of the DalesRail Programme

July 23rd

Community Rail Walk this coming Saturday (28th) starting at Darwen and following paths to Roddlesworth, Brinscall, Withnell and returning from Pleasington – see relevant page for details.

July 22nd

Despite reassurances, the DalesRail service was cancelled again this morning. We are sure that regular DalesRailers and other intending passengers are very frustrated by the ongoing problems with the reliability of this service.

July 21st

We have received a communication confirming that the DalesRail service should run tomorrow as timetabled. There will be a connecting bus to Swaledale.


July 7th

The coming week is a busy one for walking opportunties with DalesRail tomorrow (8th), a Community Rail Walk on Wednesday 11th and  our monthly Rail Rambler on Saturday 14th which visits Bronte Country from Hebden Bridge and the weather is perfect so no excuses for not getting out and about!

June 20th

DalesRail Gallery 2018 Page now added

Please note that there are some printers’ errors in the DalesRail programme for Sunday, June 24th as follows: No E Walk and the D/E Walk should read Alight & return Garsdale. Otherwise all other walk details are correct.

June 18th

GM Wayfarer prices rose in May so that English Bus Pass Holders now pay £8.50 and others pay £13.50

June 14th

Another busy walking weekend coming up with a Community Rail Walk on Saturday from Rose Grove to Clitheroe (see relevant page for details) and DalesRail on Sunday.

June 13th

Last weekend was a busy one for our supporters with a Rail Rambler trip to the Furness Peninsula on Saturday and DalesRail on Sunday. The weather was perfect for walking though some of us were soaked in a short deluge near Kirkby Stephen.

Members of the D Party heading across the sands from Piel Island to Walney Island

DalesRail walkers heading down to Halfpenny House from Kirkby Stephen Station.

June 6th

Join us on our trip to the Furness Peninsula this Saturday, June 9th with our popular island hopping walk from Piel Island to Walney Island preceded by the caost path and ferry from Roa Island to Piel Island. For those who  like something more strenuous there is also longer walk from Dalton. See relevant page for full details.

May 27th

The DalesRail season finally got underway but not without a hiccup in that the return srvice was cancelled. However, with advanced knowledge, we were able to organise  connecting  buses at Settle from the preceding Leeds’ train. The weather for walking was perfect and everybody enjoyed the day..

D Party members heading down Crummackdale

May 23rd

Those who joined yesterday’s Community Rail Walk from Brierfield to Nelson via Barley enjoyed a beautiful journey in perfect weather conditions

May 20th

DalesRail cancelled today – not an auspicious start to the season to say the least. Let’s hope that reliability improves quickly to restore confidence.

Community Rail Walk on Tuesday, May 22nd – an easy 7 miles starting from Brierfield. See relevant page for details.

Some good news however! Northern have introduced a new Ranger Ticket called a Northern Explorer 55 West Day Ranger available to those aged 55 and over (Proof of age required). Valid after 09.30 on weekdays and any time at weekends and Bank Holidays on Northern trains only, it covers Lancashire, Liverpool, Cumbria and into parts of Cheshire and Derbyshire. This ticket  will be useful for Rail Ramblers to the Cumbrian Coast and some other destinations. Here is a link to the map showing the area covered:

 May 5th

The seventeen people who managed to join today’s Rail Rambler to Greenfield despite the disruption enjoyed  perfect walking weather and glorious scenery in the hills around Saddleworth.

D Party at Dove Stones Reservoir

May 4th

Amended Walks’ Programme & Future Destinations Updates on Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

April 30th

Please note: There aren’t any trains to Victoria from Preston this coming Saturday. Please see the Rail Rambler Programme Page for alternative travel arrangements.

April 21st

Perfect conditions for a country walk today and a very good turnout of Rail Ramblers to enjoy our two walks from Disley. Our next walk is on Tuesday when a seven miles’ route will be followed from Entwistle to Ramsbottom via Holcombe Moor and Peel Tower. Full details on the relevant page.

Arrival at Disley

April 17th

The weather is looking perfect for this coming Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Disley – see relevant page for details. The Preston to Manchester rail route via Bolton is open as normal too.

April 16th

The full DalesRail guided walks’ programme, timetable and fares are now available at

April 10th

Join our Community Rail Walk this coming Saturday, April 14th – a 10 miles’  moderate walk starting at Colne and following parts of the Bronte Way through Wycollar – see relevant page for details. Catch te 09.05 train from Preston calling at all stations to Colne.

April 4th

This Saturday’s (7th) Rail Rambler explores the high countryside and reservoirs to the east of Rochdale starting from New Hey. For full details visit the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme page.

April 2nd

Community Rail Walk this Wednesday -an 8 miles’ easy walk from Entwistle – see relevant page for details

March 28th

Fancy a walk this Easter then why not join our Ribble Valley Rambler Walk on Sunday, April 1st – a seven miles’ easy walk from Settle led by Hilary Bell. See relevant page for details.

March 24th

Those who joined today’s Community Rail Walk from Burnley Central to Brierfield enjoyed a pleasant, calm spring day with lots of interest and good company along the way. More photos on Gallery Page


Mach 20th

The 2018 DalesRail timetable is now on-line at

March 17th

The sixteen people who joined yesterday’s walks to and from Milnthorpe enjoyed a mixture of sun and snow showers – much better than was forecasted.

Members of the E Party heading out from Milnthorpe through the deer park of Dallam Tower. More photos in Rail Rambler Gallery

March 8th

Our next walking trip is the Rail Rambler to Carnforth and Milnthorpe with walks over Warton Crag and to Hawes Water and the Fairy Steps. Hopefully the daffodils will be in full bloom in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Come and join us. See the relevant page for details.

March 6th

Apologies to those who wanted to join today’s Community Rail Walk which couldn’t take place because the train was cancelled at Blackburn.

March 4th

Today’s RVR train was cancelled due to the weather. 2017/18 has been the most disrupted Rail Rambler season ever with strikes, cancellations and now severe weather taking their toll. However,we have a Community Rail Walk on Tuesday, March 6th which, hopefully, will take place – see relevant page for details.

March 2nd

Ribble Valley Rambler Walk – Sunday, March 4th

Please check on the Northern or Ribble Valley Rail websites on Sunday morning to see if the Ribble Valley Rambler train to Hellifield is running. Hopefully, conditions are now improving though there aren’t any trains to from Leeds to Carlisle at present. N.B. If the train to Hellifield is cancelled the walk will also be cancelled.

March 1st

The 2018 Dalerail Walks’ Programme is now published at

February 24th

Whilst the Rail Rambler to New Mills on March 3rd is cancelled due to industrial action on Northern, the Ribble Valley Rambler Walk on Sunday, March 4th will go go ahead as planned. Details of the walk can be found on the relevant page of this website.

February 21st

Another fine day and a chance to get some exercise and fresh air on today’s Community Rail Walk. Here is the party at Nick o’Pendle

February 17th

Thanks to all who made a special effort to join us on today’s walk along the Sefton Coast despite the disruption to train services. Nineteen people joined our two walks and after a grey start we were blessed with a gloriously sunny day.

Join us on February 21st for an eight miles’ moderate walk starting at Whalley – see relevant page for details

Members of the E Party near Hightown

February 12th

Our walks’ programmes are currently suffering from the vagaries of the weather, which seem to conspire to produce atrocious weather at weekends, and the ongoing electrification works between Euxton Junction and Salford which will close the line at weekends for some months ahead. As a result our supporters are finding it difficult to join us and we ask for their forbearance and hope that they can come along on walks where possible, even if it means using a car or bus to the nearest railhead or walk starting point. Our next walks on the Sefton Coast aren’t the easiest to reach by rail in normal circumstances. Trains are running from Wigan Wallgate to Southport and there is a connection from Preston by train to Wigan North Western and a short walk across to Wallgate Sta. and there is also a service bus from Preston to Southport. See relevant page for details.

Today’s Ribble Valley Rambler Walk went ahead despite the snow showers and biting wind and five intrepid people turned up. We used a relatively new section of the Pennine Bridleway for the first time. This crosses the Ribble on a new footbridge.

Pennine Bridleway Bridge over the River Ribble

Snowdrops in the snow

February 8th

Join us on our Ribble Valley Rambler Walk this Sunday (11th) when we follow a 7.5 miles’ circular route from Horton in Ribblesdale. See relevant page for full details.

February 4th

The ongoing weekend electrification works between Euxton Jct and Salford Crescent will continue until March 25th thus affecting travel arrangements for some of our forthcoming Rail Ramblers and Community Rail Walks so please check here before joining them. Please note: The Community Rail Walk on Feb 10th is cancelled but the Ribble Valley Rambler Walk on Feb 11th will take place.

January 29th

Please note the following changes to travel arrangements for this coming Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Marple. The changes are due to the railway between Euxton Jct and Salford Crescent being closed for electrification work. Here are departure times to connect with our 09.49 train from Piccadilly to Marple. Preston dep 08.09, Blackburn 07.18, Accrington 07.27, Burnley M/c Rd 07.38. Passengers joining at Blackburn ,Accrinton & Burnley will have to walk from Victoria to Piccadilly. Passengers from Bromley Cross, Chorley and Bolton will have Rail Replacement buses so please check times on the National Rail website.

January 17th

Just a reminder that we have a Rail Rambler this coming Saturday, January 20th with two walks from Carnforth to Lancaster and the weather forecast is looking good. Come along and join our friendly supporters. See the relevant page for details.

January 16th

Seventeen people joined the Ribble Valley Rambler Walk last Sunday and , despite the gloomy but dry conditions, enjoyed the circular walk from Settle via the Ebbing & Flowing Well, Giggleswick Scar and Langcliffe. More photos on the new Ribble Valley Rambler Gallery Page

The party heading through Giggleswick

January 9th

Join us on the next Ribble Valley Rambler Walk on Sunday, January 14th. The 7 miles’ moderately easy walk begins at Settle and heads out via Giggleswick to the Ebbing & Flowing Well and over Giggleswick Scar. Full details on the relevant webpage.

Giggleswick Scar

January 8th

Happy smiling faces at Hebden Bridge Station last Saturday for the first Rail Rambler of 2018. We were blessed with clear, sunny weather and distant views. More photos in Rail Rambler Gallery.

Community Rail Walk – Tuesday, Jan 9th see relevant page for details

January 3rd

Only six hardy souls joined yesterday’s Community Rail Walk from Bamber Bridge in the face of Storm Eleanor but the day was largely fine and the wind behind the party. The weather’s looking good for Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Hebden Bridge – sunny but cold.., so get well wrapped up and get out and join us.

January 2nd

Ready for some fresh air, exercise and friendly conversation? Then join us on tomorrow’s Community Rail Walk starting from Bamber Bridge Station at 10.20 or come along and enjoy the traditional start of our walking year at Hebden Bridge on Saturday, January 6th. All welcome! See relevant pages for details. N.B. There are no trains running to/from Bolton on Saturday and a Rail Replacement Bus Service is in operation.

Hebden Bridge, January 2017

January 1st, 2018

A happy New Year to all !



December 29th

Our first walk of 2018 will take place on Wednesday, January 3rd when an 8 miles’ easy walk start from Bamber Bridge Station at 10.21 following the arrival of trains from Preston and Colne.The walk will finish at Pleasington. See the relevant page for details.

December 19th

We extend Season’s Greetings to all our supporters, friends and website visitors

December 18th

Join us on our last walk of 2017 on Wednesday, December 20th – a Community Rail Walk statring from Ramsgreave & Wilpshire Station at 10.58. This 9.5 mile moderate walk explores field paths through Wilpshire and Whalley – see relevant page for details.

December 16th

Another good turnout of walkers for our last Rail Rambler of 2017 with two walks which followed routes out from Wigan. Members of the E party were surprised to suddenly emerge from the quiet wooded landscapes of the Haigh Plantations and Douglas Valley into the hustle and bustle of Wigan town centre. Meanwhile the C Party headed out across country from Wigan to Chorley.

December 12th

Forget the Christmas shopping and stress and enjoy a day’s walking with us this Saturday in Wigan’s surprising countryside. Not far to travel and fine weather arranged so no excuses. Meet outside Wigan North Western Station at 10.05. For full details of travel and walks see the relevant page.

Both parties meet outside Wigan North Western before heading out to discover Wigan’s countryside

December 9th

To-day’s Community Rail Walkers enjoyed wintry conditions and good company. Here the group walks by the River Ribble at Cuerdale

December 6th

Join us this Saturday, December 8th for a Community Rail Walk starting from Bamber Bridge Station at 10.20 after the arrival of trains from Colne and Preston. This 8 miles’ easy walk ends in Preston’s Avenham Park after exploring  the local countryside. A chance to avoid Christmas shopping crowds. See relevant page for full details.

 December 2nd

Twenty one people turned out for today’s Rail Rambler to Alderley Edge with rather murky conditions but not too bad underfoot. We were pleased to have three members of the Rail Rambles group with us. They are based in the Welsh Marches. This group was originally founded by Alan Howard when he retired to Shrewsbury. Alan, together with Howard Hammersley, also established Lancashire Rail Ramblers back in 1975. Below are members of our E Party on Alderley Edge.

November 30th

Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme for 2018 now added – see relevant page

November 27th

At last the weather is drying up and, hopefully, the ground too and the prospects for the weekend are good so no excuses for not joining us on our Rail Rambler to Alderley Edge this Saturday, December 2nd. We hope to welcome some members of Wales Rail who organise rail based rambles around Shrewsbury. Full details of walks and times on the relevant page.

November 21st

Despite a dreadful weather forecast and a delayed train, six people joined today’s walk from Gisburn over Weets Hill to Barnoldswick and had a bit of sunshine and no rain so,perhaps, the lesson of this is to ignore the forecast and get out into the fresh air.

November 16th

Rail Rambler to Garstang this Saturday for walks in the countryside towards the Bowland Fells – see relevant page for full details

November 13th

Thirteen people joined our Community Rail Walk from Accrington to Burnley via the old railway and Hameldon Hill. The weather was perfect for walking with distant views.

Descending from Hameldon Hill with Clowbridge Reservoir in the distance. More photos in the Gallery

November 9th

Community Rail Walk this Saturday(11th) starting from Accrington Sta at 10.03 –  9 miles moderate – see relevant page for further details.

Twenty three people joined our Rail Rambler walks at Chinley and enjoyed great weather and scenery.

October 31st

Two days of walking with Rail Ramblers this coming weekend. Saturday sees a Rail Rambler to Chinley and two walks on offer whilst Sunday has the Ribble Valley Rambler with a walk from Hellifield to Settle. See relevant pages for full details.

October 25th

The next walk in our programmes is on Wednesday, November 1st when a Community Rail Walk will start from Ramsgreave & Wilpshire Station. See the relevant page for details.

September 28th

Please note: The Community Rail Walk on Tuesday, October 3rd is cancelled due the rail strike on Northern trains

September 27th

Yesterday’s Community Rail Walk paid a visit to the Meccano Bridge at Nob End near Bolton on their tour of the town’s green spaces

September 24th

Community Rail Walk this Wednesday is an exploration of Bolton’s green spaces some of which will surprise you – see the relevant page for details.


September 18th

After quite a long gap in our programme, this coming Saturday (23rd) sees the beginning of our fortnightly Rail Rambler trips. This Saturday’s trip offers the scenic journey up the Cumbrian Coast as far as Millom. Both walks start from Green Road with the shorter walk following the coast round to Hodbarrow Point whilst the longer walk takes in the summit of Black Combe – see the relevant page for full details.

View from the train to Millom

September 9th

The Ribble Valley Rambler Walks’ Programme is now available on the relevant page.These walks are from the Sunday service from Preston to Hellifield which connects with the train to/from Carlisle.

August 16th

The weather forecast for Sunday is looking good despite earlier suggestions of hurricane remnants and rain so why not join a DalesRail walk -see for details

August 15th

What a difference a day makes. These two photos were taken last Saturday and Sunday. The top one shows members of the D Party at Chunal Moor above Glossop on a day of heavy showers which gave way to a sunny afternoon and the bottom photo is of the DalesRail  D Party near Garsdale on Sunday which was a gloriously sunny summer’s day.

July 31st

Our Community Rail Walks are proving popular this year with a dozen or more people joining each one. Our next walk is tomorrow from Clitheroe -see relevant page for details plus more photos in the Community Rail Walk Gallery

Some members of last Saturday’s walk

July 28th

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Bob Sanderson last weekend. Bob was a founder member of Lancashire Rail Ramblers back in 1975 and was a regular and reliable leader of our A walks for many years. In his latter years he would travel up from his home in Silsden to board the DalesRail train at Hellifield in order to meet his friends from Lancashire. We shall miss Bob’s quiet, unassuming presence and his wry sense of humour. Skipton Crematorium was filled with his many walking friends and fellow leaders for yesterday’s funeral.

Bob (back to camera) enjoying a good natter with fellow Rail Ramblers at Black Combe Summit in 1997

July 27th

Of interest to all walkers:

July 16th

A beautiful day for walking and a well loaded DalesRail train. The end of the day was rewarded with a view of Flying Scotsman flying through the Dales’ stations

More photos in 2017 Dalesrail Gallery

July 12th

A great day for a Community Rail Walk. Yes, this view is of Darwen from the golf course

July 11th

Hope you can join us on this Saturday’s Rail Rambler to the moors above Sowerby Bridge for a summer’s walk in the South Pennines – see the relevant page for full details.

July 9th

Community  Rail Walk this Wednesday, July 12th – an eight mile circular from /to Darwen – see relevant page for details

July 7th

Just a reminder that there won’t be a DalesRail train this Sunday as there is industrial action. DalesRail will be back on the 16th.

July 4th

A rather damp and drizzly day didn’t stop seventeen people joining our Community Rail Walk from Ramsgreave & Wilpshire Station to Whalley via Wilpshire Golf Course, Gt Harwood and Whalley Nab

Our party crossing Wilpshire Golf Course

July 2nd

Community Rail Walk this Tuesday, July 4th – a 6.5 mile walk from Ramsgreave & Wilpshire to Whalley – see webpage for details

June 22nd

Stop Press: The RMT Union has called a strike for July 8th & 9th so DalesRail won’t run unless the the strike is called off. Watch this space for further updates.

June 21st

Just a reminder that DalesRail isn’t running on June 25th and July 2nd. It will run on Sunday, June 9th and the walks will be as advertised for June 25th with a bus to Alston and Nenthead. See relevant pages for details of Community Rail Walk on July 4th and Rail Rambler on July 15th.

More photos added to Gallery pages

June 14th

This weekend offers two days of great walking with a very interesting Community Rail Walk on Saturday and four DalesRail walks on Sunday – no excuse for not getting out in the fresh air ! Fine weather forecasted too.

Meccano Bridge to be visited on Saturday

June 6th

Rail Rambler to Windermere on Saturday, June 10th – see relevant page for details

June 5th

Community Rail Walk this Wednesday – June 7th starting at Clitheroe – see relevant page for details.

After a delayed start yesterday’s Dalesrail train eventually reached Carlisle and passengers had to catch a bus from Clitheroe onwards to Settle for the midday train to Carlisle though some went back via Preston and arrived in Carlisle only thirty minutes later than by DalesRail. The C Walk went ahead, the Town Tour at Carlisle was also completed and other walkers managed to have a good day in fine weather.

One group of regulars enjoyed a walk from Horton to Settle despite the earlier delays


May 30th

The broad acres of Swaledale were the destination for many of last Sunday’s DalesRailers with a full coach taking them on the scenic ride via Hawes and The Buttertubs Pass to Reeth. More photos in the DalesRail 2017 Gallery

May 25th

The DalesRail season got off to a positive start with a reasonable turnout and fine weather. This Sunday’s (May 28th) has a coach link to Swaledale with guided walks. For those who don’t want to catch the caoch an alternative D Walk starts from Kirkby Stephen Sta. For details of timetable, fares and walks visit

Members of the D Party head out over Smardale Fell on the Coast to Coast Path

May 22nd

GM Wayfarer ticket prices have been increased to £13  and also £8 for those who hold an English Bus Pass. This latter rise is rather cynical as it excludes non-English residents from using the ticket at the reduced price and also many older people over 60 years of age. So much for encouraging use of local public transport.

May 15th

This year’s DalesRail season commences this Sunday, May 21st with a full programme of guided walks – see for details of timetable, fares and walks.

DalesRail Guided walk in Smardale

May 13th

Thirteen people joined the Four Parks and a Funeral Walk through some of Blackburn’s parks and countryside which included a visit to the grave of Blackburn’s Giant. Who was he? Visit the Commnity Rail Gallery for more.

May  9th

Join us on Saturday, May 13th for an exploration of some of Blackburn’s countryside and parks on a walk called, ‘Four Parks & A Funeral’. The nine miles’ moderately easy walk commences from Blackburn Station at 10.04 and will visit Griffin, Witton, Roe Lee and Corporation Parks as well as the old cemetery where an unusual grave will be visited. Lots of pleasant countryside and interesting history along the way.

View from Revidge Tank visited on the walk

May 7th

Seventeen people joined yesterday’s walks in Airedale enjoying the countryside above Bingley and Keighley. Some photos on the Gallery Page

May 4th

Special fare offer from Northern is with us again. Collect two tokens from local papers of the Johnston Press e.g. Lancs Evening Post, Burnley Express, Chorley Guardian, Nelson Leader, Clitheroe Advertiser and exchange them for £10 tickets for a day to any destination on Northern Trains only. Also can be exchanged for a £17.50 weekend ticket. See Northern website.

Sixteen people joined last Wednesday’s Community Rail Walk from Mellor Brook to Ramsgreave. The weather was perfect and the walk through the bluebells and garlic flowers and along the banks of the Ribble was full of interest. see Gallery for photos

May 2nd

Join us on Saturday,May 6th for our trip to Airedale with walks on the southern side of the dale which is less well known. Full details on the relevant page of this website. We shall arrive at Crossflatts at 10.55 and Keighley a few minutes later. For those living in Preston it may be cheaper and more convenient to travel by bus to Skipton and then by train from there. Check out the relevant timetables.

April 30th

The next Community Rail Walk on May 3rd starts from Blackburn Station with a short bus ride to Mellor Brook for an 8 miles’ easy walk down to the River Ribble at Osbaldeston returning through the woods and up through Ramsgreave to the station.

April 16th

The next Rail Rambler on April 22nd has Todmorden as a starting point. For many the tour of this quirky market town which was once on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border will be of interest. For others the opportunity to walk on the surrounding moors will be too good to miss. The choice is yours. See the relevant page for more details.

April 9th

Destinations for 2018 added to Rail Rambler Programme Page

Thirteen people joined last Wednesday’s Community Rail Walk from Pleasington to Brinscall and enjoyed a walk of great variety passing through several small hamlets with a lunch stop at Withnell Fold before continuing to Johnsons Hillock Locks and over the tops to Brinscall. More photos on the Gallery Page.

April 2nd

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th for our next Community Rail Walk which commences from Pleasington Station at 10.17 after the arrival of trains from Colne and Preston. The 8.5 miles’ moderately easy walk follows the L eeds-Liverpool Canal as well as visiting the old hamlets of Brimmicroft, Ollerton and Withnell Fold brfore heading through Heapey and the pleasant countryside towards Brinscall where we catch the bus back to Cherry Tree or Blackburn. See the relevant page for more details.

March 22nd

A strike on Northern Trains is planned for Saturday, April 8th – the date of our next Rail Rambler so watch this space for further news as to whether our walks are cancelled.

March 5th

Sixteen people were blessed with beautiful weather and long views on yesterday’s Rail Rambler to the Peak District making the trip a very enjoyable experience. Below. members of our D Party head across Stanage Edge


March 2nd

Weather’s looking good for Saturday’s Rail Rambler to the Peak Dstrict

March 1st

Thirteen people enjoyed today’s exploration of Darwen’s parks and countryside – a route along which Darwen is hardly seen and which surprises with its hidden cloughs, folds and packhorse trails as well as excellent parks

dsc03123 Our paty and public art in Bold Venture Park

February 26th

If you can’t join us on Wednesday why not come along  this Saturday(4th)for our Rail Rambler to the Peak District with two walks – the longer one starting from Hathersage and the shorter one starting from Grindleford. Both follow routes which take in some of the area’s best gritstone edges. Meet at Manchester Piccadilly in time to catch the 09.49 Sheffield train. For full details visit the relevant page on this website.

www-visitpeakdistrict-comStanage Edge

Join us on Wednesday, March 1st for our next Community Rail Walk when we have a circular walk around the edge of Darwen. This 8.5 mile walk takes in three of its beautiful and Listed parks as well as some surprising historic corners. See the relevant page of this website for full details.

sam_7352Sunnyhurst Woods

February 20th

Those who turned up for last Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Lancaster had a dry day despite the forecast and enjoyed varied walks through Lancaster’s hinterland. See Gallery for more photos

dsc03096Members of the E Party enjoying the delights of Williamson Park

February 14th

Lancaster is our next Rail Rambler destination this coming Saturday with the shorter walk taking in some of Lancaster’s best landmarks including its Roman Catholic Cathedral, Williamson Park and the Ashton Memorial plus the Lune Acqueduct. The longer walk explores the fell country behind the city and visits the excellent viewpoint at Jubilee Tower with its panoramic vista across the Lancashire Plain. Hope you can join us.

February 4th

An early start for Rail Ramblers today but they were rewarded with gloriously sunny walks through the Cheshire countryside including Tatton Park

dsc03031Members of the E party in Tatton Park

February 2nd

Here are details of train/bus connection to Manchester Piccadilly from Preston, Chorley & Bolton for Saturday’s Rail Rambler. Connections from Blackburn are as in the timetable. Thanks to Clive Burton for this information

Outward Saturday 04 Feb 2017

Depart Arrive Travel By Service Provider Duration




Bus 00h 40




Train NORTHERN 00h 48



Outward Saturday 04 Feb 2017

Depart Arrive Travel By Service Provider Duration




Train NORTHERN 00h 18




Train NORTHERN 00h 09

NB The Ribble Valley Rambler train will run as in the timetable . On Sunday the train to Blackburn is leaving Bolton at booked time so will connect with the Ribble Valley Rambler train.

It’s a bus at 0735 from Manchester Victoria to Bolton

January 29th

Three walks this week for your delight. Wednesday has a Community Rail Walk starting at Langho Sta, whilst on Saturday we have a Rail Rambler to Knutsford and on Sunday it is the monthly Ribble Valley Rambler with a walk starting from Horton in Ribblesdale. See the relevant pages for information.


January 22nd

dsc03021Twenty two people supported our walks around Kedal yesterday and enjoyed beautiful weather on the fells above Staveley and Burneside. Here members stop for a breather above Potter Tarn

January 9th

An excellent turnout at Hebden Bridge for our first Rail Rambler of the year though the weather was rather misty.

dsc03003Happy wanderers at Hebden Bridge Station

Our new Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme is now published. To print a copy visit the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page and see the link to print it

January 6th

We have been assured that the Ribble Valley Rambler train will run this Sunday and the guided walk will take place

January 1st

A happy and healthy New Year to all with its prospect of lots of interesting walks and good fellowship. We start 2017 with a Community Rail Walk on the 4th followed by our traditional New Year visit to Hebden Bridge on the 7th. Hope you can join us in 2017


December 18th

A very good turnout of twenty-one people for yesterday’s Rail Rambler walks and thanks to those who joined us. Our last walk of the year is this coming Wednesday when the Community Rail Walk follows another section of The Burnley Way from Hapton Station to Burnley via Hameldon Hill and Townley Park – a nine miles’ moderate route. The walk commences at 10.46. See  relevant page for details.

December 11th

Fed up of Christmas shopping, decorations etc and want some exercise and fresh air? Then why not join our last Rail Rambler of the year with walks starting from Chorley Railway Station and heading out into the pleasant countryside around Rivington and Anglezarke or on over Great Hill and Roddlesworth. See details on the relevant page

December 6th

Community Rail Walk this Saturday,10th starting from Entwistle Station at 10.36 with an 11 mile moderate walk to Pleasington – see relevant page for details.

Trains are running again to Hellifield from this Sunday after weeks of bus replacement services.

December 4th

Eighteen people joined our the two walks of our penultimate Rail Rambler of the year for an exploration of the countryside of West Lancashire around Parbold & Burscough

dsc02930E Party members having a break at Parbold Bottle

November 28th

This Saturday’s Rail Rambler takes us to West Lancashire for walks on the ridge near Parbold or across the mosslands which we rarely visit. We haven’t far to travel and the weather forecast is for dry weather – an opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise before the arrival of Christmas.

November 21st

dsc02884Sunshine all the way for those who turned out for last Saturday’s walks at Macclesfield in contrast to those under the clouds behind us

November 21st


November 14th

Good turnouts from our supporters on the last Rail Rambler and Ribble Valley Walks and, hopefully, on this coming Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Macclesfield with walks over the Kerridge Ridge with its distant views across the Cheshire Plain and to the Welsh Hills. The weather forecast is promising.

October 28th

Make the most of your walking opportunities in this beautiful autumn. We have walks  aplenty to tempt you outdoors  including a Rail Rambler to Delamere Forest on November 5th, Ribble Valley Rambler on November 6th and Community Rail Walk on November 12th. See relevant webpages for details.

October 26th

dsc02620A great day to be out on the moors – a view from yesterday’s Community Rail Walk from Todmorden to Stoodley Pike and back. More photos on relevant page.

More Rail Rambler destinations for 2017 added to Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

October 23rd

Make the most of the beautiful autumnal weather and join our Community Rail Walk this Tuesday, October 25th -a 6.5 miles moderately easy walk taking in Stoodley Pike and the ridge above Todmorden. Walk commences from Todmorden Sta at 10.56 after the arrival of the train from Blackburn, Accrington, Rose Grove & Burnley M/c Rd.

October 18th

After what seems an age, the next Rail Rambler takes place this coming Saturday with an opportunity to explore the Pennine town of Marsden and its connections to Last of the Summer Wine – with, perhaps, a poignant visit to Auntie Wainwright’s shop – and  the famous Standedge Tunnels nearby. Also arranged is an eleven miles’ walk on the adjacent Pennines for those who want a more challenging walk. Full details on Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page.

24763Standedge Canal Tunnel

October 6th

Ten people joined the Community Rail Walk last Tuesday and enjoyed a beautiful day walking from Burnley Barracks Station following The Burnley Way towards Padiham and returning to Hapton Station. The current ELCRP Walks’ Programme has a number of walks along sections of The Burnley Way

dsc02559Canal towpath near Burnley

October 3rd

Twelve people joined yesterday’s Ribble Valley Rambler Walk and had a great walk in glorious weather with ditant panoramic views.

dsc02530Our  party

dsc02533Heading to Moughton

dsc02538Crossing the wide open spaces of Moughton with Pen y Ghent as a backdrop

dsc02549We have some talented people on our walks

dsc02553Crossing the new footbridge over the recently installed sidings at Arcow Quarry

Johnson Press Newspapapers are repeating the Northern Vouchers. Collect three to obtain reduced tickets for use on Northern trains

September 26th

The first Ribble Valley Rambler Walk takes place this Sunday, October 2nd with a 6.5 miles moderately easy walk from/to Horton in Ribblesdale over Moughton and down to Dry Rigg Quarry where we will use the new footbridge over the recently installed rail siding then return to Horton via the rarely visited Foredale and on to the Ribble Way. DalesRail fares apply to this service. See the relevant page for train times.

project-gallery-arcow-quarry-3-1200x525pxNew footbridge

September 25th

Twenty four people joined our Rail Rambler to Piel Island yesterday but, unfortunately, didn’t reach it as the ferry wasn’t running due to the strong wind. Plan B was put into operation and we followed The Cistercian Way to Furness Abbey where some of the party returned to Barrow and the rest continued to Dalton in Furness.

NB Community Rail Walk this Wednesday, 28th, from Pleasington – see relevant page for details

dsc02510Heading along the causeway to Roa Island

September 23rd

Community Rail Walk on Wednesday, September 28th starting from Pleasington Station. A walk through the pastoral landscape west of Blackburn with a visit to an ancient hall – see relevant page for details.

September 12th

The last DalesRail of the season has run and now we can look forward to the Rail Ramblers of autumn and winter starting with our trip to Piel Island on September 24th with its ferry journey from Roa Island and a walk across the sands to Walney Island. For details see the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page but for a taster here are some photos from our last trip to Piel Island in September 2013

railramblers-2013-002Ferry across the Walney Channel to Piel

sept-14th-piel-island-12Setting off across the sands

sept-14th-piel-island-19Heading to Walney

September 7th

Last DalesRail of the summer this Sunday so come along  and enjoy a day out in the Yorkshire Dales

DSC02343Heading along the Coast to Coast Path

September 2nd

The Ribble Valley Rambler Walks’ Programme details have now been added to the relevant page on this website. We hope that you will come along and enjoy some autumnal, winter & spring walking in the Yorkshire Dales using the train

August 28th


Another enjoyable day’s walking on today’s DalesRail. For more photos see the DalesRail Gallery 2016 page

August 24th

DalesRail returns to its normal timetable this Sunday i.e. running through from Blackpool North

August 17th

Fourteen people joined our Harrogate Rail Rambler and enjoyed beautiful countryside, saw numerous Red Kites and perfect walking weather. More photos on the Gallery Page

DSC02329In the Valley Gardens, Harrogate

NB Community Rail Walk this Saturday – August 20th

August 9th

Join us this Saturday for a rare visit to Nidderdale and the countryside around Harrogate – see the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page for details of times and walks

August 8th

For the next two Sundays (14th & 21st) the DalesRail train will commence from Blackburn at its normal time with a connecting bus from Preston. The return train will run as normal to Blackpool North

July 28th

Community Rail Walk this Saturday starting from Colne – see relevant page for details

DalesRail this Sunday (31st) has a coach link and walks in Wensleydale – see for details

July 21st

Join us on Sunday’s DalesRail for guided walks from Horton, Appleby and Garsdale plus a snail paced tour of Carlisle. See for more details

Spot any familiar faces here?

DalesRail Sept 4th 2005 Horton to Settle

On the way to Horton in September 2005

July 14th, 2016

Join us on Saturday, July 16th for our trip to The Wirral and an opportunity to walk out across the sands to Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre Island – for details see the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

DSC01774Hilbre Island

July 11th

Community Rail Walk this Wednesday – see relevant page for details

More photos added in DalesRail and Community Rail Galleries

For a nostalgic film of the Settle-Carlisle taken in the mid 1960’s visit You Tube and type in ‘Film 5869’ and enjoy comparing the line back then and now. Ah – the good old days ??

DSC02004Settle Plant Pot Festival now on

July 5th

More photos added to DalesRail Gallery 2016. Next Community Rail Walk – Wednesday, July 13th with a rare opportunity to visit Eagle Crag an impressive landmark above Cliviger Gorge – see relevant page

June 21st

This Sunday’s DalesRail provides a rare opportunity to walk in the northern Lake District with a coach link from Appleby to the Ullswater area. Visit for details of the guided walks on offer

June 11th

Today’s Community Rail Walk – Four Parks & A Funeral turned into Two Parks and A Deluge as torrential rain fell as the party climbed Billinge Hill. After sheltering for some time it was decided to abandon the walk and try again next year. Twenty three people had joined us.

IMG_20160611_104330Craig Ward  recalls the history of Griffin Lodge & Park with the party before the rains came. (Photo courtesy Barbara Mulholland)

June 7th

Just a reminder – Saturday, June 11th – Four Parks and Funeral- see Community Rail Walks’ Page for details

May 30th

NB This Saturday’s D Walk at Buxton is 9 miles in length and not 11 as advertised.

DSC01735In Gunnerside Gill

More photos of yesterday’s walks now on the DalesRail Gallery Page

May 23rd

DSC01679The D Party on yesterday’s DalesRail on the lookout for big game ? More photos on the DalesRail Gallery Page.

May 20th

Northern are offering their £10 tickets to anywhere on their network after 08.45 weekdays and anytime weekends and are also offering a Sat/Sun two day ticket at £17.50. To qualify you have to collect two tokens from the usual newspapers including Clitheroe Advertiser, Nelson Leader, Colne Times, Burnley Express(Tues & Fri), Accrington Observer, Lancashire Evening Post, Blackpool Gazette, Chorley Guardian, Wigan Observer.

May 16th

To those passengers using yesterday’s cancelled return DalesRail train you must contact Northern either by obtaining the relevant claim form from your nearest manned station or using the internet link as follows:

Don’t forget to claim delay repay – two free tickets for 2 hours delay (or refund of half return fare.)…/cont…/61-claiy

May 15th

Oh dear, oh dear! The first DalesRail of the summer got of to an inauspicious start when the return train was cancelled due to a lack of driver. A coach brought passengers down the line from Appleby but interventions from leaders at Settle, where forty passengers were waiting, managed to get an additional coach to collect them and they made a train connection at Clitheroe to Blackburn and beyond. Let’s hope things improve in the weeks ahead !!

May 13th

During this year’s DalesRail season tickets can be used as Rangers i.e. they can be used to travel up and down the Settle-Carlisle Line between the furthest station booked to and Hellifield multiple times on the day of travel. Not a great offer considering the number of trains on a Sunday but an offer nonetheless.

May 12th

Community  Rail Walk on Saturday commencing from Blackburn – see relevant webpage for details

No need to remind you that Sunday sees the first DalesRail of the summer season. Visit for details

May 10th

Our next Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme is in preparation and details of next three Rail Ramblers are on the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

April 20th

Please note changes to dates and destinations of future Rail Rambles. Also the B Walk at Windermere has been changed to a circuit of The Fairfield Horshoe due to bus timetable changes

April 16th

Next Community Rail Walk – Tuesday, April 26th – an easy 5 miles from Mire Ash, Mellor to Ramsgreave & Wilpshire meeting at Blackburn Sta at 10.26 – see Community Rail Walks’ Page for details.

April 5th

Photos of the Ribble Valley Ramble walk to the summit of Pen y Ghent led by Hilary Bell last Sunday. photos courtesy of Clive Burton

IMG_3255Hull Pot

IMG_3252-1At the summit

April 4th

Community Rail Walk this Wednesday starting from Bromley Cross Sta at 10.29 after the arrival of the trains from Clitheroe and Bolton/Mcr. For details see the Community Rail Walks’ Programme Page

March 29th

Ribble Valley Rambler walk this coming Sunday – an ascent of pen y Ghent led by Hilary Bell – see relevant web page for details

March 27th

Next Community Rail Walk – Tuesday, April 6th. 9 miles moderate starting from Bromley Cross Station at 10.29 after the arrival of the trains from Clitheroe & Bolton. Return from Darwen. See Community Rail Walks’ Page for route details.

March 15th

Members of the Rail Rambler Committee and partners celebrated Richard Gilbert’s recent 80th birthday with a short walk and lunch at the Calf’s Head, Worston today

DSC01036Above Chatburn

DSC01039Swanside Packhorse Bridge

March 12th

Bus times for the Chipping Rail Rambler now on the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

March 8th

DSC01022Today’s Community Rail Walk from Hoghton to Cherry Tree was enjoyed by all despite a dull and murky day

March 7th

Twenty two people joined the stroll around Stockport yesterday and were surprised by the town’s historic centre, imposing public buildings and collection of museums. Perhaps most striking of all was the complete art deco interior of The Plaza Cinema – a gem.

DSC00961Stuart in full flow outside Stockport Parish Church

For more photos see the Rail Rambler Gallery Page

It was a busy weekend for our group as today was also a Ribble Valley Rambler with photos below courtesy of John Barnes,




March 3rd

Join Stuart and Aidan for an exploration of Stockport this Saturday March 5th- at least it won’t be muddy underfoot!! Meet at Manchester Piccadilly for the 09.49 train to Buxton, See Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page for details

February 18th

Two rural bus services reprieved – see Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page on Saturday, March 26th for details

February 7th

The awful weather is taking its toll on support for our walks with only eleven people turning out last Saturday. Fortunately, the rain was only light and the forecasted wind didn’t arrive. Let’s hope for better days soon. Appreciation must go to our leaders who not only have to turn up to lead on the day, whatever the conditions, but also  have to do a recce. And thanks to all our supporters who brave the elements to enjoy a day out.

February 4th

Twelve people joined yesterday’s Community Rail Walk from Church & Oswaldtwistle on a very pleasant sunny day with good views all around – see photos on the relevant Gallery Page. As ever, it proves that there is some good walking country around our towns

Join us on our next Rail Rambler to the Furness Peninsula on Saturday, February 6th. Two interesting walks in a beautiful area plus a scenic journey. See Rail Rambler Waks’ Programme Page for details

February 3rd

The 2016 DalesRail Timetable and Fares are published at     Walks’ programme to follow shortly.

January 24th

Yesterdays Rail Ramblers had a dry and enjoyable day’s walking on the tops above Littleborough. See Gallery for photos from the E party’s walk courtesy of Clive Burton and John Barnes

NB Some changes to dates and future destinations in the summer programme – see ‘Future Destinations’ section of Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme. The reason for this is that we have been asked to organise an extra Community Rail Walk on Saturday, June 11th as part of the Queen’s 90 th birthday celebrations – though not sure if she will join us?


January 10th

A happy, active and healthy New Year to all our supporters and ‘visitors’.

Only nineteen people braved a wet start to join us at Hebden Bridge. The rain soon cleared, the sun made a rare appearance and the day’s walking was enjoyed by all. See Gallery for photos.


December 19th

We send our best wishes for a happy and enjoyable Christmas to all our supporters past and present. Hope to see you in 2016. Our first walk is on January 3rd from the Ribble Valley Rambler train service followed on the 6th with an East Lancs Community Rail Walk and on the 9th the first Rail Rambler of the new season. See the relevant pages of the website for details.

December 13th

A printable version of the Jan to May 2016 Rail Rambler Programme is now available via this link to the East Lancs Community Rail Partnership website:

December 10th

As you may have read/heard, Arriva (German State Railways) will be taking over the Northern franchise from April with a massive investment programme in new trains and enhancement of many services in the coming years. Also, First have retained their management of the Trans Pennine franchise. Read what it means for services in Lancashire and Cumbria by going to the following link:

December 8th

Hebden Bridge walks added to Rail Rambler Programme page

December 6th

3500An unfamiliar view of a familiar location for DalesRailers – Appleby town centre after Storm Desmond did its worst. (Photo courtesy of The Guardian). Only ten people braved the elements to join yesterday’s Rail Rambler from Altrincham but those that did had a largely dry day – just shows the nature of our climate!


Congratulations to long time Rail Rambler, Annie Davies and husband Geof on their recent marriage!!

November 25th

Yesterday’s autumnal weather didn’t dampen the spirits of those who turned up for the Community Rail Walk from Todmorden and we were lucky to have more drier interludes than wet ones!

The next Community Rail Walk is on Wednesday, December 2nd  In the Footsteps of Jessica Lofthouse– see relevant webpage for details

DSC00617Some members of our party above Calderdale near Todmorden


November 22nd


Yesterday’s Rail Rambler parties had their first taste of winter walking in the snow on the Saddleworth Moors. A glorious day for walking with bright sunshine and clear views. Here the D Party members head towards Sugar Loaf Hill above Uppermill. More photos in the Rail Rambler Gallery.

November 17th

New dates and destinations for 2016 added to Rail Rambler Programme Page.

Hope to see a good turnout on Saturday at Greenfield with two excellent walks and fine weather forecast but the chance of a snow shower. Wrap up for winter!!

November 5th

The next Rail Rambler – Edale – will be held this coming Saturday, November 7th – see the relevant page on this website for details.

Nine people turned up for yesterday’s Community Rail Walk from Todmorden on a murky day but a route full of interest. Will have to repeat it in summer

Nov3rd 2015 LydgateAbove Lydgate in the Cliviger Gorge

November 1st

Twelve people joined today’s Ribble Valley Rambler walk from Ribblehead to Horton on a gloriously sunny and warm day -November? No, more like May! The next RV Rambler will take place on January 3rd.

DSC00547Near Alum Pot

Community Rail Walk on Wednesday, November 4th – see relevant page for full details

October 27th

Times of connecting trains for the rest of the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme are now listed under the relevant trip.

Fifteen people joined today’s Community Rail Walk from Accrington enjoying a walk in mild conditions on the tops above the town returning via the old railway from Baxenden.

DSC00528Only a mile from Accrington Station and in beautiful countryside – see Gallery for more views

Our next walk is on Sunday, November 1st using the Ribble Valley Rambler train to Ribblehead from where a six mile easy walk return to Horton in Ribblesdale. See the Ribble Valley Walks’ Programme Page for details.


September 27th  40th Anniversary Get Together


Over sixty people attended our event at Low Moor Club, Clitheroe after enjoying walks in the local countryside on a stunning autumnal day. lunch at the Club was followed by a slideshow of times past. More photos to follow on the Rail Rambler Archive Page

September 26th

A new Community Rail Walks’ Programme is out now and becoming available in manned stations and other outlets or visit the website at   and look on the ‘Walks’ page

September 24th

Hope  to see many of our supporters past and present at our 40th Anniversary celebration on Sunday at Clitheroe – see below for details.

September 19th

Thirteen people joined today’s Community Rail Walk to follow The Wyre Way from Poulton to Rossall and returning to Blackpool along the promenade and enjoying beautiful autumnal weather. More photos on Community Rail Walks’ Gallery Page.

DSC00183On the banks of the River Wyre  with Fleetwood in the background

September 15th

Ribble Valley Rambler Walks’ Programme details added to the relevant page

September 9th

Twenty one people joined our Community Rail Walk at Darwen yesterday. A lovely walk in the countryside around Hoddlesden with glorious weather. Details of the next walk on the Community Walks’ Programme Page

ELCRP WALK SEPT 8thHeading through the Marsh House area of Darwen

September 2nd

Lancashire Rail Ramblers now have a Facebook page – please log on to it so that we can increase our readership

August 28th

Most of our regular supporters are aware that we holding a special reunion on Sunday, September 27th at Low Moor Club, Clitheroe and we hope to see a large turnout of people who have enjoyed being part of our activities during the past 40 years. Some will be relative newcomers whilst others will be veterans but the pleasure and enjoyment of our days out across the years is what has given us great fellowship and lots of memories. We hope to see you on the 27th and details can be found on the handbill below. If you don’t want to walk just come along to the Club and meet there. Please let others know who may not see this information.

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Names aren’t necessary

August 20th

The DalesRail train will not run on Sunday, August 23rd due to engineering works at Blackburn

July 28th

A film crew from the Department of Transport is expected to be at Clitheroe Station to meet our party on Wednesday’s Community Rail Walk as part of a film about Community Rail Partnerships. We hope as many of our supporters as possible can turn out for this walk  – a nine miles’ walk to Whitewell. The walk will be in reverse to that advertised because of a change to the rail timetable due to the engineering works at Darwen.

July 11th

Seventeen people joined today’s walks on the Cumbrian Coast. The E Party enjoyed a sunny day and time on the beach near Askam with views across the Duddon Estuary to Black Combe with its cloud capped summit – the destination of the C Party

July 9th

New additions to Archive Page

July 8th

Hope to see you on this coming Saturday’s Rail Rambler (11th July) up the Cumbrian Coast with walks up Black Combe and around Askam in Furness. See ‘Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme’ Page for details.

June 11th

Twenty people turned today out to ‘Christen the Curve’. Despite a poor weather forecast the day was dry with warm afternoon sunshine. See Photo Gallery

June 5th

The next Community Rail Walk will be a 6.5 miles’ easy wildflower walk led by Christine Pickles starting from Clitheroe Interchange and not Lytham as advertised. The walk commences at 10.16 following the arrival of the train from Blackburn. For the route go to the relevant page on this website.


Please leave Sunday, September 27th free in your diary as we are arranging a get together on that date to celebrate our 4oth Anniversary. We are planning to have two short walks starting from either Clitheroe Interchange, following the arrival of the train from Blackburn/Manchester, or for those arriving by car, from Low Moor Club and these will be followed by lunch at the Club, a good natter and a slideshow. Hope to see you there. Please tell any former Rail Ramblers about this event as they may not see the publicity – all are invited. More details to follow in the near future.

May 29th

The DalesRail train will not run on Sundays, July 19th & August 23rd due to a total closure of Blackburn Station for works associated with the redoubling of tracks in the Darwen area.

May 22nd

Some of the information in the printed paper copy of the Rail Rambler Programme relating to ‘Ticket Information’ is incorrect. Please see the information the ‘Rail Rambler Programme’ page of this website for the amendments.

May 19th

Advanced Notice: For those joining the next Rail Rambler to Todmorden at Burnley Manchester Road & Accrington please book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge as this is a cheaper option than booking a Day Return to Todmorden due to a fare anomoly. The ticket to Hebden Bridge is valid for travel via Todmorden.

May 1st

New timetables out covering Preston/Blackpool to Manchester and Clitheroe to Manchester  during the period of Farnworth Tunnel work and redoubling of track at Darwen. See below for Glossop connection times from Preston & Blackpool

April 28th

2016 destinations now listed along with walks at Todmorden on June 13th

April 27th

Train times for May 9th to Glossop – see Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

April 10th

The 2015 DalesRail Timetable and Walks’ Programme is available to view and download on the communityraillancashire and dalesrail websites

April 5th

Rail Ramblers 2015 041Above Crimsworth Dean

Great walking weather, clear views and a good turnout for today’s walks in the Worth Valley with twenty four people joining our two parties. See Rail Rambler Photo Gallery

March 31st

Our Easter Saturday Rail Rambler walks are in the Worth Valley – an excellent walking area covering the Bronte Moors and the Worth Valley Railway. See our Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme page for details.

March 29th

Stuart Leese will be leading a two hour stroll around Appleby on Sunday, April 5th from the Ribble Valley Rambler train which leaves Blackpool North at 08.10 calling at Poulton 08.16, Kirkham 08.25, Preston 08.38, Lostock Hall 08.44, Bamber Bridge 08.47, Blackburn 09.04 then stations to Clitheroe 09.27 and on to Hellifield where the train connects with the Carlisle train. Have a scenic ride and a town tour.

Community Rail Walk – Wednesday, April 1st from Entwistle to Bromley Cross. For details see the Community Rail Walks’ Page.

March 22nd

Despite a lack of trains between Bolton & Manchester, twenty people made it to Piccadilly for yesterday’s walks. Both parties enjoyed their walks in spring sunshine.

March 20th

Our next Rail Rambler will take place tomorrow with a chance to walk in classic Peak District scenery around Grindleford. A good day is forecast so no excuses!

Twenty one people turned out for our trip to Ulverston on a day of low cloud and a fierce wind which whipped up waves in the Leven Estuary. See photos in the Rail Rambler Gallery

February 8th

Twenty four people turned out for yesterday’s walks in the Skipton area and enjoyed a beautiful, calm and often sunny day. The E party discovered countryside most had never visited before and were surprised by the variety of landscapes crossed.

January 29th

Howard Hammersley’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, February 17th at 13.00 at Carelton Crematorium near Blackpool. The family have asked for donations in memory of Howard to be given to the Heartbeat charity which provides support to people with heart problems. Link to website for donations:

January 27th

There is a walk from the Ribble Valley Rambler train on Sunday, February 1st starting from Hellifield and finishing in Settle for the return train. See our ‘Community Rail Walks Programme’ Page for further details. The walk is being led by Alan Holmes

January 22nd    Howard Hammersley 1938 – 2015

Howard Hammersley

It is with much sadness that we learnt of the death of Howard Hammersley who past away last Sunday after a short illness. Howard, together with the late Alan Howard, established Lancashire Rail Ramblers in 1975 in response to a request from British Rail to help them organise a series of ramblers’  excursion trains. So successful were the initial trips that the number of excursions grew each year and their popularity was such that most trains ran full. Howard gathered together a dedicated team of leaders who lead a very comprehensive programme of guided walks from each excursion. Many of those leaders still lead to the present time. Howard’s interest in local history and historical geography often saw him conducting town tours around the cities and towns at which the trains terminated. These destinations could be as far apart as Stirling and Swansea, Bath and Bangor.
All through the 1970’s and 80’s Howard was not only organising the twice monthly excursions, preparing handbills, researching information for his town tours, conducting recces, organising leaders but also holding down a managerial post with Baxi Ltd and helping to raise a family of five children.
When the excursion trains ceased to run at the end of the 1980’s Howard carried on organising Rail Rambler trips using local trains. Then in 1990/91 he was asked by Lancashire County Council to organise the walks’ programme for the summer Lancashire Dalesrail. Howard took on this task with relish ably supported by our committee members and other leaders. On most Sundays between Easter and October Howard would either be seated at the front of the train in his ‘office’ ensuring everything was going smoothly or walking down the train talking to passengers. He was still involved in Rail Rambler trips often leading historical talks on the walks he called ‘Past Landscapes’. Of these walks alone he had done eighty-three!
Why did Howard make such a commitment? Simply because he enjoyed doing it. He had become interested in railways and walking in his teenage years and the two naturally came together on days out with the Manchester RA. At university he studied historical geography which added to his range of interests. All these combined as he became involved with Rail Ramblers and he believed passionately in the importance and potential of public transport as a means to reach the countryside.
Howard had numerous interests. For many years he was a member of United Utilities Conservation, Access & Recreation Advisory Committee promoting the use of that company’s vast estates for recreation. He was a member of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society, Railway Performance Society, Chetham Society and Peak & Northern Footpath Society to name but some. Despite so much time spent in providing enjoyment for others he never sought publicity, awards or recognition. And countless thousands of people have enjoyed a day out in the countryside or historic town thanks to Howard’s hard work.
With the death of Howard Hammersley the community has lost a dedicated volunteer, Rail Ramblers a loyal and very good friend and the railway a committed and knowledgeable supporter. Hopefully, Howard’s legacy will live on as a testament to the idea that public transport and access to the countryside have the potential to be mutually beneficial in so many ways.

January 20th

Two more items added on the ‘Rail Rambler Arhive’ Page. Hope you enjoy them.

Fifteen supporters turned out at Lancaster and were lucky to have a better day than was forecasted. We even had some winter sunshine.

January 8th

The price of adult GM Wayfarer Tickets have increased to £12 but the over-60 Wayfarer is still £6

January 7th

2015 will see disruption to services between Preston, Chorley, Bolton & Manchester on different dates in connection with the electrification of that route. Please check on this website as to the Travel Arrangements for each Rail Rambler Walk to ensure up to date information.

January 3rd

A happy and healthy New Year to you all !! Twenty-eight of us turned out t0-day for the first walks of 2015. A wet, misty morning gave way to drier and brighter conditions at lunchtime and everybody enjoyed the opportunity to stretch their legs and get some fresh air


December 21st, 2014

We wish all our supporters a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and hope to see you all on January 3rd at Hebden Bridge for our first walks of the New Year

December 5th

Our new Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme (Jan-May 2015) is available and can be downloaded. Visit the Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme Page

December 3rd

A great day for a walk – eleven of us joined Peter Walker on an 8 mile Clitheroe Circular. More winter walking at Grange on Saturday – why not join us!!

Community Rail Walks 2014 008At Edisford Bridge

Community Rail Walks 2014 011Winter? Snowdrops in bloom in December!

November 23rd

Rail Ramblers 2014 031A pleasing turnout of twenty-four people joined our two walks at Parbold yesterday. After a misty start the sun came out and shone all day making for perfect walking though the overnight rain ensured mud was plentiful! Here, the E Party has reached the Leeds-Liverpool Canal near Parbold.

November 20th

Just a note regarding this Saturday’s Rail Rambler to Parbold – Parbold lies within the Wayfarer ticket zone so it may be cheaper to use a Wayfarer Ticket than to book a Day Return from your starting point.

More items added to Archive Page

November 9th

Eighteen people enjoyed Stuart Leese’s Leeds Lookabout yesterday as the mid-morning’s rain cleared after lunch. The party enjoyed looking at the city’s fine architecture, had a coffee stop at the City Varieties’ Theatre and a look inside at the famous auditorium and discovered the nooks and crannies of Leeds’ former port area amongst many interesting aspects of Yorkshire’s leading city. Thanks to Stuart for his work in preparing and leading this tour.

IMG_1354 Stuart in full flow on the Town Hall steps

IMG_1356Marks and Sparks’ first ever shop – The Penny Bazaar- a stall in Leeds Kirkgate Market

Photos courtesy of Clive Burton

October 23rd

Additional destinations for 2015 now added to the Programme – see the relevant page.

Don’t forget – this Saturday’s autumnal walks in Delamere Forest and surroundings – hope to see you!

October 21st

A new page  – Rail Rambler Archive – has been added to the website which may bring back happy memories of yesteryears. If you have, or know of others who have photos of Rail Ramblers then please let us know so that we can share them.

September 28th

Twenty people joined our walks yesterday and enjoyed a good day. Whilst the weather was not as good as forecast it was much better than the last time we walked on Coombs Edge back in March.

September 23rd

Hope to see you on this Saturday’s Rail Rambler to the Buxton area. Seems a long time since the last outing but we are now back on our fortnightly programme.

September 17th

Alas, the DalesRail season has concluded but those wishing to have a Sunday walk in the Dales can make use of the Ribble Valley Rambler service which runs from Blackpool North to Hellifield via Clitheroe and connects into the Leeds-Carlisle train. Lancashire Rail Ramblers have organised a 7.5 miles’ moderate walk on October 5th starting at Horton in Ribblesdale and taking in Moughton Scar and the rarely walked paths over Moughton Nab before descending to Helwith Bridge and back to Horton. Nab

September 15th

The last Community Rail Walk of the current season takes place this Saturday, September 20th – a 10 miles moderate walk commencing at Entwistle Station at 10.36 following the arrival of the trains from Manchester and Clitheroe. For details of the route see the Community Wals’ Page. A new Community Walks’ Programme will be out shortly and the next walk on that Programme will be on October 1st

July 12th

Many of our regulars were missing to-day but we still managed to have fifteen people out for a very warm day’s walking in and around Edale. The E Party members were even entertained on the way home on the weekly ‘Folk Train’

June 15th

Nineteen people joined our Rail Rambler walks at Marsden with good views and reasonable weather. Photos of the C walk on the Rail Rambler Gallery Page

June 5th

DalesRail Gallery 2014 page now added

June 3rd

Train times for the Marsden trip have now been published – see the RR Programme Page. Also on same page is a printable copy of the June to December Rail Rambler Programme.

May 15th

Over twenty people joined Howard Hammersley last Saturday when he led an exploration of Lancashire’s lost villages which were swallowed by Liverpool but retain their distinct identities within the city. Even the weather was kind to the party.

May 13th

The 2014 DalesRail season begins this coming Sunday – May 18th and we hope to see both our regular Dalesrailers as well as new faces ready to enjoy a day in the Dales or in Carlisle. As the hawthorn is in bloom the journey up Ribblesdale will be a scenic delight in itself.

The next Rail Rambler Programme is in preparation and the walks for July and August can be found on the relevant page of this website.

April 21st

We hope that you can join our next Rail Rambler walks which are on Saturday, April 26th and explore the fell country above Waddington in the Ribble Valley. The walks are described on the ‘Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme’ page.

Why not join Howard Hammersley on May 10th for one of his fascinating ‘Past Landscape Walks’. This one explores areas of Liverpool which were once villages in their own right but now swallowed up by the city but retain a village atmosphere.

March 24th

Fourteen people joined our trip to Chapel en le Frith for what turned out to be wintry walking conditions on the tops with snow, hail and sleet showers whipped along by a fierce wind though with sunshine in between. All survived the experience!!

Rail Ramblers 2014Our parties leaving Chapel en le Frith Station

March 20th

The next Community Rail Walks’ Programme should be available at stations and other outlets shortly. In the meantime, details of the next walk are on our Community Rail Walks’ Page as well as a link to a printable version for you to download.

Hope you can join us on our next Rail Rambler to the great walking area around Chapel en le Frith on March 22nd

March 10th

Sixteen people enjoyed Stuart Leese’s ‘Rochdale Revealed’ Walk yesterday discovering its hidden corners as well as its more well known landmarks

Rail Ramblers 2014 003Here the party are visiting the world’s first Co-op Shop in Toad Lane

February 17th

A printable version of the 2014  DalesRail Programme can be downloaded by going to this address:

which is on the Community Rail Lancashire website.

Be warned that if you type in into Google it will come up with an advert for Viagra as the link via Google has been hacked into. Alternatively type in communityraillancashire  and you can go into the DalesRail website from there.

February 11th

Lanter Pike2

Despite the lousy weather of the past two months hardy Rail Ramblers battle on and even see the sun occasionally. Members of the C Party at Lantern Pike last Saturday

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