Rail Rambler Photo Gallery

2018

June 9th – Piel and Walney Islands

Heading to Piel Island (in background)

Lunch stop

Heading out across the sands to Walney Island

Crossing the sands with Piel Island on the horizon

One that didn’t make it !

May 5th – Littleborough

D Party heading out of Greenfield with typical handloom weavers’ house

On the Oldham Way

Dove Stones Reservoir

Glorious scenery

Stop for a breather and natter

A bit of an obstacle course! Trees blown down by The Beast from the East

April 21st  –  Disley

Arrival at Disley

Passing through Disley’s centre

Inspecting the Bow Stones – the remains of a Saxon cross

Entering Lyme Park

Descending to Lyme Park with great views

A view to Lyme Hall

March 16th  – Milnthorpe

Arrival at Milnthorpe

The E Party heading through the deer park at Dallam Tower

Snowdrops in profusion in the woods near Beetham

Negociating the Fairy Steps

Great views across to Arnside Knot and the Kent Estuary

Hazelslack Tower

February 17th – Sefton Coast

E Party near Formby

Heading through the dunes at Hightown

 

January 6th – Hebden Bridge

Rendevous at Hebden Bridge Station

E Party on the Pennine Way near Warland Reservoir

On the tops following the Pennine Way

Stoodley Pike ahead

2017

December 16th       Wigan Surprises

Both parties meet outside Wigan North Western Station

Both parteies followed the Leeds -Liverpool Canal out of Wigan passing most of the twenty-one locks which make up the Wigan Flight

Lock keeper’s cottage at the top lock

Haigh Hall and Country Park were a highlight of the walk

A festive lunch stop with shelter from a shower – note the cheeky use of cafe chairs

Grey snow? No a coating of paper mill waste

Pleasant woodland walking in the Haigh Plantation

Back in the hustle and bustle of Wigan’s Christmas shoppers

December 2nd      Alderley Edge

E Party neaer Nether Alderley

 

E Party on Alderley Edge

August 12th         Glossop

May 6th      Airedale

The E Party began their walk with a visit to Bingley Five Rise

Gongoozlers !

E Party posers (photo Clive Burton)

Old Bingley 9photo Clive Burton)

March 4th – Grindleford

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Three Musketeers head out of Hathersage

dsc03137North Lees Farm with its Bronte associations

dsc03139Members of the D party heading for the edges

dsc03148Great views to be had towards Rushup Edge and Mam Tor

dsc03144Lunch stop

dsc03149Heading back to Gridleford along The Sheffield Country Walk

dsc03151Padley Gorge

February 18th – Lancaster

dsc03097Ashton Memorial

dsc03101Admiring the snowdrops

dsc03105At the Lune Acqueduct

dsc03109Crossing the 1797 structure

dsc03111Signs of spring at Lancaster Priory

February 4th – Knutsford

dsc03033Our walk through Tatton Park was accompanied by a stream of planes taking off from Manchester Airport

dsc03035The E party with Tatton Hall in the background

January 21st – Kendal

dsc03011 E Party arrival at Staveley

dsc03013Heading to the fells

dsc03017Great views to be had in every direction

dsc03022Potter Tarn

dsc03025The power of a tree

dsc03023On Potter Fell

dsc03027Here comes the C Party

dsc03028Meeting of minds?

January 7th – Hebden Bridge

dsc03001Ready for the hills

dsc03004Members of the E Party in the mist at the Bride Stones

dsc03007The E Party on the Calderdale Way above Todmorden, the view becoming clearer as the mist lifted

2016

December 3rd – Parbold & Burscough

dsc02930‘On the Bottle’ Members of the E Party at Parbold Bottle on Parbold Hill

dsc02933Admiring the view from Parbold Bottle

dsc02932Views across West Lancashire towards Southport

dsc02934In Fairy Glendsc02935A view of Fairy Glen

dsc02938Apples in abundance in Parbold

img_4352-2C Party heading to Mere Sands Wood

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Leeds – Liverpool Canal, Burscough

November 19th – Macclesfield

dsc02877E Party members following the Macclesfield Canal

dsc02881Climbing to White Nancy above Bollington. Spot the aircraft landing at Manchester Airport

dsc02883At White Nancy

dsc02886On the Kerridge Ridge. Note the clouds to the north. Whilst we had sunshine all day it was rining and snowing in Lancashire.

dsc02889View across to Macclesfield Forest and the Cheshire Matterhorn – Shutlingsloe

dsc02896Teggs Nose

dsc02897Returning to Macclesfield we passed the original home of Hovis now apartments

September 24th – Piel Island

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Arrival at Roose

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Heading along the Cumbria Coast Path with Piel Island in the distance

dsc02511On the Cistercian Way

dsc02515Arriving at Furness Abbey

dsc02518Furness Abbey

August 13th – Harrogate

DSC02318 Heading for Almscliffe Crag

DSC02321Philip Birtwistle admires the panoramic views on offer from the Crag

DSC02320Clive Burton on top of the world!!

DSC02324Members of the D party at the Crag

DSC02328The party entered Harrogate via the beatiful Valley Gardens

March 5th – Stockport Stroll

DSC00996Beginning of our stroll in Stockport Market Place

DSC00992Market Hall & Parish Church

DSC00994Site of Stockport Castle – only the nameplate is a reminder

DSC00987Studying architectural details

DSC01001In Little Underbank

DSC00999View down into Little Underbank

DSC01003Interesting timepiece – don’t mean Stan!!

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DSC00982The River Mersey flows under central Stockport and glimpsed at recently restored Lancashire Bridge once marking the Lancashire/Cheshire boundary

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DSC00989Historic Underbank Hall

DSC00990Inside – a revelation!

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DSC00963Impressive facade of Stockport Town HallDSC00962Old A6 signpost

DSC00965Lunch stop St Peter’s Square

DSC00977The Plaza – a 1932 Art Deco gem

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DSC00971It even retains its original Compton organ

DSC01010The Three Shires another historic gem

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February 5th – Ulverston

DSC00796A select group of hardy Rail Ramblers alighted at Ulverston

DSC00797Signs of spring in Bardsea Churchyard to lift the spirits

DSC00798A  welcome, dry and sheltered spot in the church porch for lunch

DSC00800Climbing to the trig pillar on Birkrigg Common – we must visit here in summer !

DSC00802Dropping into Gt Urswick

DSC00803More signs of spring – we must live in hope of better days to come !!!

January 23rd, 2016 –  Littleborough

IMG_2992Climbing up to Blackstone Edge on the Roman Road

IMG_2996-1The view back down to Littleborough

160123(18) - 1-1 Our two parties meet on Blackstone Edge

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160123(23) - 1-1Crossing the M62 on the iconic Pennine Way Bridge

January 9th, 2016 – Hebden BridgeDSC00716 Members of the E Party ascending from Cragg Vale towards Keelham

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Heading across the ridge to Bald Scout Hill having had lunch at Stoodley Pike

DSC00720The Basin Stone above Walsden

(c) Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Same location around 170 years ago when the Chartists held a large rally at The Basin Stone to campaign for the right to vote

2015

November 21st, 2015 – Greenfield & Saddleworth

DSC00580Members of the D Party follow The Oldham Way towards the snow covered moorland above Dovestones Reservoir

DSC00585On the the reservoir path at Dovestones

DSC00588The D Party’s main objective ahead – The Pots & Pans

DSC00592A steady climb but worth it for the superb views towards Manchester and the Cheshire Plain

DSC00602The Pots & Pans

DSC00604And just beyond the war memorial for the Saddleworth villages built in 1923

DSC00612Back in the valley bottom and the return to Greenfield Station along the Huddersfield Narrow Canal

11046778_1931895380369069_9038579248297233678_nLikewise the C Party also walked in the first snow of the winter

11202851_1931895457035728_3753728630679377084_nIt could be a January scene at the Bishop Park War Memorial above Delph

July 11th, 2015- Cumbrian Coast

Rail Ramblers 2015 065Laving Askam with the Duddon Estuary in the background

Rail Ramblers 2015 066Costa del Cumbria??

Rail Ramblers 2015 068Members of the E Party

Rail Ramblers 2015 069A beach almost to ourselves!

June 11th, 2015   – Todmorden ‘Christening the Curve’

Rail Ramblers 2015 058The E Party heading across Dry Brinks

Rail Ramblers 2015 059The Leaning Tower of Stoodley as viewed by David Pryer!!

Rail Ramblers 2015 060Th’owd Codgers’ Bench

Rail Ramblers 2015 064Gongoozlers out in force

Rail Ramblers 2015 063Returning to Todmorden along the Rochdale Canal

April 4th, 2015 – Worth Valley

Rail Ramblers 2015 039Members of the E Party above White Hole at the head of Crimsworth Dean

Rail Ramblers 2015 046Recently born lambs – the farmer’s wife came to remove one from the ewe

Rail Ramblers 2015 043Approaching Oxenhope

Rail Ramblers 2015 044Arrived at Oxenhope Station just in time to see the arrival of a steam train

Family Photos 2015 017Another steam train as we followed The Worth Valley Way to Haworth

150404(7)_edited-1C Party at Bronte Bridge

150404(11)_edited-1Lunch Stop at Bronte Bridge

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150404(23)_edited-1The upper reaches of the River Worth on the Bronte Way heading towards Nelson

March 21st, 2015 – Grindleford

Rail Ramblers 2015 035Members of the D Party ascending to White Edge

Rail Ramblers 2015 037D Party members above Curbar with the Derwent Valley below

Rail Ramblers 2015 038C Party members awaiting their return train at Grindleford

March 8th, 2015 – Ulverston

Rail Ramblers 2015 024Beauty or Beast near Lindal in Furness?

Rail Ramblers 2015 026D Party at the trig pillar on Birkrigg Common

Rail Ramblers 2015 027Prehistoric stone circle on Birkrigg Common with a rough Morecambe Bay seascape as a backdrop

Rail Ramblers 2015 030Impressive gothic frontage of Conishead Priory

Rail Ramblers 2015 031At the rear the magnificent Kadampa Buddhist Temple

Rail Ramblers 2015 032The Temple’s interior

February 7th, 2015 – Skipton

Rail Ramblers 2015 020The Missing Link – the trackbed of the Colne – Skipton Railway

Rail Ramblers 2015 021New use for old dollytub

Rail Ramblers 2015 023Surely they don’t mean us!!

January 3rd, 2015 -Hebden Bridge

Rail Ramblers 2015 001 Friends old and new greet each other at Hebden Bridge Station

Rail Ramblers 2015 003Members of the E Party cross the footbridge at Blake Dean

Rail Ramblers 2015 004Beside the millpond at Gibson Mill

2014

November 22nd, 2014 – Parbold

Rail Ramblers 2014 034Members of the E Party admire the distant views across the Lancashire Plain

Rail Ramblers 2014 035Crossing High Moor

Rail Ramblers 2014 037Rails meet Rail Ramblers!

Rail Ramblers 2014 032Canalside at Parbold

Rail Ramblers 2014 033Dingley Dell also visited!

October 25th, 2014 – Delamere Forest

Rail Ramblers 2014 023Arrival at Mouldsworth – D Party

Rail Ramblers 2014 026Corn jungle

Rail Ramblers 2014 024On the Sandstone Trail looking to the Clwydian Hills

Rail Ramblers 2014 025Autumnal tints in Delamere Forest

September 27th, 2014 – Buxton

140927(19)_edited-2Members of the C Party on the summit of Chrome Hill

140927(11)_edited-1Girls on top at Parkhouse Hill

140927(14)_edited-1Striding along The Dragon’s Back

Rail Ramblers 2014 019Members of our E Party at Hob Tor

Rail Ramblers 2014 020Heading along Black Edge with Buxton belowRail Ramblers 2014 021Everybody had their cross to bear!

August 16th, 2014 – Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Walk August16th The E Party on Lumb Bank

Hebden Bridge Walk August16th (2)Amongst the heather on the Pennine Way above Knoll Top

Hebden Bridge Walk August16th (3)Descending through the beechwoods in Hebden Dale

Hebden Bridge Walk August16th (4)The riverside path alongside Hebden Water

July 12th, 2014 – Edale

Craig's walking Photos 2014 015Arrival of our train at Edale

Craig's walking Photos 2014 016Members of the E Party climbing out of Edale

Craig's walking Photos 2014 017At Hope Cross

Craig's walking Photos 2014 019Descending to Hope village with Mam Tor in the background

Craig's walking Photos 2014 020We were serenaded back to Piccadilly as the 14.39 was the weekly ‘Folk Train’

 

June 14th, 2014 – Marsden

140614(14)Members of the C Party following The Pennine Way at Great Hey Cote

140614(28)The C Party on West Nab

 

April 11th, 2014 – New Hey

Rail Ramblers 2014 013Members of the E Party descending to Piethorne Reservoir above New Hey

 

 

March 22nd,2014- Chapel en le Frith

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Members of the E Party climbing up to Castle Naze from the station with great views across to Combs Reservoir and Chapel en le Frith

Rail Ramblers 2014 010Traversing Combs Edge

March 9th, 2014  – Rochdale Revealed

Rail Ramblers 2014 001Thr party visited the grave of a famous dialect poet, Tim Bobbin, near Rochdale Parish Church

Rail Ramblers 2014 002Rochdale’s Town Hall comes under scrutiny

Rail Ramblers 2014 007The world’s first Co-op store in Toad Lane

Rail Ramblers 2014 005Can you remember your ‘Divi’ number Stan?

February 18th, 2014 – Alderley Edge

Rail Ramblers 2013 062The E Party near Wizard’s Den, Alderley Edge

Rail Ramblers 2013 063Enjoying the expansive views from the Edge

2013

December 7th, 2013 – Macclesfield

KerridgeMembers of the C Party heading northwards down the Kerridge Ridge to White Nancy

White NancyThe c Party at White Nancy

Climbing to White nancy, dec 7th 2013Heading the other way were members of the E Party climbing up to White Nancy from Bollington with great views over the Cheshire Plain and to the Pennines beyond

White nancy Dec7th 2013The E Party at White Nancy which was built in 1817 to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo

November 23rd, 2013 – Furness Vale

Rail Ramblers 2013 052Members of the E Party inspecting The Dipping Stones. Supposedly in years past vinegar was placed in the hollows so that coins could be disinfected during times of plague. More likely, the holes were sockets for two crosses as this location is near to the Cheshire/Derbyshire boundary.

Rail Ramblers 2013 054Crossing Whaley Moor with Black Hill in the middle distanc and the Kinder Plateau in the background. An excellent day for views.

Rail Ramblers 2013 055Descending into Lyme Park with the hall in the trees.

Kinder ReservoirThe C Party heading up towards Kinder Reservoir

 

November 9th, 2013 – Silverdale & Arnside

RRiThe C Party at Old Turnpike Bridge on the Lancaster Canal near Carnforth

RRiiAt The Pepperpot above Silverdale Village

RailRamblers 2013 051The D Party admiring the old chimney at Jenny Brown’s Point

RailRamblers 2013 052At Silverdale with Grange over Sands in the background

RailRamblers 2013 053Crossing the border at Silverdale

RailRamblers 2013 054Ascending Arnside Knott

RailRamblers 2013 055Spot the train on Arnside Viaduct

October 26th – Sowerby Bridge

October 26thMembers of the D Party heading out from Sowerby Bridge along the towpath of the Huddersfield Broad Canal

Copley Toll House

Inspecting the old tollhouse at Copley

RailRamblers 2013 008Looking down on Copley in Calderdale with a Halifax bound train crossing the impressive Copley Viaduct

gy601An old postcard view of Copley and its viaduct. The industrial village is still there and is a Conservation Area but the the large mill has been demolished.

RailRamblers 2013 013Autumnal tints on the trackbed of the old branchline from Ripponden to Sowerby Bridge

RailRamblers 2013 016Our party is dwarfed in this deep cutting which has a ‘lost world’ feel

RailRamblers 2013 018On the last lap through the beechwoods

September 14th, 2013 – Island Hopping to Roa, Piel and Walney

Sept 14th -Piel IslandJourney of anticipation

RailRamblers 2013 001After climbing the only hill of the day we had a fine view of Barrow Docks

RailRamblers 2013 003All aboard the Skylark!!

RailRamblers 2013 004Or was it The Jolly Roger?? Looking back to Roa Island with its lifeboat station.RailRamblers 2013 002Our party heading out to Piel Island on the ferry. In the view is The Ship Inn and ruins of Piel Castle.

RailRamblers 2013 006Lunch stop at The Ship Inn

Sept 14th -Piel Island (11)Now, where are we exactly?

Sept 14th -Piel Island (12)Heading out across the sands from Piel Island to Walney Island

Sept 14th -Piel Island (16)A look back to Piel with our party following the tracks of vehicles which also have to cross the sands to reach Piel Island

Sept 14th -Piel Island (17)Roa Island seems so near but the deep Walney Channel is an impassable barrier

Sept 14th -Piel Island (20)Walney – so near yet so far away!Sept 14th -Piel Island (21)Tailend Charlies?

RailRamblers 2013 007Have you got a light mate?

Sept 14th -Piel Island (22)Heading up Walney Shore towards Barrow in the distance and Black Combe forming a backdrop

June 8th, 2013 – Hathersage

Rail Rambler hathersage, July 15th 2013The D Party outside Hathersage Church

Rail Rambler, Stanage,july 15th,2013On Stanage Edge, Peak District

April 27th ,2013 – Burton in Kendal

130427(15) 130427(5)Photos of the ‘C’ Party taken by John Barnes

April 13th, 2013 – Littleborough

Rail Ramblers 2013 043The ‘D’ Party leaving Littleborough along the Rochdale Canal

Rail Ramblers 2013 045The party stopped to admire this well preserved 17th century yeoman’s house above Littleborough

Rail Ramblers 2013 046Climbing Blackstone Edge via the old packhorse route which is claimed to be Roman in origin. Note the cobbled surface and grooved central channel said to have assisted in the braking of wagons. Hollingworth Lake is in the distance.

Rail Ramblers 2013 048A welcome rest was taken at the ancient remains of the Aiggin Stone which was originally seven feet in height and used as a waymark. It marks the boundary between Lancashire (Greater Manchester) and West Yorkshire.

March 2nd, 2013 – Chinley

Arrival at Chinley March 3rd 2013Arrival at Chinley

Arrival at Chinley March 3rd 2013 (5)Dropping down to Hayfield on the Pennine Bridleway – fantastic views to Kinder

Arrival at Chinley March 3rd 2013 (11)Ascending Chinley Churn – Lantern Pike in the backgroundArrival at Chinley March 3rd 2013 (14)Enjoying the panoramic views from Chinley ChurnArrival at Chinley March 3rd 2013 (17)‘Me and my shadows!’

February 16th, 2013 – Grange over Sands

Grange 16th FebThe C Party heading for Bigland Tarn

Grange Feb 16thAt Bigland Tarn

February 2nd, 2013 – Airedale

Rail Ramblers 2013 039At the start of their walk the E Party visited Bingley’s famous Five Rise Locks. Here the party stand on the bridge at the bottom lock.

Rail Ramblers 2013 040Lunch was taken at The Druids’ Altar – a well known local rock outcrop overlooking Airedale

Rail Ramblers 2013 041The E Party crossing Harden Moor with distant views down Airedale

tn  The C Party enjoy the views over Airedale from the path under Pinfold Hill. If only the sky was as blue as this every day!

Feb 2nd 2013 At Hayhill Gill

January 19th, 2013 – Altrincham & The Bollin Valley

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Keeping to the public right of way! Geoff Sherrocks leads theE Party across a frozen arable field near Ashley

Rail Ramblers 2013 033 Passing Rostherne Mere

Rail Ramblers 2013 038This majestic avenue of beech trees in Tatton Park dwarfs our party

Tatton Park Jan 19th 2013A closer view of Tatton’s deer herd

Rail Ramblers 2013 024By Tatton Mere

January 5th, 2013  –   Hebden Bridge

The E party leaving Hebden Bridge, Jan 5th 2013The D Party leaving Hebden Bridge by the Rochdale Canal

Rail Ramblers 2013 008Crossing the beck in Cragg Vale

Rail Ramblers 2013 013In Cragg Vale

Approaching Cragg Vale Village, Jan 5th 2013The D Party approaching Cragg Vale Village

2012

December 8th 2012 – West Craven

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Ascending Weets Hill with Barnoldswick below

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Members of the E party at the summit of Weets HillRail Ramblers 2012 052

A snowclad Pendle from Weets HillRail Ramblers 2012 053Dropping down from the summit gave far reaching views northwards across Ribblesdale

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