Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for January to May 2015 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website by clicking here:



Saturday, September 26th            Windermere

A perennial favourite – today’s walks are in Patterdale

600px-Stsunday   Seat Sunday Crag

B Walk                                       10 miles moderate

Alight & return Windermere

Windermere – Bus to Patterdale – Thorhow End, Birks, St Sunday Crag, Deepdale hause, Fairfield, Gret Rigg, Stone Arthur, Butter Crag, Grey Crag, hoe Top, Grasmere – Bus to Windermere

Your leader: Tessa Rowe

5460_3026543094d57daf9f17f4Grisedale Tarn

E Walk                                          8 miles moderate

Alight & return Windermere

Windermere – Bus to Patterdale – Follow Grisedale Beck to Grisedale Tarn, Little Tongue, Mill Bridge, Grasmere – Bus to Windermere

Your leader: Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL7 The English Lakes SE Area

Travel Arrangements: We shall catch the 08.26  (Edinburgh) train from Preston calling Lancaster at 08.42 and change at Oxenholme. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.40, Burnley M/c Rd at 07.05, Accrington at 07.14, Blackburn at 07.23 and bamber Bridge at 07.35. From Clitheroe catch the 06.52 and change at Blackburn.

Return from Windermere at 15.50 or 17.08

Booking Details: Book a Day Return to Windermere


Saturday, October 10th  – Paces Through the Past – Stockport Charm

An easy stroll with Stuart Leese

Stockport Town hall

Stockport town centre

An original half acre here may have garrisoned Roman legionnaires. Later a Saxon settlement, it took the name of Stoccen-port, a stockade market town. In the Middle Ages the landed gentry built their elegant homes around the ancient square.

The town prospered as trade and industry developed. Silk production came first followed by cotton. Stockport became recognised further afield. It’s ‘stoppart cloth’ was popular in London by 1610. Later, it was to become a national centre for the manufacture of fine silk hats. The charm of the old town can still be seen in the streets and alleys that wind around the hilltop on the south bank of the River Mersey.

For Bailiff’s and Lavender Brows, for Daw and Windy Banks, for the Dungeon and The Three Shires, for Baker’s Vaults and Underbank Hall follow us. Look out for The Ice House, the Dust Bowl and for the gleaming Glass Umbrella! We could also search for Enoch Hill’s missing leg and for a ‘7000 bed hotel’. Tales of Prince Rupert’s skirmish, of JOhn Bradshaw’s judgement, of Farmer Thatcher’s protest and of the end of the twice hung John Dean……….and, of course, lots more! Why not come and join us on this exploration of Stockport!

Travel Details: We will catch the 10.17 (Chester) train from Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport. A new timetable for trains to Manchester will commence on October 5th assuming that engineering work on Farnworth Tunnel is completed on time. After October 5th please check here for an update or check on-line or visit your nearest manned station.

Booking Arrangements: Depending upon the station you start out from it may be cheaper to book a Day Return to Stockport or, alternatively, book a Day Return to either Chorley or Darwen and use a GM Wayfarer (GM Wayfarers allow travel by bus and train across Greater Manchester, the Peak District and parts of Lancashire and Cheshire. They cost £11 for adults and only £6 for those aged 60 and over. They can be bought from at manned stations and from conductors on trains)


Saturday, October 24th                 Arnside

An opportunity to enjoy autumnal colours in an area of varied woodland and landscapes, the Arnside area is always a popular destination whatever the season

8-arnside-5012903A view from Arnside Knott

C Walk                                12 miles moderately strenuous

Alight Carnforth and return Arnside

Carnforth, Millhead, Wharton, Crag Foot, Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale, Woodlands, Arnside Tower, Arnside Knott, Arnside

Your leader – Trevor Whittaker

Autumn Leaves 3 (Large)Autumn in the Arnside woodlands

D Walk                         9 miles moderate

Alight Silverdale & return Arnside

Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, Yealand Storrs, Haweswater, Eaves Wood, Arnside Tower,Arnside Knott, Arnside

Your leader – Mike Smith

OS Map: Explorer OL7 – The English Lakes SE Area

Travel Details: We will catch the 08.42 (Carlisle via Barrow) train from Preston to Carnforth and Silverdale, calling at Lancaster at 09.02. Connections from Burnley Manchester Rd at 07.05, Accrington 07.14 or 07.49, Blackburn 07.23 or 08.01 and Bamber Bridge at 07.35 or 08.16. For all other connections please check local timetables or the National Rail website as there will be changes following engineering works.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Arnside


Saturday, November 7th                    Edale

Classic Peak District walking on today’s trip

nr19_005w Kinder Downfall

C Walk                                 12 miles strenuous

Alight & return Edale

Edale, Grindsbrook Clough, Fox Holes, Kinder Scout, Kinder Gates, Kinder Downfall, Sandy Heys, Upper Red Brook, The Edge, Fairbrook Naze, Seal Edge, Blackden Edge, Druid’s Stone, Ollerbrook Clough, Ollerbrook Farm, Edale

Your leader: Alan Holmes

IMG_3124Rushup Edge


E Walk                                   7 miles moderately easy

Alight Chinley & return Edale

Chinley, New Smithy, Wash, Chestnut Centre, Breck Edge, Rushup Edge, Harden Clough, Edale

Your leader:  Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL1 The Peak District Dark Peak Area

Travel Details: We shall catch the 09.49 (Sheffield) train from Manchester Piccadilly to Chinley & Edale. Please check your local timetables or National Rail website from mid October for details of connecting trains from your local station to Piccadilly

Booking Arrangements: Book either a Day Return to Edale or book a Day Return to either Chorley or Darwen then use a GM Wayfarer which cost £12 (£6 for those aged 60 or over – no proof of age required and ask for a 60+ Wayfarer). GM Wayfarers can be bought from ticket offices or from train conductors.


November 21st               Greenfield

December  5th                 Altrincham & The Bollin Valley

December 19th                Oxenholme


January 9th                   Hebden Bridge -returning from  Todmorden

January 23rd                     Littleborough

February 6th                     Dalton in Furness

February 20th                   Broadbottom

March 5th           Halifax – Paces Through the Past with Stuart Leese

March 26th                         Longridge & Chipping

April 9th                              Whaley Bridge

April 23rd                           Carnforth & Hutton Roof

May 7th                               Windermere

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