A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for January to June 2019 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website and the link is below:
SATURDAY 6th April 2019 – Edale
C WALK – 12 miles strenuous
Alight and return Edale.
Edale – Hollins Cross – Castleton – Cave Dale – Oxlow House – Rushup Edge – Chapel Gate – Lower Booth – Upper Booth – Pennine Way – Edale.
Leader: Chris Dibbs
Mam Tor Ridge
D WALK – 8 miles moderate
Alight and & return Edale.
Barber Booth – Chapel Gate – Rushup Edge – Mam Tor – Hollins Cross – Back Tor Bridge – Edale.
Leader: Trevor Whittaker
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1 – The Peak District Dark Peak Area
TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet at Piccadilly and catch the 0949 (Sheffield) train. From Preston catch the 0847 Trans Pennine service which runs non-stop to Piccadilly, the 0804 from Blackpool North connects with this train. Other connections to Piccadilly depart Preston 0824, Chorley 0838, Bolton 0854, Clitheroe 0725 (change at Bolton), Blackburn 0818 (change at Bolton), Accrington 0801 changing at Blackburn and Bolton. Return from Edale at xx47
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: For holders of Concessionary Bus Passes* the cheapest way to travel from Preston, Blackburn & Ribble Valley by train is to book a Day Return to either Chorley or Darwen then use a Senior GM Wayfarer Ticket (£9.20 available from conductors & ticket offices). For those aged 55 & over without a Bus Pass the cheapest option from all stations outside Gtr Manchester (except Chorley & Darwen from which it is cheaper to buy a £14 GM Wayfarer) is to buy an Northern Explorer 55 at £15 for travel on Northern Trains only.
From Accrington & Burnley the cheapest option is to travel by bus to Manchester then catch the train.
*Only those with Bus Passes are eligible to purchase a Senior Wayfarer.
SATURDAY 20th April 2019 – St. Bees/Whitehaven
In the days of the Rail Rambler excursion trains a trip up the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line to Whitehaven was an annual event as was the great clifftop walk via St Bees Head to the historic port of Whitehaven. Today we make a very welcome return.
D WALK – 8 miles moderate
Alight St. Bees & return Whitehaven
St Bees – South Head – St. Bees Head – North Head – Quarry Bungalows – The Beacon – Whitehaven
Leader: Craig Ward
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 303 – Whitehaven & Workington
TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet at Preston in time to catch the 0842 (Barrow) train which calls Lancaster 0900. Connections depart Blackpool North 0804, Bolton 0755, Chorley 0817, Colne 0709, Accrington 0740, Blackburn 0754, Bamber Bridge 0809, Clitheroe 0725 (change at Blackburn). At Barrow we will change on to the 1022 to St. Bees. Return from Whitehaven at 1522 or 1620
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: The cheapest ticket available for those aged 55 plus is a Northern Explorer 55 at £15 (n0 further discounts) which can only be used on Northern train services. Advance tickets are also available from certain stations but can only be used on specifically timed trains and these can be purchased on line at National Rail.
SATURDAY 4th May 2019 – Lancaster
Spoilt for choice today – a tour of historic Lancaster with lots to discover or a walk on along a historic section of Lancashire’s coast
C WALK – 10.5 miles easy
Alight and return Morecambe/Lancaster.
Lancaster – Bus to Combermere Road (Higher Heysham) – Middleton – Marsh Lea – Trailholme – Sunderland – The Lane – Sambo’s Grave – Alderley Bank – Carr Lane – Money Close Lane – Heysham Head – Chapel Hill – Coastal Way to Morecambe – Bus or train to Lancaster.
Leader: John Barnes
E WALK – 5 miles easy
Alight and return Lancaster
Lancaster Revisited. A Town Tour. You’ve been before. So for something new. For Binyon, Collins, Dickens and Sassoon. For Idle Apprentices, Honduras Mahogany and for the ‘Rare old house of Mr. Sly’. For Tenth Tercet, Victoria’s Breakfast and for, of course, the Reverend John Chippendale Montesquieu Bellow. An optional afternoon for the Black and White Canal and John Rennie’s ‘finest and largest masonry aqueduct in the country’. Oops! Nearly forgot. For the Savage Surgeon and those bodies under the bridge! Come and enjoy.
Leader: Stuart Leese.
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 296 – Lancaster & Morecambe
TRAVEL DETAILS: We will catch the 0929 from Preston. Connections to Preston from Blackpool North 0838, Bolton 0852, Chorley 0909, Accrington 0813, Blackburn 0823, Clitheroe 0725 (changes at Blackburn). Returning from Lancaster there is a frequent service.
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Book a Day Return to Lancaster or Morecambe
SATURDAY 15 June 2019 – Wirral/Hilbre Island
Wandering across the Wirral with the opportunity to walk across the sands to Hilbre
C WALK – NESTON & WEST KIRBY 12 miles moderate
Alight Neston & return West Kirby.
Neston – Parkgate – Wirral Way – The Dales – Old Field Farm – The Dungeon – Thurstaston Hill – Caldy – West Kirby.
Leader: Tessa Rowe
Heading for Hilbre
E or D WALK – WIRRAL WAY 7 or 10 miles easy
Alight and return West Kirby.
Grange Hill – Caldy Hill – Thurstaston Hill – Thurstaston Country Park – Wirral Way – Marine Lake – West Kirby. Optional visit to Hilbre Island (3 miles).
Leader: Geoff Sherrocks
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 266 – Wirral & Chester.
TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet in the concourse of Liverpool Central and catch the 1010 to West Kirby. Change at Bidston for Neston. From Preston there is a choice of route to Liverpool: either catch the 0826 to Ormskirk where you change onto the 0904 to Liverpool Central, or catch the 0830 to Lime Street which calls Euxton at 0840 and Wigan North Western 0851. Connections to Preston from Blackpool North 0804, Accrington 0740, Blackburn 0754, Bamber Bridge 0809, Clitheroe 0725 (change at Blackburn). Returning from West Kirby trains are every 15 minutes to Liverpool, from where trains depart to Ormskirk/Preston from Central at xx17 and Preston/Blackpool North from Lime Street at xx36.
BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: This depends on your starting point and route. It can be cheaper from Preston & NE Lancs to book a Day Return to Ormskirk then book a Saveaway Ticket from there. Otherwise book a Day Return to West Kirby. Please note that the Colne – Preston train continues onwards to Ormskirk.
13th July Windermere
10th August Buxton for the Edges
21st September Macclesfield
5th October Mytholmroyd for Ripponden
19th October Delamere Forest
2nd November Colne and Beyond
16th November Broadbottom
7th December Skipton
21st December West Pennine Moors from Chorley & Adlington
4th January Hebden Bridge