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, August 15th           Middlewood & Disley

A rare opportunity to start walks from Middlewood Station and explore the area to the west of Lyme Park

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C Walk                                                11 miles moderate

Alight Middlewood & return Disley

Middlewood, Middlewood Way, Macclesfield Canal, Keeper’s Cottage, Andrew’s Knob, Gowrie Brow, Harrop Farm Fold, Sponds Hill, Lyme Park, Gritstone Trail, Disley

Your leader: Hilary Belllymepark_zps25b7fca7Lyme Park

E Walk                                                7.5 miles moderately easy

Alight Middlewood & return Disley

Middlewood Way, Elm Wood, Hagg Farm, West Parkgate, Lyme Park, Dissop Head, Rocks Farm, Disley

Your leader: Pam Smith

OS Map: Explorer OL1 The Peak District Dark Peak Area

Travel Arrangements: We will catch the 09.49 (Buxton) train from M/c Piccadilly to Middlewood. Connections depart Blackpool North at 07.40, Preston at 08.08 or 08.47, Wigan North Western 08.24 or 08.59. From Chorley the only alternative to the rail replacement bus is to catch the 07.40 from Euxton Balshaw Lane. From Clitheroe and Blackburn there is the 06.52 from Clitheroe to Victoria via Todmorden calling at Blackburn 07.19, Accrington at 07.27 & Burnley M/c Rd at 07.38

Booking Details: Passengers from should book a Day Return to Disley as using a Wayfarer is unlikely to reduce the cost of the journey via the routes taken today but you can check using the Journey Planner on the National Rail website. Using a Railcard will be better value in most cases.


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

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E Walk                                          8 miles moderately easy

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)



October 24th                 Arnside

November 7th                Edale

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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