Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for June 2017 to January 2018 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website and the link is below:

http://www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk/2018%20Rail%20Rambler.%20January%202018%20to%20June%202018.pdf

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SATURDAY 20th January 2018                  Carnforth/Lancaster

C WALK – 12 miles easy

Alight Carnforth & return Lancaster

Carnforth – Hagg Wood – Lancashire Coastal Way to Hest Bank – Lancaster Canal – Slyne – Bottomdale Road – Halton – Bulk Bridge – Lune Valley Ramble to Lancaster. Leader: Mike Codd

Lune Acqueduct

E WALK – 8 miles easy

Alight Carnforth & return Lancaster

Carnforth – Canal South – Thwaite House Farm – Lawson’s Farm – Cole Wood – Cote Farm – Arncliffe Hall – Halton Road Bridge – Lune Aqueduct – Riverside Path South – Lancaster Rail Station.

Leader: John Barnes

Hest Bank Shore

OS Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL7 – The English Lakes South Eastern Area Ordnance Survey Explorer OL2 – Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area

TRAVEL DETAILS: We will catch the 08.42 train from Preston(to Barrow & Carlisle) calling at Lancaster 09.02. Connections to Preston depart Bolton at 07.40, Chorley 08.01, Accrington 07.51, Blackburn 08.05, Clitheroe 07.05 change at Blackburn. There is a Rail Replacement Bus from Blackpool North.

BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Book a Day Return to Carnforth. Check on Northern’s website to see if Advance Fares are available.

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SATURDAY 3rd February 2018                     Marple

C WALK – 11 miles moderate

Alight Marple return Glossop

Marple – Bottoms Bridge – Cowm Edge Way – Dansteads Farm – Mellor Hall – Chatterton Lane – Ayton Farm – Near Slack – Cowm Edge – Whitley Nab – Glossop. Leader: Chris Thornley

Heading to Cowms Edge

E WALK – 8.5 miles moderately easy

Alight and return Marple

Marple Station – Marple Locks – Midshires Way – Brabyns Park – Compstall Bridge – Mortin Clough – Beacon Houses – Lumn – Back Wood – Botham’s Hall – Cowm Edge Way – Far Woodseats – Sandylane – Brown Low – Sandhill Lane – Smithy Lane Farm – Brook Bottom – Hollywood End – Greenhill – Marple Bridge – Marple Station.

Leader: Craig Ward

Brabyns Park, Marple

OS Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1 – The Peak District (Dark Peak Area)

TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet at Manchester Piccadilly and catch the 09.49 (Sheffield) train. Connections depart from Preston at 08.20 and 08.47, Chorley 08.35,Bolton 08.57, Blackburn 08.08 (change at Bolton) or 08.33(change at Bolton), Clitheroe 07.45(change at Bolton), Accrington 07.58(change at Blackburn & Bolton)

Return from Glossop at xx07 & xx37 past each hour or Marple at xx09 & xx38 past each hour

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SATURDAY 17th February 2018                           Sefton Coast

C WALK – 12 miles moderate

Alight Ainsdale return Blundellsands

Big Balls Hill – Cloven le Dale – Fisherman’s Path – Sefton Coastal Path – St. Luke’s Church Road – Hightown Dunes – Coast Guard Station – Blundellsands Promenade.

Leader: Tessa Rowe

Hightown Beach

E WALK – 8 miles easy

Alight Freshfield return Blundellsands

Blundell Avenue – Sefton Coastal Path – St. Luke’s Church Road – Hightown Dunes – Blundellsands Promenade.

Leader: Geoff Sherrocks

Bludellsands

OS Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 285 – Southport & Chorley

TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet at Southport in time to catch the 0943 (Hunts Cross) train. Connections depart Bolton 0845; Wigan Wallgate 0905; Clitheroe 0745; Blackburn 0808 (change at Bolton); Chorley 0805 (change at Bolton or catch the 0840 from Balshaw Lane and change at Wigan). From Preston catch the X2 bus at 0815 to Southport. Return trains every 15 minutes to Southport; the train to Wigan and Bolton departs xx23.

BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Book a Day Return to Blundellsands

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SATURDAY 3rd March 2018                           New Mills

C WALK – 12 miles moderate

Alight New Mills (Newtown) return New Mills

New Mills – Redmoor Farm – Rocks Farm – Bowstones – Keepers Cottage – West Parkgate – Elmhurst Wood – Hagbank – Hague Bridge – Mousley Bottom – New Mills. Leader: Chris Dibbs

Heading to the Bowstones

E WALK – 8 miles easy Alight and return New Mills Central

Mousley Bottom – Hague Bar – Strines Station – Windybottom Farm – Bottom’s Bridge – returning to New Mills by the Peak Forest Canal.

Leader: Craig Ward

Mousley Bottom

OS Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1 – The Peak District Dark Peak Area

TRAVEL DETAILS: To be arranged

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SATURDAY 17th March 2018         Carnforth for Milnthorpe

C WALK – 10 miles moderate

Alight and return Carnforth

Carnforth – Millhead – Warton – Warton Crag – Piggeries – Leighton Hall – Grisedale – Red Bridge – Hawes Water – Leighton Beck Bridge – Fairy Steps – Longtail Wood – Deer Park – Milnthorpe

Leader: Nik Grounds

Leighton Hall

E WALK – 8 miles easy

Alight Carnforth return Arnside

Bus to Milnthorpe – The Park (Deer Park) – Beetham – Whin Scar – Fairy Steps – Leighton House – Leighton Beck Bridge – West Coppice – Hawes Water – Challan Hall – Railway crossing to Eaves Wood – Middlebarrow Plain – Arnside Tower – Red Hills (avoiding Arnside Knott) – Arnside.

Leader: Mike Smith

Arnside Tower

OS Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL7 – The English Lakes South Eastern Area

TRAVEL DETAILS:  To be arranged

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SATURDAY 7th April 2018                   Newhey

C WALK – 11 miles moderately strenuous

Alight and return Newhey

Newhey – Moy Hill – Rough Bank – Spring Mill – Cold Greave – Ben Heys – Lads Grave – Aggin Stone – Lydgate – Tunshill Lane – Carr Farm – Newhey.

Leader: Hilary Bell

Aiggin Stone, Blackstone Edge

E WALK – 7.5 moderately miles easy

Alight Newhey return Littleborough

Four Reservoirs and a Lake: Newhey – Barnards – Spring Mill – Ogden Reservoir – Kitcliffe Reservoir – Piethorne Reservoir – Rochdale Way – Turf Hill – Tunshill Lane – Castle Hill – Turnough – Hollingworth Lake Circuit via Hollingworth to Weighvers Way – Lane Foot – Ealees – Littleborough.

Leader: Pam or Alan Smith

Hollingworth Lake

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL21 – South Pennines

TRAVEL DETAILS:


SATURDAY 21st April 2018           Disley/Middlewood

B WALK – 12 miles strenuous

Alight Disley return Whaley Bridge Disley – Bentside – Green Lane – Bollinhurst Bridge – Cock Knoll – Cornfield Farm – Kettleshulme – Hollowcowhey Farm – Fox Hill – Pym Chair – The Street – Oldfield – Overton Hall Farm – Taxal – Whaley Bridge.

Leader: Peter Forkasiewicz

Kettleshulme

D WALK – 8 miles easy

Alight and return Disley

Disley – Green Lane – Bowstone Gate – Stag House – Elmhurst Wood – Disley.

Leader: David Pryer

Heading to Bowstone Gate

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1 – The Peak District Dark Peak Area

TRAVEL DETAILS: To be arranged

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SATURDAY 5th May 2018                    Greenfield

B WALK – 12 miles moderate

Alight Greenfield return Smithy Bridge

Greenfield – Huddersfield Narrow Canal to Diggle – Standedge Trail – Brun Moor – Castle Shaw – Castleshaw Upper Reservoir – Broadhead – Lower Slack – Oldham Way – Bowk House – Rooden Reservoir – Piethorne Reservoir – Spring Holes – Town Hill – Castle Hill – Hollingworth Lake – Smithy Bridge.

Leader: Chris Thornley

Castleshaw Reservoirs

D WALK – 9 miles moderate

Alight Greenfield & return Mossley

Bunkers – Long Lane – Yeoman Hey and Dove Stone Reservoirs – Chew Hills – Oldham Way – Intake Lane – Moor Edge Road – Mossley.

Leader: Geoff Sherrocks

Dove Stone Reservoir

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL1 – The Peak District Dark Peak Area.

TRAVEL DETAILS: To be arranged

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SATURDAY 9th June 2018             Piel Island & Walney Island

B WALK – 12.5 miles strenuous

Alight Dalton in Furness return Ulverston

Dalton in Furness – Rakes Cottage – Mouzel Farm – Rakes Lane – Moor Road – Stewnor Park – Dalton Moor – Long Slack Moss – Crag Height – Long Moor – Stone Circle – Kirkby Slate Road – Rake Farm – Hollowmire – Newbiggin – Old Hall Farm – Ulverston

Leader: Alan Holmes

Ulverston

D WALK – 9 miles easy

Alight Roose return Barrow in Furness Roose Station – Westfield Point – Roa Island – Ferry to Piel Island (fare extra) – Across the sands to Walney Island then up the coast of Walney to Biggar Bank – Bus to Barrow.

Leader: Tessa Rowe

Rail Ramblers setting out across the sands from Piel Island to Walney Island

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL6 – The English Lakes South Western Area

TRAVEL DETAILS:

Future Destinations

14th July                        Whaley Bridge

11th August                   Worth Valley

22nd September          Edale

6th October                  Lancaster Town Tour & Countryside

20th October               Macclesfield

3rd November             Littleborough

17th November           Windermere

1st December              Skipton

15th December           Chorley Circular Walk

2019

5th January                Hebden Bridge

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