Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

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

Hollins Cross from Mam Tor

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.

Clifftop path to Whitehaven

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

Sunderland Point

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

Caldy Hill

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.

Future Destinations


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




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