Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for July 2018 to January 2019 can be downloaded from the Ribble Valley Rail website and the link is below:



SATURDAY 6th October 2018 – Lancaster

An exploration of the historic town of Lancaster and a chance to visit a relatively unknown corner of Lancashire’s coastline

Sunderland Point

C WALK – 10.5 miles easy

Alight and return 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 to Lancaster.

Leader: John Barnes


E WALK – 5 miles easy     Lancaster Revisited – A Town Tour.

Alight and return Lancaster

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 0842 from Preston. Connections to Preston depart Clitheroe 0725 (change at Blackburn), Colne 0709, Accrington 0740, Blackburn 0754, Bamber Bridge 0809, Blackpool North 0804. There is a frequent return service from Lancaster in the afternoon.

BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Book a Day Return to Lancaster


SATURDAY 20th October 2018 – Macclesfield

Today our walks are in the uplands of Cheshire and on into Derbyshire with great views to across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh Hills


B WALK – MACCLESFIELD-BUXTON            14 miles strenuous

Alight Macclesfield return Buxton

Macclesfield – Langley – Shuttlingsloe – Wildboarclough – Cut Thorn – Three Shire Heads – Orchard Farm – Dane Head – Axe Edge Moor – Ladmanlow – Solomon’s Temple – Buxton

Leader: Hilary Bell Congleton

Rail Ramblers at White Nancy

E WALK     8 miles easy Alight and return Macclesfield.

Bus to Langley – Tegg’s Nose – Windyway House – Kerridge Hill – White Nancy – Kerridge – Endon Hall – Swanscoe Hall – Hurdsfield – Macclesfield.

Leader: Pam Smith

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 268 – Wilmslow, Macclesfield & Congleton

TRAVEL DETAILS: We will meet at Piccadilly in time to catch the 0944 (Stoke) train. From Preston catch the 0847 Trans Pennine service which runs non-stop to Piccadilly; 0804 from Blackpool North connects with this train. From Clitheroe catch the 0825 which calls at Blackburn at 0848; change at Bolton on to the 0909 (Alderley Edge). From Accrington it may be better to travel via Todmorden on the 0721 which calls Burnley Manchester Road 0732. There is a frequent return service from Macclesfield. Trains from Buxton depart at xx00 and xx36.

BOOKING ARRANGEMENTS: Book a Day Return to Macclesfield or book a Day Return to either Darwen or Chorley and from there use a GM Wayfarer* (available from boking offices or from the conductor). Check before you travel to see if it is cheaper to book a Day Return through to Macclesfield from you local station or use the GM Wayfarer option. Those on the B Walk are advised to use a Wayfarer.

*GMPTE Wayfarer tickets can be purchased on the day of travel from ticket offices or train conductors. These tickets are valid from Chorley, Darwen, or from stations within Greater Manchester. They cost £13.50 or £8.50 for people who are holders of English Free Concessionary Bus Passes. GM Wayfarers can be used on both trains and buses within Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. Pick up a leaflet from manned stations or find details on the internet.

Future Destinations

3rd November             Whaley Bridge

17th November           Windermere

1st December              Skipton

15th December           Chorley Circular Walk


5th January                Hebden Bridge

19th January              Wilmslow

2nd February              Kendal

16th February             Parbold

2nd  March                 Broadbottom

16th March                 Grange/Cark

6th April                      Buxton

20th April                    Cranforth/Silverdale

4th   May                     Barrow in Furness Town & Country

8th June                      Wirral/Hilbre Island



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