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, March 7th – Ulverston

A scenic journey and good walking country in countryside and coast and an historic market town at the end

BB1014-053bOn Gunson Heights

C Walk                                                 13 miles moderately strenuous

Alight & return Ulverston

Ulverston, Kilner park, Swarth Moor, Pennington, Holdbiggerah, Marton, Standish Cove, Back House Moor Top, Gunson Heights, Kirby Slater Road, Rake Farm, Cumbria Way, Ulverston

Your leader: Tessa Rowe

1922821_117db2d2Birkrigg Common

D Walk                                             8 miles easy

Alight & return Ulverston

Ulversto, Bus to Lindal in Furness (fare extra), Candle Factory, Gt Urswick, Birkrigg Common, Bardsea Shore, Conishead priory, Salt Cotes, Rope Walk, Ulverston

Your leader: Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL6  English Lakes SW Area

Travel Details: Please note changes from Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme due to engineering works.

We will catch the 08.42 train from Preston to Barrow/Carlisle which calls at Ulverston. The connecting train from Blackpool North leaves at 07.35. From Bolton a coach will depart at 07.00 and calls at Chorley at 07.40 (arriving Preston at 08.10).  Connecting train to Preston from Blackburn leaves at 08.03 calling at Bamber Bridge at 08.18. From Colne the connection is at 07.03 calling at  Accrington at 07.51. From Clitheroe connection is at 07.05  (change at Blackburn)

Return from Ulverston at 15,41, 16.47 & 17.37

Booking Arrangements: Book a day Return to Ulverston


Saturday, March 21st – Grindleford

To-day we visit classic Peak District countryside and the ever-popular walking areas on the ‘Edges’


A view of Eyam Village

C Walk                                   12 miles strenuous

Alight Hope & return Grindleford

Hope, Brough Lane, Abbey Wood, Grange Farm, Foolow, Tideswell Lane, Eyam, Stoney Middleton, Knouchley Farm, Derwent Valley Way to Coppice Wood, Grindleford Station

Your leader: Hilary Bell

14202_6053417234cd47ef88b4f0On Curbar Edge

D Walk                                         9 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Grindleford

Grindleford, Hay Wood, Froggat Edge, Curbar Edge, Baslow Edge, Wellington’s Monument, Curbar, Bee Wood, Spooner Lane, Upper Padley, Grindleford

Your leader: Pam Smith

OS Map: Explorer OL21 South Pennines

Travel Details: Please note that there are changes from the printed Rail Rambler Programme for Blackpool, Preston and Chorley passengers.

The train from Blackpool North to Manchester Piccadilly departs at 07.35 and from Preston at 08.05. From Chorley there will be a rail replacement coach to Bolton at 07.56. From Clitheroe catch the train departing at 07.44 (change at Bolton for Piccadilly), Blackburn 08.07 or 08.34 (change at Bolton) and Colne at 07.23 (change at Blackburn and Bolton or travel to Manchester by bus). For start times at other intermediate stations consult the relevant Northern timetable. We shall catch the train to Hope and Grindleford which departs Piccadilly at 09.49. Return trains from Grindleford are at 28 min past each hour.

Booking Information: Book a Day Return to either Chorley or Darwen then use a GM Wayfarer* which is valid from these stations

* GM Wayfarer tickets can be bought on the day of travel from train conductors or up to three days in advance from manned stations or shops with a Paypoint facility. They can be used on buses and trains across a wide area of Gtr Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire. The tickets cost £12 for adults or £6 for those over 60 years (no proof of age required). Other Wayfarers are available for family groups and children. Most Co-ops, Spar and garages operate the Paypoint facility.


Saturday, April 4th  – The Worth Valley

Our Easter walks take us over into the wonderful walking country of the Worth Valley with its Bronte associations and famous steam railway

viewfrompenistoneView from Penistone Hill

C Walk                                14 miles strenuous

Alight Hebden Bridge & return Nelson

Hebden Bridge Sta, Bus to Haworth (fare extra), Penistone Hill, Stanbury Height, Far Intake, Bronte Bridge, Hill End, Buckley Farm, Ponden Reservoir, Old Snap, Bronte Way, Watersheddles Reservoir, Cross Bent, Pendle Way, Saucer Hill Clough,Will Moor, Caldwell Activity Centre, Catlow Bottoms, Catlow, Thaw House, Nelson

Your leader: Chris Thornley

Keepers Cottage, Oxenhope, BD22The Worth Valley above Oxenhope

E Walk                                                     7 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Station, Bus to Cock Hill (fare extra), Halfpenny Hole Clough, White Hole, Lane Head, Top of Stairs, Bond Clough Hill, Tom Stell’s seat, Millennium Way, Top of Stones, Lower Isle, Oxenhope, Worth Way to Haworth Station, Bus to Hebden Bridge (fare extra)

Your leader: Craig Ward

OS Map: Explorer Ol21 South Pennines

Travel Details: The train to hebden Bridge leaves Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at preston 08.37, Blackburn 08.55, Accrington 09.03 and Burnley Manchester Rd. at 09.12.  Connections from Bamber Bridge at 08.13 (change at Blackburn) and Clitheroe at 08.26 (change at Blackburn).For times at intermediate stations please refer to the relevant Northern timetable or National Rail website.

Change to travel from Manchester Victoria because of engineering work. A bus will depart Victoria at 08.35 arriving Rochdale at 09.15 and a connecting train leaves for Hebden Bridge at 09.24 arriving there at 09.48

Booking Arrangements: Those joining the C walk from Blackpool and stations to Accrington should book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge and use the return portion from Nelson. Those joining the E Walk should book a Day return to Hebden Bridge.


Saturday, April 25th           Heptonstall

Past Landscapes No 84 Heptonstall and Hebden Dale


Howard Hammersley was to lead this walk in the series he called Past Landscapes. This title reflected Howard’s passionate lifetime interest in the historical geography of the British landscape. It is perhaps fitting that to-day’s destination is to an area so rich in historical landscape detail. Stuart Leese has kindly offered to step into Howard’s shoes to lead us through this very special area.

Alight & return Hebden Bridge              5 miles  moderately easy

Hebden Bridge – Gibson Mill – Heptonstall – Hebden Bridge

Heptonstall is one of the ‘wonders’ of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines. Situated at the end of the long isolated moorland spur of  Heptonstall Slack, between Burnley and Calderdale, on an absolutely spectacular site at 100o feet overlooking the Calder, lies this ancient town. The foundation date is not known but the ‘Old Church’ , now a ruin, is thought to have been established as a chapel of Halifax some time between 1210 and 1215. Its list of ministers is complete from 1250 to the present day.

Within Heptonstall the whole structure of the ancient town may be seen. The early settlement with its domestic woollen indusrty and including original Wool Market Hall, many houses where the wool was woven, shops which served the inhabitants of the town and, most markedly, and from a slightly later period, the very first Wesleyan Chapel in Britain.

Heptonstall is a truly remarkable relic of a bygone age and where all the causeys eventually lead to the town centre. Foremost among these is the Long Causeway known for 900 years as ‘The Highway’ and marked with wayside crosses.

Heptonstall View

Travel details: The train to Hebden Bridge departs Blackpool North at 08.11 calling at Preston at 08.37, Blackburn )8.55, Accrington 09.03 and Burnley M/c Rd at 09.12. Connection from Bamber Bridge at 08.13(change at Blackburn),  & Clitheroe 08.26 (change at Blackburn). From Manchester Victoria catch the 09.16 Leeds’ train. For times at other intermediate stations consult the National Rail website.The walks will start after the arrival of both trains. Return from Hebden Bridge to Burnley, Blackburn etc. at 53 min past each hour. Trains to M/c Vic. at 07, 18 & 42 min past each hour.

Booking Information: Book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge



May 9th                       Glossop

June 13th                     Todmorden – Christening The Curve

July 11th                       Millom

August 15th                  Middlewood & Disley

September 26th           Windermere

October 10th                 Stockport Stroll with Stuart Leese

October 24th                 Arnside

November 7th                Edale

November 21st               Greenfield

December  5th                 Altrincham & The Bollin Valley

December 19th                Oxenholme

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