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:

http://www.ribblevalleyrail.co.uk/2018%20Rail%20Rambler.%20July%202018%20to%20January%202019.pdf


SATURDAY, 14th July 2018 – Worth Valley

Classic Yorkshire moorland walking in Bronte Country

C WALK – 12 miles strenuous

Alight Hebden Bridge & return Colne.

Hebden Bridge – Bus to Haworth – Lower Oldfield Farm – Lumb Foot – Oldfield – Hob Lane – Ponden Hall – Whitestone – Bronte Way – Watersheddies Reservoir – Cross Bent – Smithy Clough – Wycoller – Covey Bridge – Cotton Tree – Colne.

Leader: Mike Codd

Bronte Way

E WALK – 7 miles moderately easy

Alight and return Hebden Bridge.

Bus to Cock Hill – Halfpenny Hole Clough – White Hole – Calder/Aire Link – Top o’ Stairs – Via Conduit to Bond Clough Hill – Tom Stell’s Seat – Millenium Way to Upper Marsh – Mould Greave – Upper Town – Oxenhope Station – Bridgehouse Beck – Haworth Station.

Leader: Chris Thornley

Oxenhope

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL21 – South Pennines

TRAVEL DETAILS:  We shall catch the 08.50 train from Preston to Hebden Bridge which calls at Blackburn at 09.06, Accrington 09.14 and Burnley M/c Rd at 09.23. Connections to Preston from Blackpool North at  08.04 & 08.21, to Blackburn from bamber Bridge at 08.07 and from Clitheroe at 08.25. From M/c Victoria catch the 09.20 Leeds/Selby train. The walks will start after the arrival of both trains.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge

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SATURDAY 11th August 2018 – Littleborough

An opportunity to walk on the tops of the South Pennines with views across Greater Manchester and beyond

C WALK – 12 miles strenuous

Alight Todmorden return Littleborough.

Todmorden – Rake End – Gaddings Reservoir – Warland Reservoir – Pennine Way  – Love Foot – Littleborough

Leader: Nik Grounds

Near Gaddings Reservoir

E WALK – 8 miles easy

Alight and return Littleborough.

Bus to White House Pub – Blackstone Edge – Aiggin Stone – Robin Hood’s Bed – Pennine Way – Lad’s Grave – Rook Stones Hill – Windy Hill – New Nook – Higher Booth Hill – Syke Nab – Hollingworth Lake – Weighvers Way – Eales – Littleborough Station.

Leader: Craig Ward

Blackstone Edge

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL21 – South Pennines

TRAVEL DETAILS: from Blackburn catch the 09.19 train to Todmorden & Littleborough. This train calls at Accrington at 09.27 & Burnley M/c Rd at 09.38. Connections to Blackburn depart Clitheroe at 08.25, from preston at 08.50 & Bamber Bridge at 08.07. Connections to preston from Blackpool North at 08.04 & 08.21. From M/c Victoria catch the 09.37 (Leeds train) which starts at Southport at 08.24. The walks will commence after the arrival of both trains. Return form Littleborough to Blackbuern at 25 min past each hour, to Victoria at 02 min and 32 min past each hour.

Booking Arrangements: Book a Day Return to Littleborough

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SATURDAY 22nd September 2018 – Edale

Classic Peak District ridge walks on offer today

Rushup Edge

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 and the popular ridge walk

D WALK – 8 miles moderate Alight and return Edale.

Barber Booth – Chapel Gate – Rushup Edge – Mam Tor – Hollins Cross – Back Tor Bridge – Edale.

Leader: Chris Thornley

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 Clitheroe catch the 0825 which calls Blackburn 0848, change at Bolton on to the 0909 (Alderley Edge). Trains depart Blackpool North 0738, Preston 0824 or 0847, Chorley 0838; from Accrington 0813 changing at Blackburn and Bolton. Return from Edale at xx47.
Booking Arrangements: Either book a Day Return to Darwen or Chorley then use a Wayfarer Ticket* (available from ticket offices and conductors) or check before travel to see how much a Day Return is to Edale from your local station.*

*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.

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SATURDAY 6th October 2018 – Lancaster

An exloration 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

Lancaster

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

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SATURDAY 20th October 2018 – Macclesfield

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

Shuttlingsloe

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.

*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

2019

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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