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, 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. NB The party will catch a bus up the steep hill to Heptonstall and walk back down. 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


Saturday, May 9th                          Glossop

C Walk                                11 miles moderate

Alight Dinting & return Mossley

images Alphin Pike

Dinting, Padfield, Longendale Trail to Rhodeswood Reservoir Dam, Lad’s Leap, Pennine Way, Laddow Moss, Chew Res.,Hoarstone Edge, Alphin Pike, Abraham’s Chair, Mossley

Your leader: Alan Holmes

E Walk                       7 miles moderate

Alight & return Glossop

images 1Shelf Moor

Glossop, Lightside, Yellow Slacks, Dog Rock, Dowstone Clough, Shelf Moor, Little Clough, Mossy Lea Farm, Glossop

Your leader: Stuart Leese

OS Map: OS Explorer OL1 – Peak District Dark Peak

Travel details: NB There won’t be any trains between Bolton and Manchester on this date and a rail replacement bus service will be in operation. There are trains between Preston and Manchester via Wigan.

We shall meet at Manchester Piccadilly to catch the 09.46 train to Dinting & Glossop. Return from Glossop at 07 & 37 min past each hour. From Mossley at 40 past each hour.

Ticket Arrangements:Passengers from NE Lancs should book a Day Return to Darwen and then use a GM Wayfarer. Passengers from Blackpool/Preston should book a Day Return to Chorley or Wigan then use a GM Wayfarer. GM Wayfarer Tickets can be bought on the day of travel from ticket offices or from train conductors or up to three days in advance from manned stations or a shop with a PayPoint facility. The tickets cost £11 for adults or £6 for over 60’s. Other Wayfarer Tickets are available for groups and children.



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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