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, June 13th           Todmorden via The Curve

At last!! After a few false dawns we are finally able to christen The Todmorden Curve and use it to reach the Todmorden area directly from NE Lancs. Rail Ramblers are already familiar with the excellent walking country around Todmorden and today we can enjoy another visit

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B Walk                                           13 miles moderate

Alight & return Todmorden

Todmorden, Low Hey Farm, Trough Edge End, Coolam, Rough Hill, Crook Hill, Fox Stones Hill, Pasture House, Chelburn Moor, Utley Edge, Warland Reservoir, Little Holden Stones, Langfield Common, Basin Stone, Rake End, Todmorden

Your leader: Chris Thornley

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E Walk                                                       8 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Todmorden

Todmorden, Bus to Lumbutts (fare extra), Hey Head Green, Langfield Edge, Pennine Way, Stoodley Pike, Swillington, Pennine Bridleway, London Road, Gut Royd Farm, Canal Towpath to Todmorden

Your leader:  Craig Ward

OS Map: Explorer OL21  – South Pennines

Travel Arrangements:  We will catch the 09.20 from Blackburn to Todmorden. This train starts from Clitheroe at 08.50. It calls at Accrington at 09.28 and Burnley Manchester Rd at 09.39. There is a connecting train from Blackpool North at 08.11 which leaves  Preston at 08.37. From Machester catch the 09.16 from Victoria and wait at Todmorden for the arrival of the train from Blackburn. Return trains from Todmorden to Blackburn leave at xx30min past each hour. There is a frequent service to Manchester.

Booking Details:
Book a Day Return to Todmorden except for passengers joining at Accrington & Burnley who should book a Day Return to Hebden Bridge as this is cheaper and valid via Todmorden ( a fares’ anomoly).


Saturday, July 11th         Millom/Silecroft

Rail Ramblers have been visiting the Cumbrian Coast for forty years and today’s walks reflect the area’s contrasts with an ascent of Black Combe and our first visit to the coastal area a round Askham in Furness

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B Walk                                                  13 miles moderately strenuous

Alight  Green Road & return Silecroft

An ascent of Black Combe. Green Road, Arnaby, Roanlands, Hazel Mount, Greystone House, Wrayslack, Windy Slack, Fenwick, Stoneside Hill, Whitecombe Head, Hentoe Hill, Black Combe Summit, townend Knotts, Silecroft

Your leader: Mike Codd


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E Walk                                                   7.5 miles easy

Alight & return Askham in Furness

Askham, Ireleth, Greenscoe Beck, Greenscoe Farm, Park Farm, Chapel Hills, Thwaite House, The Moors, Scarth Bight, Sandscale Haws National Nature Reserve, Roanhead Crag, Askham

Your leader: Craig Ward

OS Map: Explorer OL6 The English Lakes SW Area

Travel Arrangements: We will catch the train which departs Preston at 08.42 calling Lancaster at 09.02 and goes through to Askham and Green Road. Connections to Preston depart Blackpool North at 07.40 (or 08.11 if you hurry at Preston). From Clitheroe at 06.52 (or catch a bus to Preston/Blackburn). From Blackburn at 08.01, Bamber Bridge 08.16. From Chorley catch a bus to Preston.

Booking Details: Book a Day Return to either Askham in Furness or Silecroft


Saturday, August 15th           Middlewood & Disley

A rare opportunity to start walks from Middlewood Station and explore the area to the west of Lyme Park

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C Walk                                                11 miles moderate

Alight Middlewood & return Disley

Middlewood, Middlewood Way, Macclesfield Canal, Keeper’s Cottage, Andrew’s Knob, Gowrie Brow, Harrop Farm Fold, Sponds Hill, Lyme Park, Gritstone Trail, Disley

Your leader: Hilary Belllymepark_zps25b7fca7Lyme Park

E Walk                                                7.5 miles moderately easy

Alight Middlewood & return Disley

Middlewood Way, Elm Wood, Hagg Farm, West Parkgate, Lyme Park, Dissop Head, Rocks Farm, Disley

Your leader: Pam Smith

OS Map: Explorer OL1 The Peak District Dark Peak Area

Travel Arrangements: We will catch the 09.49 (Buxton) train from M/c Piccadilly to Middlewood. Connections depart Blackpool North at 07.40, Preston at 08.08 or 08.47, Wigan North Western 08.24 or 08.59. From Chorley the only alternative to the rail replacement bus is to catch the 07.40 from Euxton Balshaw Lane. From Clitheroe and Blackburn there is the 06.52 from Clitheroe to Victoria via Todmorden calling at Blackburn 07.19, Accrington at 07.27 & Burnley M/c Rd at 07.38

Booking Details: Passengers from should book a Day Return to Disley as using a Wayfarer is unlikely to reduce the cost of the journey via the routes taken today but you can check using the Journey Planner on the National Rail website. Using a Railcard will be better value in most cases.


Saturday, September 26th            Windermere

A perennial favourite – today’s walks are in Patterdale

600px-Stsunday   Seat Sunday Crag

B Walk                                       10 miles moderate

Alight & return Windermere

Windermere – Bus to Patterdale – Thorhow End, Birks, St Sunday Crag, Deepdale hause, Fairfield, Gret Rigg, Stone Arthur, Butter Crag, Grey Crag, hoe Top, Grasmere – Bus to Windermere

Your leader: Tessa Rowe

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E Walk                                          8 miles moderately easy

Alight & return Windermere

Windermere – Bus to Patterdale – Follow Grisedale Beck to Grisedale Tarn, Little Tongue, Mill Bridge, Grasmere – Bus to Windermere

Your leader: Geoff Sherrocks

OS Map: Explorer OL7 The English Lakes SE Area

Travel Arrangements: We shall catch the 08.26  (Edinburgh) train from Preston calling Lancaster at 08.42 and change at Oxenholme. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.40, Burnley M/c Rd at 07.05, Accrington at 07.14, Blackburn at 07.23 and bamber Bridge at 07.35. From Clitheroe catch the 06.52 and change at Blackburn.

Return from Windermere at 15.50 or 17.08

Booking Details: Book a Day Return to 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


January 9th                   Hebden Bridge -returning from  Todmorden

January 23rd                     Littleborough

February 6th                     Dalton in Furness

February 20th                   Broadbottom

March 5th           Halifax – Paces Through the Past with Stuart Leese

March 26th                         Longridge & Chipping

April 9th                              Whaley Bridge

April 23rd                           Carnforth & Hutton Roof

May 7th                               Windermere

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