Rail Rambler Walks’ Programme

A printable copy of our Walks’ Programme for January to May 2016 can be downloaded from the Community Rail Partnership website and the link is below:



Saturday, February 20th  –  Broadbottom

We make a welcome return to an area visited a few years ago and which surprised us with the variety of landscapes

252105Swineshaw Reservoir

C Walk                                10 miles moderately strenuous

Alight Broadbottom & return Glossop

Broadbottom, The Hague, Hollingworth, Lees Hill, Arnfield, Tintwistle, Swineshaw Res.,Glossop

Your leader: Hilary Bell

from-whitley-nab-towards-glossop-1086596Hargate Hill

E Walk                                  7.5 miles easy

Alight & return Broadbottom

Broadbottom, Gamesley Fold Farm,Hargate Hill, Cowm Edge Way, Far Slack, Moorside,Higher Chisworth, Far Woodseats, Leylands Farm, Broadbottom

Your leader: Pam Smith

OS Map: Explorer OL1 Peak District Dark Peak

Travel Details: We shall catch the 09.46 train to Hadfield from Manchester Piccadilly. Connections from Blackpool North at 07.42 or 07.53, Preston 08.10. 08.20 or 08.47, Chorley 08.22 or 08.34, Bolton 08.56, Clitheroe 07.45 (change at Bolton) From Accrington catch the 07.27 train to M/c Victoria and transfer by tram or on foot to Piccadilly. This train calls at Burnley M/c Rd at 07.38.

Return from Glossop at 07 & 37  min past each hour and from Broadbottom at 14 & 44 min past

Booking Arrangements: For those under 60 years it may be cheaper to book a Day Return from your local station to your destination rather than buying a Day Return to either Darwen or Chorley and using a Wayfarer (£12). Please check.Those over 60 years should ask for a Senior Wayfarer (£6). Wayfarer Tickets are available at booking offices or from the conductor. Passengers boarding at Accrington or Burnley M/c Rd should book a Day Return to Glossop or Broadbottom.


Saturday, March 5th

A Stockport Stroll with Stuart Leese & Aidan Turner Bishop

stockport-marketStockport Market Place

Stuart and Aidan have teamed up to take us on a stroll round a town well known by name but little known by familiarity so today’s visit is a chance to find out more about Stockport’s interesting past. From it’s Roman and Saxon origins to its industrial heritage,  there is much to discover so come and join Stuart and Aidan as they explore the town’s nooks and crannnies and streets and squares.

Travel Details: We will meet at Manchester Piccadilly and catch the 09.49 Buxton train. Connections to Piccadilly depart Blackpool North at 07.42 & 07.53, Preston at 08.10. 08.20 & 08.47, Chorley 08.22 & 08.34, Bolton 08.56, Clitheroe 07.45 (change at Bolton), Blackburn 08.08 & 08.34 (change at Bolton), Accrington 08.27 (to M/c Victoria then tram to Piccadilly) 7 Burnley M/c Road 08.38 (to M/c Vic then tram to Piccadilly)

Booking Arrangements: Several possibilities so choose the best option. Two people travelling together may find it cheaper to book a Duo Return to Stockport, otherwise single travellers might find it cheaper to simply to book a Day Return depending upon their stating point. Seniors (over 60) from stations in NE Lancs and Preston area may find it cheaper to book a Day Return to either Darwen or Chorley then use a Senior Wayfarer Ticket which cost £6. Wayfarers are available from booking offices and fron tain conductors. From Accrington & Burnley book a Day Return or Duo Day Return

Stockport_ViaductStockport Viaduct


Saturday, March 26th     Longridge & Chipping

A rare visit to this rural and beautiful part of Lancashire with its rolling landscape set against the backdrop of the Bowland Fells

C Walk                                           10 miles moderately easy

Alight Chipping Kirklands & return Longridge

Chipping, Old Hive, Fish House, Fell Foot, Parlick, Paddy’s Pole, Wolf Fell, Saddle End, Chipping

Your leader: Mike Codd

E Walk                                             8 miles moderately easy

Chipping, Leagram Hall Farm, Chipping Lawn, Park Style, Lickhurst Farm, Dinkling Green Farm, Long Knots, Knot Barn, Hodder Hole Wood, Greenlands Farm, Gibbon Bridge, Pale Farm, Startfants, Chipping

Your leader: Craig Ward

Travel Arrangements: Since our Walks’ Programme Leaflet was printed LCC have announced that the Blackburn ,Longridge, Chipping and the Clitheroe – Chipping bus services are to be withdrawn. As a result some changes will have to be made to the travel/walk arrangements.



April 9th                              Whaley Bridge

April 23rd                           Carnforth & Hutton Roof

May 7th                               Windermere

June 25th                            Wirral & Hilbre Island

July 16th                              Buxton

August 13th                          Harrogate & Lower Wharfedale

September 25th                   Piel Island & Furness Peninsula

October 8th                          Windermere

October 22nd                       Marsden

November 5th                      Delamere Forest

November 19th                    Parbold

December 17th                     West Pennine Moors

January 7th, 2017                 Hebden Bridge


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