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 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. 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



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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