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AIMS

  • To discover, explore and document disused railway lines
  • To encourage interest in the walking and conservation of disused railway lines
  • To bring to the attention of the appropriate authorities those disused lines which we consider to be suitable for conversion into public footpaths or cycleways
  • To promote and assist with signposting, clearance of undergrowth and other maintenance work on converted lines
  • To create regional groups of the club throughout the United Kingdom with area teams to organise local activities
  • To bring together members of Railway Ramblers to walk the routes of abandoned railways in different parts of the country
  • To disseminate up-to-date information through reports, newsletters, etc.
  • To respect private property and the Country Code at all times
 

Above: Road-over-rail bridge on the Bishop Brandon Path in County Durham, a walk and cycle trail based on the former railway line from Durham to Bishop Auckland. Railway Ramblers would like to see more old railways converted for this type of use. (Julian Marko)
 

Above: Crouch End station could so easily have been used for fly-tipping, leaving the trackbed between the platforms littered with old cars, broken refrigerators and so on. Instead, it is part of a popular and well used railway walk from Finsbury Park to Highgate in the heart of north London. Thanks to the efforts of local authorities and groups like Railway Ramblers, you do not have to travel hundreds of miles to walk on a converted old railway line. 8 April 2000. (Richard Martin)