Upcoming Club Led Walks

 
Saturday Aug 22 20

Eigiau Tramway walk. Conwy (Wales) (10m)

NOTE: Re-arranged from previous weekend. The steep climb from the Conwy Valley floor is followed by an out and back walk along the trackbed of this 2’ gauge tramway (standard gauge until 1916) which operated from 1907 for the construction and subsequent maintenance of Llyn Eigiau dam until this burst in 1925. Panoramic views throughout and tramway relics and the remains of the dam towards the upper end.
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Saturday Aug 22 20

Irthlingborough to Titchmarsh (Northamptonshire) (10.5m)

A walk along the remains of the Nene Valley Line between Irthlingborough and Thrapston, crossing the river on a number of occasions. Within Thrapston, take in the line which crossed at right angles on its way from Kettering to Huntingdon, containing two viaducts. Continuing up the formation to the village of Titchmarsh.
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Saturday Aug 22 20

Postponed due to Rail Strike - Arkwright Town to Halfway (Derbyshire) (8m)

NOTE: This walk will be re-arranged to next April. Walk and includes Lunch in the café at Staveley Hall
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Saturday Aug 22 20

Horton Hospital Light Railway and Chessington South sidings (Surrey) (7m)

A walk along the private Railway built for the construction and subsequent maintenance of Central (Pumping) Station, Long Grove, and West Park Hospitals. The line began in 1905 as a contractor’s railway for the construction of Long Grove, which after completion was taken over by the LCC to serve all three Hospitals. It operated until 1950, by which time road transport rendered it uneconomic and was closed. The walk traces the route from the location of the Exchange Sidings adjacent to Ewell West Station through housing estates and fields before entering Horton Country Park, where most of the trackbed has been preserved as footpaths together with some railway relics. From West Park Hospital, follow a local footpath to view the newly cleared and re-laid sidings adjacent to Chessington South Station.
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Tuesday Aug 22 23

Railways of Kirkby in Ashfield; Mansfield & Pinxton Railway Part 2 (Derbyshire) (4m)

A walk visiting the complex junctions of old colliery lines immediately south of Kirkby in Ashfield including Portland Park. Followed by tracing the remains of the Mansfield & Pinxton Railway around Kings Mill including crossing the River Maun on the surviving stone viaduct. This walk is supported by the Steaming Back to Kirkby Project team
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Wednesday Aug 22 24

Cam Valley Part Two - Dunkerton to Limpley Stoke (Somerset) (6m)

The second part of the Cam Valley walk is from Dunkerton to Limpley Stoke and follows the former GWR branch line featured in the Titfield Thunderbolt film and the Somerset Coal Canal which preceded it.
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Saturday Sep 22 3

The Abbey Flyer, Watford to St Albans (Hertfordshire) (5m)

An opportunity to ride the rails and experience one of the last remaining branch lines to have escaped Dr Beeching’s planned closure in 1963. Opened in 1858 by the LNWR to connect St Albans to the London and Birmingham mainline at Watford. Close on their heels a GNR branch from Hatfield, arrived in St Albans in 1865. Eventually both branches were superseded in 1868 by the Midland Railway line direct from St Pancras that has enabled St Albans to become a major commuter town. The walk from the Abbey station along part of the disused GNR branch, (the Alban Way), emerging at St Albans City station. Then walk parallel to the Abbey line and visit some of the stations. In particular Park Street where it is possible to explore the long disused Napsbury rail link on an overgrown embankment. Continuing to Bricket Wood where the original station building is awaiting renovation and where in Victorian times a funfair and narrow-gauge railway were attractions
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Saturday Sep 22 3

Railways of The Lancashire Coalfield; Atherton Round. (Greater Manchester) (9.5m)

A walk around a number of lines that served the coal industry when it was important for the local area. Some of the lines/features on route include the site of the worst mining disaster in England (Pretoria Colliery), Chequerbent Bank Pits 3-4 Branch, Bolton and Leigh Railway to Atherton Junction, Howe Bridge West Sidings, Parsonage Colliery Branch, Speakman's Guest Street Branch, Gin Pit System and Shakerley (Nelson) Colliery Branch. Despite being in a suburban area there are varying landscapes, some built up and others surprisingly rural. In an area near Bedford Colliery, there is an area fenced off due to an underground fire in local workings.
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Saturday Sep 22 3

Railways and Tramways Around Boosbeck, Slapewath and Charltons (North Yorkshire) (6m)

A circular walk along lines associated with past tile manufacturing, also local alum and ironstone mining.
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Monday Sep 22 5

5 days walking from Donegal on The Swilly Trail (Ireland)

An itinerary of walks along the Swilly Trail from Donegal through Letterkenny and to Burtonport on the Atlantic Coast
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Saturday Sep 22 10

The Framlingham Branch (Suffolk) (9m)

A walk along the remains of the branch line that ran from Framlingham to Wickham Market Junction, which was closed in 1963, through to Wickham Market
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Tuesday Sep 22 13

Newcastle Area

A walk along some of the lines in Newcastle - to be determined
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Wednesday Sep 22 14

Glaisdale Moor Ironstone Tramway (Yorkshire) (3m)

A moorland walk on good paths with an easy inclined railway track to the moor top. Optional 3 mile circular extension at the end to trace the line of “Paddy Waddell’s Railway”
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Saturday Sep 22 17

Fledborough to Harby (Nottinghamshire) (6m)

A linear walk on a National Cycle Trail from the site and platform remains of Fledborough station, crossing the iconic Fledborough Viaduct and finishing at Harby. The walk follows the route of the old Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway.
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Sunday Sep 22 18

6 days walking in the Isle of Wight

Details to follow
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Saturday Sep 22 24

Tiverton Circular (Devon) (7.5m)

A Walk following the scenic Grand Western Canal eastwards from Tiverton and then returning along the former Great Western Railway branch line from Tiverton Junction to Tiverton.
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Wednesday Sep 22 28

Eigiau Tramway walk. Conwy (Wales) (10m)

The steep climb from the Conwy Valley floor is followed by an out and back walk along the trackbed of this 2’ gauge tramway (standard gauge until 1916) which operated from 1907 for the construction and subsequent maintenance of Llyn Eigiau dam until this burst in 1925. Panoramic views throughout and tramway relics and the remains of the dam towards the upper end.
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Monday Oct 22 3

A week walking in the Isle of Man

Details to follow
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Tuesday Oct 22 4

Baddesley Colliery Dugdale Estates Railway (Warwickshire) (5m)

A walk along the West Coast Main Line and Coventry Canal rail link remnants after initial walk along canal towpath to the Baddesley Wharf/Exchange Sidings site and then tracing as closely as now possible the private line to the Colliery. Continue on the course of the Midland Railway’s long-leased branch to Hall End Junction with the still active Birch Coppice line, then by field footpaths to suitable road access in the Freasley or Ward End areas. To register an interest in this walk contact Gas Hill on 0114 2752303 or 73 Norfolk Park Avenue, Sheffield, S2 2RB
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Saturday Oct 22 8

Weymouth and Portland (Dorset) (9m)

Travel from Weymouth to the Isle of Portland to explore the many tramways that survive as local footpaths and trace the former Weymouth & Portland Joint Railway back from Easton. This line closed to passengers in 1952 but now walkers can enjoy excellent cliff top views on a fine day.
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Saturday Oct 22 8

Railways of Trafford Park (Part 1) (Greater Manchester) (7m)

The first of two walks planned for this fascinating area explores the southern part of the formerly extensive system, last used in 2012. Full details of the route are to be confirmed but will include the former line past the Kelloggs Works to the Containerbase / Inland Port at Barton Dock and the lines coursing along and to the south of Trafford Park Road.
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Tuesday Oct 22 11

Swindon & Highworth Light Railway (Wiltshire) (5m)

A walk along the line through to Snell Bridge where the platform remains for Hannington Station. A detour is necessary at Snell Bridge to the outskirts of Stanton Fitzwarren rejoining at the nature reserve at Great Wood.
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Tuesday Oct 22 11

Lost Railways of Northampton (4m)

After looking around the station, the walk leader will be leading an updated exploration of railway routes south-west/south-east of the (ex-)Castle Station. The focus will be on the various changes to the local railway environment - including an examination of the huge amount of local historical information displayed at the station (latest rebuilding 2015) and of the positive effect on 'on the ground' railway investigation that the new University of Northampton campus has made. Lunch will be taken in the beautifully restored ex-Midland Railway locoshed there, now the Students' Union headquarters. Portions of the former Blisworth, Wellingborough / Peterborough and Bedford routes will be traced, together with the former St John's Street branch.
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Saturday Oct 22 15

Lyme Regis branch line (Dorset) (6m)

A Walk along as much of this former 6 mile line as is currently accessible which will include Combepyne Station and Cannington Viaduct. This wonderfully scenic little line came quite late on the railway scene, opening in 1903 and closed in November 1965.
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Tuesday Oct 22 18

Bettisfield - Whitchurch. Conwy (Wales/Shropshire) (8½m)

Following a guided visit to the well preserved listed station at Bettisfield, the walk includes the “floating” (on a raft of brushwood à la Chat Moss) section of the former Cambrian Railways main line across Fenn’s Moss, continues through Fenn’s Bank then follows a section of the Llangollen canal towpath and field paths before rejoining the trackbed on the outskirts of Whitchurch and following it as far as possible to the site of the junction with the former LNWR Shrewsbury-Crewe line.
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Saturday Oct 22 22

Dawlish (Devon)

A Walk along the sea wall from Dawlish to Dawlish Warren
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Saturday Oct 22 22

Bedford to Sandy - The Varsity Line (Bedfordshire) (9m)

A walk following part of the former ‘Varsity Line’ between Oxford and Cambridge. Starting at the location of the original Bedford St Johns station, crossing the River Great Ouse a number of times on original bridges. Passing through station sites at Willington, Blunham and Girtford Halt to Sandy, where the branch line crossed the East Coast main line to reach the dedicated platforms on the east side of the station
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Saturday Oct 22 22

Visit to Arlington Fleet Services and social (Hampshire)

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Saturday Oct 22 29

Bettisfield - Whitchurch. Conwy (Wrexham/Shropshire) (8½m)

Following a guided visit to the well preserved listed station at Bettisfield, the walk includes the “floating” (on a raft of brushwood à la Chat Moss) section of the former Cambrian Railways main line across Fenn’s Moss, continues through Fenn’s Bank then follows a section of the Llangollen canal towpath and field paths before rejoining the trackbed on the outskirts of Whitchurch and following it as far as possible to the site of the junction with the former LNWR Shrewsbury-Crewe line.
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Tuesday Nov 22 1

Nottingham Canal Ilkeston to Cossall (Nottinghamshire) (5m)

A walk following the old formation of the Great Northern Railway, crossing the iconic Bennerley Viaduct to join the Nottingham Canal. The walk follows the disused canal to the junction of the Robbinetts Arm to a footpath along the arm to the site of the old coal mine
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Thursday Nov 22 3

Haddiscoe - East Suffolk Railway (Norfolk) (6m)

The walk will start by viewing from a distance the remains of Haddiscoe High level station. Originally called St Olaves Junction the station was opened in 1859 and closed a century later. After a short walk adjacent to the existing 'Wherry line' the walk joins the trackbed of the former East Suffolk Railway to Yarmouth Southtown for a couple of miles.
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Saturday Nov 22 5

The Watlington Branch (Pt 1) - Princes Risborough to Chinnor track walk (Buckinghamshire) (3.5m)

An exclusive fund-raising walk and event hosted by the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, in aid of their “Independent Line Fund”. The 3.5 mile track walk to Chinnor will be guided and supervised by Railway volunteers.
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Saturday Nov 22 12

Circuit of London - Wandsworth to Acton (7m)

Starting from the site of the former Youngs Brewery in Wandsworth town centre, walk alongside the Thames to pick up a London Overground service from Imperial Wharf to Kensington Olympia. Then along the route of the former LSWR line that ran from Kensington Olympia to Hammersmith via Shepherds Bush and the former Hammersmith & Chiswick line to Acton South station.
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Saturday Nov 22 19

Spen Valley Walk (6.5 m)

A walk down the route of the L&Y Spen Valley line to Cleckheaton Central Station site then cross the valley to the rarely-visited site of Cleckheaton Spen Station and continue down the LNWR's 'New Line' as far as Heckmondwike Spen Station, walking under the remarkable 5-in-a-row overbridges carrying various routes out of the town. Then to the supermarket on the site of the former Heckmondwike Central Station. Return on the route of the L&Y line through Liversedge Central Station site back to Cleckheaton.
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Saturday Nov 22 19

Stoke on Trent to Meir Hay (Staffordshire) (8m)

A walk following the extant track to the old junction of the Longton, Adderley Green and Bucknall mineral railway that closed in 1964. This served collieries through the Potteries coalfields through to Milford Junction on the Uttoxeter - Stoke line visiting Berryhill and numerous colliery sites in the area referred to as Berryhill Fields. This was once known as ‘The Lungs of the Potteries’ as it is where a vast amount of iron, coal and clay was dug. The walk continues almost to Milford Junction along what is now referred to as the Berryhill Greenway. At the end of The Greenway a short walk leads to the outskirts of Longton.
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Saturday Nov 22 26

Railways of Derbyshire 21: Derby – Morley (Great Northern Railway) (8m)

A route viewing the remains of the Great Northern Railway between Derby Friargate and Morley Tunnel. Items of interest include Derby Friargate Station, the River Derwent crossing and Breadsall Station remains.
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Saturday Dec 22☃ 3

Lambourn Valley (Berkshire) (5m)

Walk in the Lambourn Valley and Festive meal
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Saturday Dec 22☃ 3

Railways of Cheshire: Whitegate Way (Winsford & Over – Cuddington) (7.5m)

A walk along the Whitegate Way prior to Xmas Lunch
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Saturday Dec 22☃ 3

Festive Weekend in Truro (Cornwall)

A local walk on the Saturday morning along the former Newham freight only branch line which will be about 4 miles. In the evening from 17:00 a Christmas Carvery is planned in a local pub followed by a performance by the Newquay Rowing Club Singers who sing sea shanties.
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Sunday Dec 22 4

Festive Weekend in Truro - Hayle Railways Walk (Cornwall)

The first thing we see is Brunel’s magnificent viaduct built in 1850 for the West Cornwall Railway and rebuilt between 1883-6 to its present form. We follow the Hayle Wharves Branch down a 1 in 30 gradient to cross the 1880 swing bridge on its route to North Quay. The branch opened in 1852 and continued in use right up to 1983. We can also follow the route of the Hayle Railway whose route to Redruth opened in 1837 until replaced by the present day former West Cornwall Railway route in 1852, when it reverted to a freight only line for the Cornish Copper Company. It was then extended to become the short-lived spur line of the National Explosives Works at Upton Towans from 1917 to 1922 where there are interesting remains in amongst the sand dunes. The line then became a wagon siding until closure in 1930. In 1936 the land was purchased from the GWR by the Harvey family and was given as a public amenity to the town becoming the King George V Memorial Walk.
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Thursday Dec 22 8

Braintree to Rayne, Essex (4m)

A walk along the track bed of the former Braintree to Bishops Stortford line until we reach the well-preserved station of Rayne which was closed in 1952. The path is part of the Flitch Way and is reasonably well maintained.
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Saturday Dec 22 10

Midland Railway Branch, Mirfield to Huddersfield (6m)

A walk towards Lower Hopton junction where the MR cut away from the Lancashire & Yorkshire line and soon pick up the trackbed from which we see the parallel L&Y Manchester-Normanton main line and get a panoramic view of the LNWR’s Heaton Lodge junction where their Spen Valley 'New Line' branched off towards Heckmondwike and Cleckheaton. Crossing the magnificent 15-arch blue brick viaduct at Bradley, we then cross the Trans-Pennine line by a footbridge from which we can see the LNWR’s Bradley Wood curve, built to join the L&Y Calder Valley line, heading westwards. Picking up the trackbed again we pass through Deighton, Fartown and Birkby observing the site of Red Doles Junction, created by the LMS in 1923 to link the main line with this freight branch, the opening of which provided direct access to Newtown goods yard, thus reducing the branch length to only 1.2 miles. After this, the section from Mirfield to Red Doles was hardly used and was eventually lifted in 1937, the section to Newtown goods yard continuing to carry traffic until closure in 1968.
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Wednesday Dec 22☃ 21

Black Country Festive Bash Pensnett & The Crooked House (West Midlands) (5m)

A walk starting at Fens Pool one of a collection of three old clay pits now filled with water, nowadays a nature reserve. Once skirted, the pools are left to join the start of the Kingswinford Railway Walk descending Barrow Hill Incline. This was part of the Pensnett Railway passing through an area of more clay pits and mining where a complex of tramways & lines were once privately owned by the Earl of Dudley.
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Saturday Jan 23 21

Capital Day (London) (7m)

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TBD

Likely in 2023; Van - Caersws, Powys Wales

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