Upcoming Club Led Walks

Our walks follow footpaths, bridleways, trails etc. which originated as railways, tramways or wagonways. These walks are planned by a walk organiser who has checked the logistics, usually arranging a linear walk, i.e. walking one way and taking a bus or train the other. In areas where there is no public transport, we may arrange a circular walk (e.g. out by an old railway and back by a canal or even Roman road) or, where this is impossible, arrange car sharing.

A club walk also gives prospective members the opportunity to meet like-minded enthusiasts, and to benefit from their extensive knowledge of old railways. Often, our walk leaders research these routes in advance and bring along interpretive resources, such as archive photographs, books and historical notes.

Prospective members can contact us in advance to join a walk, assuming there are spare places available. Our insurance policy permits non-members to join a maximum of two walks before they are expected to join Railway Ramblers. NOTE: All walks subject to change.


 
Thursday Jul 29

Thursday 29th Jul 2021 - Tramways of the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal (5m)

Railway Ramblers members are invited to join this RCHS walk; almost circular in nature, exploring a number of short routes that served the (now disused) Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the North West Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Jul 31

Saturday 31st Jul 2021 - Cleveland Railway and Skelton Mines Branch (6m)

A walk in the area including viewing and crossing the 60ft high 8-arch Spa Wood (a.k.a.Waterfall/Slapewath) Viaduct, which is listed Grade II, traces of the Waterfall Tramway. The Cleveland Mining Heritage Society will be showing some of their excavations.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Yorkshire Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Jul 31

Saturday 31st Jul 2021 - London Euston Area (2.5m)

A walk in the area with a focus on the substantial changes being made to the railway landscape of the area.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Southern/Chilterns Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Wednesday Aug 4

Wednesday 4th Aug 2021 - Bromyard Branch – Bransford to Alfrick (Worcs) (6.5m)

A walk following the course of the old line that ran from Bransford Jct to Leominster with trackbed walking where permitted. Sites of interest are the derelict remains of Leigh Court Station and platform, the pillars of the dismantled Hayley Dingle Viaduct and the arch viaduct at Broad Dingle.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the South Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Thursday Aug 5

Thursday 5th Aug 2021 - Wisbech to Sutton Bridge (Norfolk) (9m)

A ramble following the M&GN route (closed in 1959) alongside the River Nene, past Ferry and Tydd stations.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Eastern Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Tuesday Aug 10

Tuesday 10th Aug 2021 - The Trevithick Trail (Penydarren Tramroad) Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon (10m)

The Penydarren Tramroad is famous as the line on which Richard Trevithick's locomotive ran in 1804; the first ever steam-powered railway locomotive to pull a load on rails. This easy-going Sustrans route includes the industrial past of South Wales whilst providing great views of the Welsh valleys and mountains. The walk visits some outstanding track remains on a well-established heritage trail. The trail is as true to the original alignment as over 200 years of development has permitted, with short hills and residential roads.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Wales Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Aug 14

Saturday 14th Aug 2021 - Ryhill to Crigglestone (6m)

Includes the site of Ryhill & Wintersett Station (closed 1930) and follow the former Great Central until meeting the Ryhill Colliery mineral line. This continues to the Midland main line to view the abutments of the bridge that carried the line over the Midland. Follow the Calder Valley branch to the outskirts of Crigglestone. If time permits, includes visit Sandal Castle and the site of the 1460 Battle of Wakefield.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Yorkshire Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Aug 14

Saturday 14th Aug 2021 - Bourne End to High Wycombe (Bucks) (6m)

This walk follows the trackbed and parallel roadside paths over part of the original ‘Wycombe Railway’, closed between Bourne End and High Wycombe in 1970.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Chilterns Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Tuesday Aug 17

Tuesday 17th Aug 2021 - Bromyard Branch – Bransford to Alfrick (Worcs) (6.5m)

A walk following the course of the old line that ran from Bransford Jct to Leominster with trackbed walking where permitted. Sites of interest are the derelict remains of Leigh Court Station and platform, the pillars of the dismantled Hayley Dingle Viaduct and the arch viaduct at Broad Dingle.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the South Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Aug 21

Saturday 21st Aug 2021 - Industrial Railways North of Accrington (6m)

Starting with the Clayton (Clayton-le-Moors) brickwork railway, which also served Moorfield Colliery (known for its tragic disaster in 1883 when a methane explosion killed 68 miners) and had a short branch running steeply down and over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The walk follows this route into Huncoat to have lunch at the beautifully maintained station. Then follow the line to the former Huncoat Colliery, take a look at the system of sidings that used to serve Huncoat Power Station, before heading east along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to journey's end at Hapton.
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Saturday Aug 21

Saturday 21st Aug 2021 - Hamworthy Junction to Wimborne (Dorset) (7m)

A walk along part of the Castleman Trailway, which derives its name from Charles Castleman, the Wimborne solicitor behind the original main line from Southampton to Dorchester via Ringwood and Wimborne.
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Saturday Aug 21

Saturday 21st Aug 2021 - Rye and Camber Tramway (Kent) (4m)

A pleasant out and back stroll along the former narrow gauge line that ran between Rye and Camber and served a golf course
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Southern Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Sep 4

Saturday 4th Sep 2021 - Skipton Circular (6 m)

The walk will feature locations of railway interest west of Skipton station, a section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Springs Branch Canal, traces of tramways, industrial remains and watercourses in Skipton Castle Woods.
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Thursday Sep 16

Thursday 16th Sep 2021 - Cromford Canal; Langley Mill – Bullbridge/Ambergate (Derbyshire) (9.5m)

A walk along sections of the canal towpath and new pathways as some parts of the canal have been lost. The walk includes views of the surviving Codnor Park locks and the eastern portal (possibly Western portal too) of Butterley Tunnel.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the East Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Sep 18

Saturday 18th Sep 2021 - Chepstow to Tintern (Glos) (7m)

A classic walk following the old Wye Valley Railway including the recently converted Tidenham Tunnel (length 1km). The walk follows the Gloucestershire Way to Netherhope and through the tunnel north to Tintern Railway Station now a café.
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Saturday Sep 18

Saturday 18th Sep 2021 - Hendon Factory Branch Terminus & Edgware to Dollis Brook Viaduct (North London) (5m)

This walk includes the Factory branch built to serve Hendon Aerodrome at the end of WW1 and explore some of the area around Edgware Station including the old GNR goods yard site, Railway Hotel and the works put in place for the uncompleted Bushey extension. Also explores the old Edgware to Mill Hill East branch (including the only disused section of the M1) and visit the Dollis Brook Viaduct.
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Tuesday Sep 21

Tuesday 21st Sep 2021 - Black Country Bash (Staffordshire) (10m)

A full day exploring the industrial, railway and canal remains of various sites within the confines of Sandwell, Dudley & Wolverhampton, incorporating a variety of real ale / food refreshments stops (pub crawl) The distance of the walk is estimated. Sites intend to be visited will include Dudley Canal Tunnel, The Saltwells, The Royal Dalton clay quarry, Mushroom Green chain works, Wrens Nest Quarry, Sedgley Beacon, Pensnett Railway, new tram construction at Dudley on the old Bescot line. A walk next to the live tram route between Birmingham and Wolverhampton will be conducted between The Hawthorns and Swan Village. This is on the old GWR line that was part of the Birkenhead to London Paddington route portrayed to this day with its Edwardian infrastructure.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the South Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Sep 25

Saturday 25th Sep 2021 - Wellington to Beambridge Circular, Somerset (7m)

A walk from Wellington to Holywell Lake via the Grand Western Canal (whose ‘tub boats’ had wheels for the rails of Wellisford Incline), returning via Beambridge on footpaths close to the West of England mainline.
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Saturday Sep 25

Saturday 25th Sep 2021 - A walk along private land in Leicestershire (10m)

This walk is restricted to members of Railway Ramblers.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the East Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Oct 9

Saturday 9th Oct 2021 - Cherry Tree – Brinscall (Blackburn) (7.5m)

A walk from Cherry Tree Station with a short diversion to view a short tramway that linked the Feniscowles Paper Mill with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Passing the well preserved Withnell Station at Abbey Village (featured in RR magazine 150) and continue to follow the line to Brinscall, viewing the station site, wartime sidings and the start of the printworks branch, closed in 1928. The walk is in a pleasant suburban/rural environment throughout.
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Wednesday Oct 13

Wednesday 13th Oct 2021 - Jedburgh Branch: Roxburgh – Jedburgh (8m)

A walk of the Jedburgh Branch from Roxburgh to its terminus at Jedburgh. This largely follows the attractive Teviot Valley. Also an opportunity to view the impressive Roxburgh Viaduct on the line to Kelso.
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Thursday Oct 14

Thursday 14th Oct 2021 - Waverley Route: Hawick - Belses (9m)

The walk follows the Waverley Route from Hawick to just short of the site of Belses Station. The first part of the route is a public footpath to the edge of Hawick followed by a variety of terrains passing the Minto Hills and on to Belses.
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Friday Oct 15

Friday 15th Oct 2021 - Waverley Route: Belses- St Boswells - Melrose. (9m)

The walk follows the Waverley Route from Belses to St Boswells. The walk starts at Belses and along farmland terrain, across Belses Mill/Ale Water Viaduct, to the site of Kelso Junction where the line to Tweedmouth converged and the remains of St Boswells Station. The walk includes a short stretch to the site of Ravenswood Junction, where the line to Reston diverged and a stretch Melrose from Newstead, viewing the site of Melrose Station.
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Saturday Oct 16

Saturday 16th Oct 2021 - Waverley Route: Whitrope Summit - Kielder (10m)

The walk features part of the Waverley Route and the top section of the Borders Counties Railway between Riccarton Junction and Kielder. Intermediate stations will be viewed at Saughtree and Deadwater. If time allows, visit the location where the formation vanishes under Bakethin Reservoir, having crossed over the castellated Kielder Viaduct on route.
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Tuesday Oct 19

Tuesday 19th Oct 2021 - Four days of walks in Cornwall

Tues 19th to Sat 23rd. Four days in five of railway walks in Cornwall, run jointly with the Midlands (S&W) Area, comprising Portreath to Devoran (11 miles); Tramways of the Great Flat Lode (ca. 7 miles); Cornish branch 2 line bash using a ‘Ride Cornwall’ ticket (£18); St Austell China Clay Trail (distance TBA); and a Luxulyan Valley walk from Par (7 miles).
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the South West Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Oct 23

Saturday 23rd Oct 2021 - Elan Valley Railway (8m)

Follow the trackbed of Birmingham Corporation’s railway used in the construction of the Elan Valley reservoirs, now a popular footpath and cycle trail, amid spectacular scenery down the valley to the site of Elan Valley Junction where it joined the Mid Wales line immediately south of Rhayader Tunnel. The tunnel is sealed but if ground conditions and time permit the walk will explore its approach cuttings.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the Wales Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Nov 6

Saturday 6th Nov 2021 - Bath (Oldfield Park) to Midford and Wellow (Somerset) (4m or 8m)

The walk follows the heavily engineered Two Tunnels Trail out of Bath, with options to finish at either Midford or Wellow. The Midford-Wellow section (ca. 2 miles) has good views over the valley of the Wellow Brook.
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Saturday Nov 6

Saturday 6th Nov 2021 - Monsal Trail: Blackwell Mill – Bakewell (Derbyshire) (10.5m)

A walk along the former Midland Main Line between Blackwell Mill and Bakewell. It will also take in the two disused parts of the triangle at its western end and various points of interest. This walk is probably the best railway trail in the country with several tunnels and viaducts to pass through/cross on route.
Click the Enquire button to send an email to the East Midlands Area Organiser for more details about this walk.
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Saturday Dec 4

Saturday 4th Dec 2021 - Teignmouth to Dawlish Warren (Devon) (5½m)

A pre-Christmas walk along the coastal railway taking in historic remains.
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Saturday Dec 4

Saturday 4th Dec 2021 - Preston – Bamber Bridge/Farington. (6m)

A day exploring the multitude of lines, stations and junctions to the south of Preston. Includes the site of the former West Lancs Station at Fishergate Hill, then after viewing the site of the former bridge over the River Ribble and the triangle in Penwortham, on to the East Lancashire Railway at Whitehouse South Junction. Then on towards Bamber Bridge for lunch at the beautifully restored Olde Hob Inn. A short train journey from Bamber Bridge to Lostock Hall to view the site of Lostock Hall Junction and the freight only link south to the West Coast Main Line. From Lostock Hall, view the site of the original station and the former engine shed before going on past the site of Farington Station (closed in 1960) and walk much of the closed line towards Moss Lane Junction on the Ormskirk line
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