Type of Walk: Railway Line Walks

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Railway-Line-Walks/

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The Category Railway Line Walks is a subset of Using Public Transport. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Railway Line Walks Entities which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_railway_lines_in_Great_Britain

Overview

'This is a list of railway lines in Great Britain that are currently in operation, split by country and region. There are a limited number of main inter-regional lines, with all but one entering Greater London. The line from London to the Channel Tunnel is the only line designated 'high speed', although the other main routes also operate limited-stop express services ...'

Description from

Wikipedia

See also

Map of Railway Lines in the United Kingdom [Saturday Walkers' Club]

trainwalkslondon.wordpress.com

Category:London
Overview

'This blog features walks along train lines in London. This was inspired by a number of existing sites with walks along the tube network. The individual walks are about two hours long and you can combine them for longer walks.'

visitbytrain.info

Category:England
Overview

'visitbytrain.info aims to help you plan visits by train to attractions in cities, towns, villages and the countryside. Maps show attraction locations and routes to walk, with bus services where appropriate.' As at May 2017, covers places in the Eastern, London, South East and South West Regions of England.

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/recycling-waste-and-environment/coun...

Category:St Albans
Overview

'Although the Abbey Flyer links two major population centres in South-West Hertfordshire, there are parts of the line that can still be described as truly rural, and when the sun is sunshine you may be pleasantly surprised just how nice this part of Hertfordshire can be!'

See also

Abbey Line Trail [Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership]

eastsuffolklines.co.uk/walks

Category:East Suffolk
Distance (miles)14
Overview

'This is the longest and perhaps most challenging and rewarding walk in the series, allowing walkers to enjoy isolated and remote countryside. There is considerable variety of landscape including woodland, lush meadows and the light terrain characteristic of the Suffolk Sandlings.'

Description from

East Suffolk Line Walks

www.roundreadingwalk.co.uk/walks-around-reading/walk1.htm

Distance (miles)8
Overview

'An interesting walk on good paths following the route of the royal procession from Ascot through Windsor Great Park and offering a "surprise" view of Windsor Castle.'

One of 15 Car-Free Walks Around Reading.

Description from

Supporters of Oxfam

www.avocetline.org.uk/places-to-go-and-things-to-do/walking-cycling-an...

Category:East Devon
Overview

'With the help of community rail funding, ALRUG is producing a series of walks leaflets called Avocet Ambles! The walks have been devised and produced by members of the Committee.'

Description from

The Avocet Line

www.norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-c...

Category:North Norfolk
Overview

'The Bittern Line railway heads north from the beautiful cathedral city of Norwich passing through the unique wetland area of The Broads to the dramatic north Norfolk coast.'

Description from

Norfolk County Council

bluebellrailwaywalks.co.uk

Category:Mid Sussex
Overview

'There are both circular walks and linear walks on this website. The linear walks involve steaming to the start point by Bluebell Railway train.'

Description from

Bluebell Railway Walks

www.borderlandsline.com/great-walks-by-train/

Category:Flintshire
Overview

'This unique line traverses a wide variety of landscape through the rugged hilly region of North East Wales, the plains of Dee Estuary and the gently undulating terrain of the Wirral Peninsula.'

Description from

The Borderlands Line

www.bvrw.co.uk/activities/walking

Category:Broadland
Distance (miles)9
Overview

'A purpose built footpath and cycle path runs alongside the entire nine mile length of the track from Aylsham to Wroxham taking cyclists and walkers through some stunningly beautiful English countryside. There are many nice paths which also spur from the our footpath and cycle way.'

Description from

Bure Valley Railway

www.visitsnowdonia.info/cambrian_trailways_walking_routes-117.aspx

Category:Gwynedd
Overview

'Series of leaflets promoting self guided linear walks between railway stations on the Cambrian network. These have been developed to promote car-free accessible walks in the Mid Wales area that really make the most of the wonderful, varied scenery and wildlife this unique part of the world has to offer. There are 12 in the series.' ALERT At Review, I could no longer find online details of these Walks on the Cambrian Lines Website. So unfortunately all you have in the alternative Link here are summaries of some of the 12 Trails. (A ‘string search’ on Google of the Titles of the Walks might well give you more detailed information from other Websites.)

Description from

Arriva Trains Wales

www.communityraillancashire.co.uk/walks/self-guided-walks/

Category:Lancashire
Overview

'A number of self-guide walks are available from stations on Community Rail Lancashire lines: [1] The Bentham Line (12 walks) - - - : [2] The Clitheroe Line (4 walks) - - - : [3] The East Lancashire Line (6 walks) - - - : [4] The South Fylde Line (2 walks) - - - : [5] West Lancashire Lines (2 walks)'

Description from

Community Rail Lancashire

www.clpg.org.uk/page/what-we-do/

Category:Worcestershire
Overview

'In 1995, the Group published a book detailing 14 station to station walks all the way from Hereford to Oxford. 2000 copies of the fully illustrated book were printed and, almost all have now been sold. A second book, featuring walks in the opposite direction, was published in September 2009. This is available from local stations or, post free, from the Membership Secretary, to CLPG members, at a reduced price of £6.00.' ALERT At the time of Review, I could not find these books any longer listed on the CLPG Website.

www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~cccjp/

Category:Cumbria
Overview

Eight walks of between 3 and 6 miles along the Cumbrian Coast Line.

Description from

Cumbria County Council

See also

The Natural Coast [Cumbrian Coast Line]

eastsuffolklines.co.uk/walks

Category:East Suffolk
Overview

'The stations along the line provide convenient starting and finishing points from which walkers can explore the surrounding countryside, ranging from a short stroll ... to over ten miles of remote fields and woods ... For more ambitious ramblers walks can be joined up to make a long distance trail of over 70 miles.'

www.eskvalleyrailway.co.uk/walking/

Category:Scarborough
Distance (miles)35
Overview

'Waymarked trail which takes you from the source of the River Esk and brings you to the estuary where it joins the sea at Whitby harbour. A moorland-to-coast walk, it also leads you through riverside country and a steep wooded gorge. '

www.friendsofdalesrail.org/walks.html

Category:Cumbria
Overview

'Guided Walks from the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle, Leeds-Morecambe and other selected Railways'

Description from

Friends of DalesRail

fosbr.org.uk/explore/

Category:Bristol
Overview

You can solve Bristol's biggest problem 'For most people that problem is traffic – congestion, delays, pollution and accidents. More and more of us realize that the problem cannot be solved on the roads alone and that the neglected railways can make a crucial contribution ...'

www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/publications/walking-guides/

Category:Babergh
Overview

'Walk from Station to Station with our useful guides ... The Gainsborough Line is the marketing name of the Sudbury Branch Line, a single track railway line running through the rural area between Sudbury and Marks Tey in England. Prior to the Beeching Axe the line, known as the Stour Valley Railway also served Cambridge, Long Melford, Clare and Haverhill.'

Description from

Dedham Vale AONB

www.gcrailway.co.uk/the-railway/walks-around-the-line/

Category:Charnwood
Overview

'The Great Central Railway line nestles in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside between Charnwood Forest and the Wolds. Walks form the line are gentle and can be completed in a couple of hours, give or take the odd pub break! There are some gentle climbs but for the most part a pair of walking boots or sturdy shoes should get you through. The GCR publishes a detailed guide of the walks ... to assist you and is available from the Shop at Loughborough Central.'

Description from

Great Central Railway

out-of-the-loop.com/walks-by-county/surrey/to-happy-valley-and-farthin...

Category:Tandridge
Distance (miles)11
Overview

'An easy walk along quiet valleys, through beech woods and along the ridge of the North Downs, with long views deep into Surrey and to the London skyline ... Parts of this walk follow the North Downs Way and the London LOOP.'

Description from

Out of the LOOP

www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Discover Dorset's unspoilt countryside with "Trains to Trails" - the detailed guide to walks from Dorset Stations. Pick up the complete leaflet at your nearest First Great Western station, or download PDF versions ... Starting and ending at the same rural station, the routes all include at least one pub and are within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'

Note Not clear whether copies of this Leaflet are still available from First Great Western; but PDFs of the Leaflet and of the individual Walks (plus one of two more) can be downloaded from the Wessex Wanderer Site.

kesr.org.uk/about/railway-walks/

Category:Ashford
Overview

PDFs of six walks from and to stations on the light railway line which runs from Tenterden in Kent to Northiam in East Sussex.

Description from

Kent & East Sussex Railway

www.midcheshirerail.org.uk/uploads/rail-walks-in-knutsford-and-surroun...

Category:Cheshire East
Overview

'Collection of walks from local railway stations within the beautiful countryside of East Cheshire, which can be accessed by public transport without the need for a car.'

Description from

The Knutsford Local Area Partnership | Mid Cheshire Rail Users’ Association

railramblers.wordpress.com/about/

Category:North West
Overview

'We are a diverse and friendly group of people who enjoy walking in the beautiful and varied countryside of north west England. As our name suggests, we are particularly keen to use public transport to reach our destinations and we have been promoting this idea for almost forty years. It's a great way to reach our countryside and our leaders often pass on lots of interesting facts about locations and people during walks.'

Description from

Rail Ramblers

out-of-the-loop.com/walks-by-county/kent/maidstone-downs/

Category:Maidstone
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'A bracing tramp along the wooded escarpment of the North Downs above Maidstone, with sweeping views across the Kentish Weald; with a medieval castle and two megalithic burial sites thrown in ... Much of this route follows the North Downs Way national trail.'

Description from

Out of the LOOP

kentcrp.org/medway-valley-line-rail-trail

Category:Kent
Overview

'Whether you want beautiful countryside, coastal scenery, industrial archaeology or military history, you can access them all via the Medway Valley Line and SwaleRail ...'

Description from

Community Rail Partnership with Valley of Visions Countryside Project

www.marpa.org.uk

Category:Suffolk
Overview

Walks 'selected to provide reasonable directness, variety of landscape, local historical and environmental interest and a largely traffic-free environment'.

Description from

Walks selected by Roger Wolfe, Suffolk Area of the Ramblers' Association

www.midcheshirerail.org.uk

Category:Cheshire
Overview

Access to three PDF brochures: 1. Rail Walks in Cheshire West : - - : 2. Rail Walks in Greater Manchester : - - : 3. Rail Walks in Knutsford and surrounding villages.

penline.co.uk

Category:South Yorkshire
Overview

'You are invited to "take the train for a walk" ! Organised by the Penistone Line Partnership (PLP), these walks are promoted by the RAMBLERS' ASSOCIATION to encourage use of the train service to visit some of South & West Yorkshire's finest countryside. Walks also take place in North Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.'

www.skegness.gov.uk/walking-routes.html

Category:Lincolnshire
Overview

'Linear walks between stations along the Poacher Line between Nottingham and Skegness.'

See also

ALERT Unfortunately, at Review I could now only find accessible online details of just one of the six/seven Poacher Line Walks - and I have provided a Link to that here. Leaflets for the remainder may still be available offline.

www.railrambles.org

Category:Shropshire
Overview

'Rail Rambles are walks from railway stations in Wales and the border counties of England. The walks themselves are free to join (but of course you have to pay your rail fare!) Each walk is planned to be accessible by a day return rail journey from a number of main line and connecting stations ...'

greatscenicrailways.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Walks-from-Rivier...

Category:Torbay
Overview

'The Riviera Line is a local railway line that links the city of Exeter with the "English Riviera" resorts of Torbay in Devon, England. It is linked with the Exeter to Plymouth Line with which it shares the route along the South Devon sea wall. It is part of the Network Rail Route 12 (Reading to Penzance).'

www.skyware.co.uk/dalesrailtrails/maps.htm

Distance (miles)48
Overview

'Follows the line of the railway from Settle to Kirkby Stephen. As the name suggests, it takes in six peaks: Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside, Great Knoutberry, Swarth Fell and Wild Boar Fell (in mountain-bagging parlance, all six are Nuttalls and Hewitts, and all but Swarth Fell are Marilyns).'

Description from

Skyware Press

See also

Dales Rail Trails Tony & Chris Grogan (Skyware Press, 2012)

www.southwesternrailway.com/destinations-and-offers/festivals-and-even...

Category:South East
Overview

'Choose from our library of days out by train walking guides, from beginners to advanced - all easily accessible from a South West Trains station ... ' ALERT South Western Railway is the new operator of 'South West Trains'. There is some walk information appears on their Site - but it seems not the Series of Walks formerly described by SWT.

www.tarkarail.org/page2.html

Category:Mid Devon
Overview

'A 136-page full-colour book featuring 60 self-guided walks from each of the thirteen stations along the 39 mile route.' Tarka Line Walks: 60 glorious Mid-Devon walks from the wayside stations of the scenic Tarka Line by Peter Craske (Crimson Publishing, 2013)

Description from

Tarka Rail Association

www.thamesestuarypath.co.uk

Category:Thurrock
Distance (miles)29
Overview

'Explore the 29 mile (46.6km) Thames Estuary Path through the fascinating South Essex Marshes, from Tilbury Town all the way to Leigh-on-Sea. Passing through an industrial and settled beautiful landscape with a wealth of Green Heritage - history and biodiversity ... The path is easily accessible by train, linking 6 local train stations on one of the most attractive railway lines in the country (London Fenchurch to Shoeburyness Line). The path is clearly signed and waymarked along the length with a new distinctive logo.'

Description from

MaxiGreen

threeriversrail.com/local-walks/

Category:Test Valley
Overview

The Three Rivers Rail Partnership is 'a group of local authorities, local people and the rail industry, working to promote our train and local bus services and doing what we can to improve our stations and services. Why Three Rivers? The rail routes which the partnership covers run alongside or cross the Avon, Itchen and Test rivers - hence "Three Rivers".'

www.communityrailcumbria.co.uk/community-links/walks-and-leaflets/

Category:South Lakeland
Overview

'The Lakes Line, from Oxenholme to Windermere, runs through a glorious rural area, linking attractive small towns and villages. This is the area covered by these five walks. On either side of the railway lie deciduous woods and rolling pastures, and through these rush or cascade rivers, becks and streams.'

greatscenicrailways.co.uk/great-days-out/walks-and-trails/

Overview

'Self-guided walks from scenic branch lines in the South West.' ALERT Title of Entry changed from 'Trails from the Tracks'

www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Why not come on one of the Wessex Wanderers Railway Walks over the summer (between May and October each year) and have a great day out?  This is a great way to enjoy the combination of travelling by train and going to a different area and exploring the countryside.'

cambridgeramblers.org/west-anglian-way/

Category:Cambridge
Distance (miles)64
Overview

'Follows the Cam, the Stort and the Lea rivers linking stations on the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street railway line.'

The West Anglian Way 'A detailed route description, together with illustrative map, and consisting of 6, A4 sheets in a plastic envelope.'

Description from

Cambridge Ramblers

www.norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk/norfolk-trails/short-and-c...

Category:Broadland
Overview

'Here we've brought together a selection of countryside and town walks starting and finishing at a railway station on the Wherry Lines. All the walks are described including details such as distances, path surfaces and facilities available.'

Description from

Norfolk County Council

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