Welcome to Rail Rambles
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. Rail fares are very reasonable and good value with many discounts available. You do not have to be a member of any organisation to join a walk. All you have to do is appear at the station from which the walk departs and make yourself known to one of the leaders. Departure times on the programme are usually given from Shrewsbury but walkers can join the train anywhere between the starting point and destination.
The programme of walks is available through the "Programme" link on the left and updated to show any changes that have to be made. For details
of departure times from other locations and connecting services,
please telephone the enquiry number 08457 48 49 50 , visit nationalrail or arrivatrainswales or simply get yourself a free timetable. The normal range of tickets can be
used to travel to the walk start point. Where a walk returns from a different location, a ticket to the furthest point should be purchased.
Discounted fares are available to holders of railcards. At the present time Arriva trains
offer a 25% reduction to groups of three or more travellers even without railcards.
At least two walks are arranged to take place every Saturday throughout the year and there is also a monthly Wednesday walk. The two walks offered on Saturdays differ in length: the plain vanilla walk is less than ten miles but might be quite demanding while the long walk is greater than ten miles. Wednesday walks might be of either kind. Walks are labeled "strenuous", "moderate", "leisurely" and easy, denoting decreasing levels of ascent during the walk.
Rev Downward chairs a meeting welcoming Mark to rail rambles.
Phil, Cheryl and Mick help with some jolly banter.
Most Rail Rambles are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join, and bring some food and drink, even if the walk includes a pub or café break. Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organisers or the walk leader in advance. For your own and others' safety please abide by any instructions issued by the walk leader. Though walking is inherently one of the safest outdoor activities, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents to occur. Having said this, Mick Guest has rarely behaved sensibly but still appears to be walking as well as ever.
Extended walks over several days, staying at B & Bs or bunk houses are also organised by members of rail rambles. Details of walks from Staylittle, Elenydd and of the Cross-Wales walk can be found by clicking on the appropriate images in the left hand panel. The group is also doing sections of the Welsh coast path, sometimes with an overnight stop. In the period Saturday 5th April – Sunday 13th April the group will complete the path around Anglesea but anyone now wishing to join the group will need to book their own accommodation. Route details from Cheryl Johnston. More information here
Its easy to get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org where name is replaced by one of the first names below:
cheryl - programme production
chris - maps, routes
marion - coordination, printing etc
mike - webstuff
Rail rambles were first
organised in 1989 by Alan Howard and have only continued because
of the support of Arriva Trains Wales and Ramblers Cymru. This means that 2014 is the 25th anniversary of Rail Rambles and a celebration is planned on Saturday 7th June at Culmington Village Hall, combined with two walks. There will be a very substantial tea, costing £10 to include the hire of the hall, and the short walkers will be bussed back to Craven Arms for £2 extra approx per person. This event must be booked and paid for in advance (to secure the booking of the hall) by 5th April. Booking forms available from Cheryl or Marion.