CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


This page will be used to promote events and places to visit along the various community rail lines in Lancashire and surrounding areas and to advertise forthcoming Rail User Group and Friends of Stations group meetings and events.



The RMT union has announced a number of dates when they will be taking industrial action (25th August, 1st & 8th September) and although Northern will be running an emergency timetable your journey may be affected. Please check before travelling to ensure that you can complete your journey.

Every Tuesday – Clitheroe Country Market, in the United Reformed Church Hall on Moor Lane, Clitheroe BB7 1AZ, 09:30 – 12:00 – a country market with quality home baked, hand made and home grown produce. A wide selection of goods from a co-operative of local producers. Home made cakes, pies and jams also handicraft items such as cards, knits and textile gifts. More details on

First Thursday of every month – St. Anne’s Farmers Market, in the main square in St. Anne’s a monthly farmers market with locally and regionally produced food and drink on sale. Meet the people who grow, rear, make and bake your food. More details on

Third Saturday of every month – Clitheroe Piano Meet Up, would you like to meet fellow players, share knowledge and develop your skills on a Bechstein grand piano? All abilities and styles welcome, no experience required, no pressure to play or just come along to listen! These are free events held in Clitheroe Library between 13:00 – 15:30.

Last weekend of every month – Ormskirk Speciality Markets, great family days out with free entertainment, activities and demonstrations – visit for full details. Fancy a stall at one of the events then ring 01695 571328 or email to book a space.

Now and until Monday 27th August 2018 – West Lancashire Walking Festival, The festival offers everything from short, themed, informative strolls to long distance countryside rambles. Details on this link:

Now and until Saturday 1st September 2018 – The Longitude Gallery – Land of The Lakes, and exhibition of original art and limited edition prints by Daniel Cooper – details on

Saturday 11th August to Sunday 19th August 2018 – Pendle Walking Festival 2018, the  festival sees 57 guided walks in some of Lancashire’s most beautiful countryside, from the easy to the challenging – down a free copy of the programme here Walking Festival booklet 2018 or visit for more details.

Saturday 18th August 2018 – CRL Guided Walk – a moderate 10 mile walk starting and finishing at Clitheroe – full details on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks

Sunday 19th August 2018 – DalesRail this service has been cancelled!

Sunday 19th August 2018 – Bowland Explorer, the second season continues for the Bowland Explorer bus service that meanders through the Forest of Bowland AONB on summer Sundays. Get more information and download the timetable here

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – FoSCL’s Ribblehead Heritage Tour, hear how the navvies lived and built this magnificent structure, includes visits to site of Batty Green Shanty Town and to see the viaduct itself. Walks start at 12:15 from the Heritage Centre (10:49 from Leeds) and finish in time to catch the 16:14 back towards Leeds. Free but donations welcome.

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – Down on the Farm, a cookery masterclass on Burscough Community Farm with chef Helen 10:00 – 14:00 – details of ticket prices etc. on this link Down on the farm 23-08-18 (002)

Friday 24th August to Sunday 26th August 2018 – The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, 3 days of great music in Colne with 15 official venues, 130+ acts & 150+ gigs. Full details of the line up, tickets etc. on

Saturday 25th August & Sunday 26th August 2018 – Burnley Canal Festival, a dynamic celebration of Burnley’s peerless canal heritage including live music, art & craft workshops, street food, picnic area, charity & information stalls, walkabout theatre and much, much more. Details on

Monday 27th August 2018 – Settle Bookfair, a chance to buy new and used books in the Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle (about 10 mins walk from the station). 10:00 – 16:00.

Thursday 30th August 2018 – FoSCL’s The Real Jericho Tour, meet at the Heritage centre at 12:15 (10:49 service from Leeds) for a talk about the shanty towns and then a stroll to the viaduct. More details on

All of September 2018 – Cycle September, take part in a fun, friendly workplace cycling campaign, ride anywhere, anytime and encourage others to ride! Details on

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – CRL Guided Walk – an easy 6 mile walk starting at Rishton (10:58) and finishing at Whalley – full details on Community Rail Lancashire Guided Walks




Click the link above to see a host of interesting places to visit that are close to CRL’s community rail stations.

Discover Amazing Women by Rail

Discover Amazing Women by Rail is a project initiated by the Mid Cheshire Line CRP and invites people to leave their car at home and use the train (along with buses and trams) to explore the fascinating, and often hidden, histories of women who lived and worked in areas along the Mid Cheshire and Calder Valley railway lines, including the Blackburn to Manchester via Todmorden route.

The project is supported with a website ( by an A5 booklet available from local stations, tourist information offices and libraries. The booklet can also be downloaded using this link: Amazing Women by Rail


Rail User Groups & Friends of Stations Meetings

Monday 6th August 2018 – Ribble Valley Rail Committee Meeting, The New Inn, Parson Lane, Clitheroe  19:30.




Thursday 13th September 2018 – LASRUG Committee Meeting, Bentham Station, Station Road, Bentham 19:30.