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Railway Heritage Trail

Gtr Manchester, Lancashire, N Yorkshire, W Yorkshire

109 km / 68 miles
The Heritage Trail is a 68 mile walk within the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire, the route of which connects three preserved steam railways – the East Lancashire, the Keighley and Worth Valley and the Embsay to Bolton Abbey.

The walk begins at Ramsbottom’s ELR station and finishes at Embsay, and is divided into 16 linked circular stages ranging between 4 and 9.5 miles.

In its journey, the trail offers as much variety as possible, taking in the wonderful countryside of Lancashire and Yorkshire, contrasting with the history and remnants of the industrial revolution. There are moorland sections, cloughs, valleys, riverside paths, green lanes, packhorse routes, bridleways and old quarry tracks, all of which are public rights of way, or where access is free to all. Although the highest altitude gained is only 429 metres (on Top of Stairs) outstanding views from every hilltop over the surrounding countryside will be discovered.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Industrial History
Start: SD792167 - Ramsbottom, Gtr Manchester View on StreetMap
Finish: SE007533 - Embsay, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: East Lancashire LDWA - Railway Heritage Trail

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook The Heritage Trail : 16 linked, circular rambles or a 54 miles linear walk through Lancashire and Yorkshire  (Sigma Press  - 2010 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 103, 104, 109
OS Landranger Active 103, 104, 109
OS Explorer 2, 21, 287, 297
OS Explorer Active 2, 21, 287, 297

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Route Profile:

109.1 km (67.8 miles)
3,130 m (10,269 ft) ascent
425 m (1,394 ft)  maximum height

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