CRL - Community Rail Lancashire


The 2021 DalesRail season has now ended. Allowing for problems with the ‘pingdemic’ and essential engineering 12 of the 18 scheduled services ran with over 1000 people travelling and the Lancashire Rail Ramblers were able to lead 42 guided walks over the 12 Sundays.

The 2022 will start on Sunday 17 May 2022 through until Sunday 11 September 2022 (to be confirmed) and the Lancashire Rail Ramblers will be developing a programme of guided walks to coincide with the start of the season.

In the meantime the Winter Rambler service is running between Blackpool North/Preston and Hellifield with connections onto the Settle to Carlisle Line (by changing trains). You can see the timetable below and you can download a copy on this link: Winter Rambler 2021

Get ready for the 2022 season by watching the DalesRail taster video below, keep safe and CRL looks forward to seeing you all again in the future.

To give a taster of what DalesRail is all about a promotional video has been made for Community Rail Lancashire by Nodrog (Gordon Head) and this can be seen below:

As the Covid pandemic put paid to the 2020 season we decided to create a Virtual DalesRail with the help of regular users of the service. A huge repository of interesting memories and anecdotes can be seen by using this link to the Tales from DalesRail pages or by using the navigation buttons at the top right of this page. We will add more pictures to the gallery so keep looking!

If you have any DalesRail pictures or stories you would like to share, please send them to Richard Watts on or to – thank you.


Lancashire DalesRail is simply the best way to spend a Sunday! The service links Lancashire with the scenic Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley. Starting from the coastal resort of Blackpool, DalesRail passes through Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston, Bamber Bridge, Blackburn, Whalley and Clitheroe before travelling along the famous Settle to Carlisle line and terminating in the historic border city of Carlisle.

The journey from Settle takes in the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, passes through Blea Moor tunnel and crosses the top of Dentdale and Garsdale before passing into the more pastoral Eden Valley and the lovely town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. You can enjoy all this, and more, from the comfort of a modern diesel train.

DalesRail is much more than a scenic train ride, it is an integrated package providing a full day out. You will find information about the many places that can be visited; the extensive guided walk programme led by experienced leaders from the Lancashire Rail Ramblers and the coach links that extend the rail journey to places the train cannot reach.


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