East Lancashire Railway
Shoebroad Barn is only a 20 minute scenic drive from the Rawtenstall Station of the East Lancs Railway.
The Rawtenstall Station
The station has been extensively rebuilt by the East Lancashire Railway, as nothing was left of the original buildings at closure. Since the closure of the line up to Bacup, Rawtenstall has been rebuilt as a terminus station for the ELR. The station itself offers some excellent opportunities for photography, engines can be seen at the far end of the platform watering up and running round trains ready for the southward journey. The original station was opened by the East Lancashire Railway in 1846 (the route later being extended beyond here to Waterfoot in 1848 and Bacup by 1852), it was closed to passenger traffic on the 3rd June 1972 and used as a coal depot, finally closing completely by 1980.
Steam Voyage to Adventure
Are you ready for a great Northern adventure? Why not combine your trip on the East Lancashire Railway with one of the great walks and outdoor activities that are within easy reach of the ELR stations?
The North West is a veritable treasure trove for ramblers, featuring some fine walking country. Why not meander down the Irwell Sculpture Trail? Stretching 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, the Irwell Sculpture Trail makes for a unique day out for the family, and its free! Walk up hills and through scenic woodlands in your sculpture search.
If time travel is more your thing then aspiring wanderers could try their hands (or rather feet) at the round trip from Ramsbottom to Summerseat via Holcombe and back. This historic three hour walk also reveals the close relationship between the landscape and the community throughout the town’s history
A journey up to Rossendale’s Halo makes for a satisfyingly etheric experience, especially in the evening, and some pretty views during the day
And don’t forget the Rossendale Shoe Trail, a walk that explores the areas close connection with the shoe and brick industries.
If you are planning to stay for a while then there are a whole host of adventure weekends and walks including walking festivals held throughout the year. There are also an abundance of places to camp for you wilderness lovers out there. If walking and camping are not extreme enough for you, thrill seekers can try out the Lee Quarry Mountain Bike Trail. A huge quarry converted into an arena of mountain bike madness including a beginner’s area for people to learn basic mountain bike handling skills and routes for more veteran bikers.