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Spring Vale Rambling Class

Welcome to Spring Vale Rambling Class Darwen

As a rambling club we enjoy nothing more than walking around our local area of Darwen and Blackburn close to the West Pennine Moors in North East Lancashire. We also enjoy walking in the Ribble Valley, over the Bowland Fells and occasionally we enjoy a walk in the Lakes or Yorkshire Dales.

We regularly meet for a walk at places such as Tockholes, Livesey, Hoddlesden, Wilpshire, Witton, Belthorn, Entwistle, Rivington, Great Harwood, Accrington, Salesbury, Hurst Green, Ribchester, Whalley and Clitheroe.

Click here for the 2024 Programme of walks

The new syllabus, detailing our walks programme for 2024 is now available. You can become a member of the Spring Vale Rambling Class walking group by either joining us on a walk and paying the £5.00 membership fee or by sending a cheque for £5.00 as detailed below.  You will recieve a copy of our walking syllabus.

We commence our 2024 Programme of Walks on Saturday 16th March.

Although guests are welcome to try out walking with our group for 1 or 2 walks we expect individuals to become a member each year by paying a £5 membership fee annually.
A current syllabus is full credential of membership of the Club.

Ramblers Gems our weekly Newsletter achieved its goal over the last 3 years and the publication completed its final edition on December 2022.  All past editions of Ramblers Gems are located on 

Ramblers Gems 2020         Ramblers Gems 2021         Ramblers Gems 2022   

Picture Album of Sights and Scenes of the Ribble and its Tributaries 1900 by JT Fielding

This year will be our 129th Season of walking.


Walking is an easy way to keep fit and active.  Your health is important to you.

The Class was formed in 1895 and we are now in our 128th season. We believe we are the oldest walking club in the country to have maintained a continuous annual walking programme. We were originally establshed as an educational class, but we now run as a walking club offering a variety of walks from 6 to 9 miles in length.

When:    We organise walks on Saturdays starting at 11.00am and on a Tuesday evening starting at 07.00pm during the summer months.    
How?      Make your own transport arrangements to the published meeting place.      
From?     Meeting places for the start of the walk are detailed in the membership syllabus.  See the walks programme page for details.      
Try?        Normally we would encourage people to walk with us a couple of times before joining as a member.

How much?    Membership of the Class costs £5.00 per annum. The yearly season is from the 3rd weekend in March to the end of the second weekend in March of the following year.  If you would like to become a member join us on a walk and pay the £5.00 membership fee  or send a cheque for £5.00 payable to "Spring Vale Rambling Class" complete with a 2nd class stamped address envelope to :

The Secretary SVRC
103 School Lane

You will receive this years current syllabus of walks and become a member of this old and historic club. 

New walkers are always made welcome. if you require any additional information, please call the Secretary on Tel 01254 671269  or email 

We are an affiliated group of the Ramblers. The Ramblers is Britain's walking charity working to protect and expand the places people love to walk and promotes walking for health and pleasure. 

We are members of Ramblers Worldwide Holiday Partnership. 

We are affiliated to HF Holidays as an Activity Club.

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