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The East Lancashire Railway operates every weekend throughout the year and Wednesdays to Fridays from April to September. Please see the Timetable Page for details.
The line is over 12 miles long and runs between Heywood and Rawtenstall, with intermediate stations at Bury, (4 miles from Heywood) and Ramsbottom, (8 miles from Heywood). Unstaffed halts are provided between Bury and Ramsbottom at Summerseat, and between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall at Irwell Vale.
The journey between Heywood and Rawtenstall takes approximately one hour in each direction. From Heywood the line descends Broadfield bank, and after crossing the M66 and the River Roch the line climbs towards Bury town centre and the Irwell Valley. On leaving Bury the line commences the long climb up the valley via Ramsbottom, crossing the River Irwell nine times before reaching the terminus at Rawtenstall.