Unlimited off-peak travel for anyone 55 and over for one day on "Northern" services around Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and parts of Derbyshire.

It extends from Carlisle in the north to Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent in the south and from the Lancashire coast in the west to Greenfield, Hadfield and Edale in the east and includes Buxton, Blackpool, Chester, Liverpool and Southport.

Proof of age is required when buying and when travelling.


The Northern Explorer 55 West Day Ranger allows travel along the Cumbrian Coast line from Carlisle to Carnforth, along the Hope Valley as far as Edale and to Buxton in the Peak District.

You can also travel along the West Coast Main Line from Oxenholme Lake District to Wigan North Western and the branches to Clitheroe, Colne, Morecambe and Windermere.



Northern website
Northern route map

Ticket Issuing System details:  name  /  code  /  group

fares & restrictions

Fares from 3rd March 2024

adult (55+): £18.40

Previous fares ⯈ Previous fares (adult):
2023 - £17.50
2022 - £16.50
2021 - £15.50
2020 - £15.50
2019 - £15.00
2018 - £15.00

time restrictions
Mon to Fri: valid from 09:30

No restrictions at weekends or bank holidays

train operating companies
Northern only

Online: X
Train conductor: *
Station ticket office:
Ticket Vending Machine: i Northern Ticket Vending Machines now sell most ranger and rover tickets but at the moment only for same-day travel (rather prohibitive for distant areas)

Some Avanti West Coast station TVMs for example Crewe, now sell local rangers and rovers.

A number of PTE areas sell local rangers from TVMs in their area e.g. South Yorkshire, Strathclyde and West Midlands


Northern Explorer 55 West Day Ranger route map

Northern Explorer 55 West Day Ranger route map

This ticket is valid at these national network stations:

Accrington; Adlington (Cheshire); Adlington (Lancs); Alderley Edge; Altrincham; Annsdell; Appley Bridge; Ardwick; Arnside; Ashburys; Ashley; Askam; Aspatria; Ashton-under-Lyne; Atherton
Bamber Bridge; Bare Lane; Barrow-in-Furness; Belle Vue; Bescar Lane; Birchwood; Blackburn; Blackpool North; Blackpool Pleasure Beach; Blackpool South; Blackrod; Bolton; Bootle; Bramhall; Braystones; Bredbury; Brierfield; Brinnington; Broadbottom; Broad Green; Bromley Cross; Bryn; Buckshaw Parkway; Burnage; Burneside; Burnley Barracks; Burnley Central; Burnley Manchester Road; Burscough Bridge; Burscough Junction; Buxton
Cark & Cartmel; Carlisle; Carnforth; Castleton; Chapel-en-le-Frith; Chassen Road; Cheadle Hulme; Chelford; Cherry Tree; Chester; Chinley; Chorley; Clifton; Clitheroe; Colne; Congleton; Corkickle; Crewe; Croston; Cuddington
Daisy Hill; Dalron; Dalston; Darwen; Davenport; Deansgate; Disley; Delamere; Denton; Dinting; Drigg; Dove Holes
Earlestown; East Didsbury; Eccles; Eccleston Park; Edale; Edge Hill; Ellesmere Port; Entwistle; Euxton Balshaw Lane
Fairfield; Farnworth; Flimby; Flixton; Flowery Field; Foxfield; Frodsham; Furness Vale
Garswood; Gatley; Gathurst; Glazebrook; Glossop; Godley; Goostrey; Gorton; Grange-over-Sands; Greenbank; Greenfield; Green Road; Guide Bridge
Hadfield; Hag Fold; Hale; Halewood; Hall-i'-th'-Wood; Handforth; Hapton; Harrington; Hattersley; Hazel Grove; Headbolt Lane; Heald Green; Heaton Chapel; Heysham Port; Helsby; Hindley; Holmes Chapel; Horwich Parkway; Hoscar; Hough Green; Humphrey Park; Huncoat; Hunts Cross; Huyton; Hyde Central; Hyde North
Ince; Ince & Elton; Irlam
Kearsley; Kendal; Kents Bank; Kidsgrove; Kirkby-in-Furness; Kirkham & Wesham; Knutsford
Lancaster; Langho; Layton; Lea Green; Levenshulme; Leyland; Littleborough; Liverpool Lime Street; Liverpool South Parkway; Longport; Lostock; Lostock Gralam; Lostock Hall; Lytham
Macclesfield; Manchester Airport; Manchester Oxford Road; Manchester Piccadilly; Manchester Victoria; Marple; Mauldeth Road; Maryport; Meols Cop; Middlewood; Mill Hill; Millom; Mills Hill; Mobberley; Moorside; Morecambe; Moses Gate; Moss Side; Mossley; Mossley Hill; Moston; Mouldsworth
Navigation Road; Nelson; Nethertown; New Lane; New Mills Central; New Mills Newtown; Newton for Hyde; Newton-le-Willows; Northwich
Ormskirk; Orrell; Oswaldtwistle; Oxenholme Lake District
Padgate; Parbold; Parton; Patricroft; Pemberton; Pleasington; Plumley; Poulton-le-Fylde; Poynton; Prestbury; Prescot; Preston
Rainford; Rainhill; Ramsgreave & Wilpshire; Ravenglass for Eskdale; Reddish North; Reddish South; Rishton; Roby; Rochdale; Romiley; Roose; Rose Grove; Rose Hill Marple; Rufford; Runcorn East; Ryder Brow
Salford Central; Salford Crescent; Salwick; Sandbach; Sankey for Penketh; Seascale; Sellafield; Silecroft; Silverdale; Smithy Bridge; Southport; Squires Gate; St Annes-on-the-Sea; St Bees; St Helens Central; St Helens Junction; Stalybridge; Stanlow & Thornton; Staveley; Stockport; Stoke-on-Trent; Strines; Styal; Swinton
Thatto Heath; Todmorden; Trafford Park
Upholland; Ulverston; Urmston
Walkden; Walsden; Warrington Bank Quay; Warrington Central; Warrington West; Wavertree Technology Park; West Allerton; Westhoughton; Whaley Bridge; Whallay; Whiston; Whitehaven; Widnes; Wigan North Western; Wigan Wallgate; Wigton; Wilmslow; Woodley; Woodsmoor; Workington