Principally for Penrith but I assume the answer will apply for anywhere Lancaster-Carlisle. For an off-peak return going via: Wigan North Western (TPE) - obviously valid as the direct train Preston and Bolton - obviously valid as the shortest distance Wigan North Western/ Wallgate - presumably valid as shown by journey planners. Raises an interesting question though as this is NEITHER the shortest journey or a direct train even though it's shorter than the direct train (TPE) so could it technically be NOT valid? Warrington Bank Quay/ Central. As per Wigan. I am intending breaking my return journey overnight at Irlam, do you think there is any possibility I will have difficulty with Northern guards? Just as an optional extra, would this ticket be valid via Preston and Blackburn?