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These walks are in addition to the various walks under some of the other headings i.e. Country Parks, Nature Trails, Canals & Lakes

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CIRCULAR RAMBLES

Bashall Eaves

Three mile circular walk round Bashall Eaves - Clitheroe Tourist Information - Tel: 01200 425566.

Bolton by Bowland

Two and a half mile circular walk round Bolton-by-Bowland - Clitheroe Tourist Information Tel: 01200 425566

Botany Bay

A scenic 11 mile walk taking in the picturesque hamlet of White Coppice. Withnell Local Nature Reserve and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Parking available at Bontany Bay and the Railway Inn. A free leaflet to accompany the walk is available from County Info Points and Chorley Borough Council Offices. Tel: 01257 515151 Email: contact@chorley.gov.uk

Brindle to Withell Fold Circular Walk

A four mile circular walk beginning in the ancient Parish of Brindle, picturesquely located between the hills. The walk offers spectacular views over the Lancashire Plain and the West Pennine Moors, and takes in the historic village and nature reserve in Withnell Fold as well as a stretch of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal. A free leaflet to accompany the walk is available from County Info Points and Chorley Borough Council Offices. Chorley County Information Centre Tel: 01257 241693. Email: Chorley.CIC@lcl.lancscc.gov.uk

Calf Hey Trail

A short three mile walk around a spectacular glaciated valley known as Haslingden Grane. The grane was once home to a community of 1,300 people who had to leave when reservoirs were built. The trail is centred around the Calf Hey Reservoir. - West Pennine Moors Information Service at Clough Head Information Centre - Tel: 01706 830162.

Cheshire Walks- Find various walks in Cheshire.

Cheshire Walks - A selection of walks on the Walking Britain website.

Chorley Circular Walk

A nine mile walk in the countryside around Chorley. Starting at the Yarrow Valley Park, near Coppull the walk takes in the Gillibrand Valley, Astley Park, St Laurence's Conservation Area, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and many interesting features. A free Chorley Circular Walk leaflet is available at County Info Points and Chorley Borough Council Offices. Chorley County Information Centre Tel: 01257 241693. Email: Chorley.CIC@lcl.lancscc.gov.uk

Clitheroe

Four and a half mile circular walk commencing at Edisford Bridge. Clitheroe Tourist Information Tel: 01200 425566.

Crompton Circuit

An 11 mile way marked footpath circuit circumnavigating the town of Shaw through varied countryside. Dunwood Park car park is a good point to start and finish this full days walk. Tel: 0161 627 1024

Dunsop Bridge

Two and a half mile circular walk round Dunsop Bridge - Clitheroe Tourist Information Tel: 01200 425566.

Gambleside Trail

Gambleside Trail starts at the Clowbridge Reservoir Car Park and is approximately two miles long Walk along this pleasant route and discover the history of Gambleside from the first early settlements in 1507 to the construction of Clowbridge Reservoir in 1866. The trail also passes an open air baptistry which was used until 1849 when the church was closed. Outside baptistries rarely survive, but fortunately North West Water restored the baptistry in 1995. Further along the walk you will pass the site of the former hamlet of Gambleside which was the home of many miners working in the nearby collieries. A detailed leaflet on the history and route is available from Rawtenstall Tourist Information Centre, Rawtenstall.Tel: 01706 226590

Great Harwood Nature Walk

A three mile walk beginning at Allsprings Lodge. - Further information from Great Harwood Library.

Lancashire Walks - Link to Walking Britain Website with a selection of walks in Lancashire.

Lancashire Walks - Link to walks which you can download

Lancashire Walks - 52 walks - one for each week of the year

Lancashire Walks - Download free and print out lots of walks in Lancashire.

Owens Walks - Owens walks is a FREE resource of guides for 'Walks in Lancashire'. The library is a growing resource, so for the latest guides, you are encouraged to come back regularly to download the latest versions.

North West - A few walks on this website in the North West

Oldham

The Oldham Way is a circular footpath route around the Borough of Oldham. You can use this route to walk to either Tandle Hill or the Jubilee Colliery Nature Reserve and Crompton Moor. A series of leaflets describing this route are available from information centres. Tel: 0161 627 1024.

Oswaldtwistle

A series of walks around Oswaldtwistle illustrated in leaflets available from Accrington Tourist Information Centre - Tel: 01254 386807.

Pendle

Walking with Witches Trail - The walks start from Barley Car Park and the Western Loop is 4 miles and the Eastern Loop is 3 1/2 miles. A leaflet can be obtained by telephoning 01282 661981 or email tourism@pendle.gov.uk

Park Bridge Trail

Park Bridge is situated midway between Ashton-under-Lyne and Oldham. Two mile trail with something for everyone. Tel: 0161 330 0613

Ribble Valley

Eight leaflets giving details of a 46 mile walk in sections - Clitheroe Tourist Information Tel: 01200 425566.

Rufford and Mawdesley

From the open expanses of the Douglas Valley to the leafy lanes of Mawdesley, a past winner of the coveted title of "Best Kept Village in Lancashire". A leaflet to accompany the walk is available from County Info Points, Chorley Borough Council Offices and Cedar Farm Galleries. Tel: 01257 515151 Email: contact@chorley.gov.uk

Saddleworth Local Interest Trails

A range of trail leaflets detailing the history of the villages including architecture, canal, mills and local characters. Varied scenery including dramatic Pennine moorland, river valleys and picturesque villages with squares and cottages unchanged over the past 200 years. Villages of Diggle, Dobcross, Uppermill - Tel: 01457 870336.

Sheddon Clough

A pleasant three mile walk exploring the extent of lime workings in East Lancashire which dates back to the 16th century. The trail passes the sites of former limestone kilns and limestone 'hushings'. Burnley Tourist Information - Tel: 01282 455485.

Slaidburn

Three and a half mile circular walk round Slaidburn - Clitheroe Tourist Information Tel: 01200 425566

Whittle-le-Woods and the Walton Summit Branch Walk

This 6 mile circular route traces the historic route of the Lancaster Canal Branch to the Leeds Liverpool Canal. With many fascinating historic and geographic features on route this excellent walk is a feast for the senses. A free leaflet to accompany the walk is available from County Info Points and Chorley Borough Council Offices. Chorley County Information Centre Tel: 01257 241693. Email: Chorley.CIC@lcl.lancscc.gov.uk

Wyre Borough Council Walks

GUIDED WALKS

Bolton

Get more out of your visit by exploring the area with a qualified Blue Badge Guide. These knowledgeable guides offer walks for groups on a variety of themes including Victorian Bolton and Bolton pubs. (Fees are subject to requirements). Tel: 0161 440 02770

Castlefield Guided Tour Service

One hour tours of the Castlefield Urban Heritage Park. Themes include the Romans and urban regeneration. Specialist tour available on request. Open: Mon-Fri except 25 and 26th December. Tel: 0161 834 4026

Clitheroe & Whalley Ghost Walks

Dressed in authentic Victorian costume, your host, Simon Entwistle will be delighted to accompany you on the one and a quarter hour guided walk exploring haunted ginnels, cobbled streets and burial grounds. In his inimitable style, complete with resident ghosts and sound effects, Simon tells the history of these fascinating towns. Walks in 2000 will take place in July, August and September. Private bookings can be taken all year round. For times and prices Tel: 01200 425566.

Lancaster -Old Calendar Walks

Join Dr Socrates Gripenerve (late physician to the Emperor of all Austria) and Pilling Dick (late of ye stocks, Market Place) celebrating ye olden time traditions on their esteem'd torchlit perambulations around historic Lancaster. All Walks start at 7.00 pm from the John O'Gaunt Gageway, Lancaster Castle. Pay at the start of the walk. - Tel: 01524 32878

Liverpool

City Walks - Summer walking tours of the city centre with a Blue Badge Guide; topics include architecture, art and The Beatles. Depart daily from the Tourist Information Centre, Queen Square May - September - Tel: 01512 652 3692.

Manchester

Qualified Blue Badge Guides provide a programme of guided walks and coach tours of Manchester and surrounding areas throughout the year. Tel: 0161 234 3157.

Pendle Walking Festival

Check website for details of Pendle Walking Festival

Ribble Estuary

A series of stolls along the Lytham shore to see the winter wildlife spectacle of the internationally important Ribble Estuary - Also illustrated talks about birds - Tel: RSPB - 01253 796292.

Rochdale Countryside Service

Guided walks are organised throughout the year - Tel: 01706 373421

Wyre

Guided Walks and activities throughout Wyre - Tel: 01253 887441 for FREE Countryside Activity programme featuring over 100 events and activities.

LONG DISTANCE WALKS

Arnside - Silverdale

In the North Western corner of Lancashire is the Arnside-Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a well defined area of small limestone hills, miniature valleys, woodlands and reclaimed mosslands. Walkers climbing Warton Crag will be rewarded with a magnificent view. The site is also a prehistoric hill fort. The coastal scenery is attractive, particularly where the woodlands and small limestone cliffs contrast with the extensive salt marshes and wide expanses of sand and water. The area is particularly noted for its wealth of trees and woodlands.

Bollin Valley Way

The Bollin Valley runs for over 23 miles from Macclesfield to Partington. It takes in every aspect of the Valley, from fields and woodlands, towns and villages, roads, railways, canals and even Manchester Airport. Tel: 01625 534790.

Bronte Way

A nine mile walk between Wycoller Country Park in North East Lancashire and Haworth in Yorkshire. Place names associated with the writings of the Bronte sisters are featured on the walk. Tel: 01282 698533 or 01535 642329.

Burnley Way

The route covers 37 miles passing through Burnley, Padiham, Worsthorne, Cliviger, Briercliffe and Hapton, combining rural and urban walking using public footpaths, bridleways, canal towpaths and minor roads. The walk is divided into five sections, each of which starts and finishes near public transport routes. Tel: 01282 455485.

Cheshire Lines Path

The Cheshire Lines Railway Company operated services between Liverpool and Southport via Gateacre, West Derby and Aintree in the days of private railway companies. The name has survived to describe the new use of this former railway between Aintree and Ainsdale, passing through West Lancashire. This ten mile traffic-free path for walkers is suitable for the mobility impaired.

Hyndburn Clog

A 31 mile circular walk is at the centre of Lancashire's beautiful Hill Country. It passes through dramatic and varied countryside, from moorland to lowland, with spectacular views of the surrounding areas. The route has been created by the Hyndburn Ramblers Association and provides a real challenge - if walked all in one go! For those who prefer a more gentle stroll, or want to enjoy the route as a series of stages, the Clog is broken down into seven stages.

Canal Clog 18.6 miles circular walk, links part of the Hyndburn Clog with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath. The scenery varies all the time between townscape and green fields. Guided books and leaflets are available from Accrington Information Centre, The Town Hall, Accrington BB5 1LA. Tel: 01254 872595.

Irwell Sculpture Trail

A 30 mile path through the heritage of South East Lancashire. The route extends from Manchester through industrial towns and attractive countryside to the upland villages of Rossendale. Can be walked in sections - Tel: 01706 226590.

Lancashire Coastal Way

A waymarked route extends from Silverdale to Freckleton by way of Knott End and Fleetwood using the ferry to cross the River Wyre. The route follows the Lune and Ribble Estuaries and is ideal for bird watching. Parts of the route are suitable for people with impaired mobility. Further information from Tourist Information Centres or Tel: 01772 264709.

Lancashire Plain

The coastal Plain of Lancashire is extensive with the majority of the land being very flat. However there are various panoramic viewpoints such as from Parbold Hill in West Lancashire. Walking in this area is confined mainly to field paths and tracks but can be extremely interesting when passing through small villages and agricultural communities. Of particular interest are the coastal footpaths.

Longridge Fell

Longridge Fell affords panoramic views over the Hodder Valley, Bowland Forest, North East Lancashire and the Pennine Hills. Good views can also be obtained of the Ribble Valley and the Lancashire Coast. Parking can be found around the Fell.

Lune Valley Ramble

A 16 mile walk following the River Lune between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale. This stretch of the Lune flows through some of Northern England's finest lowland countryside. The route is signed and waymarked. Illustrated guide available from Lancaster Tourist information Centre - Tel: 01524 32878

Lunesdale Walk

Passing through the wooded valleys of north Bowland and the rolling landscape of the Lune Valley this 33 km walk takes in several picturesque villages. Can be walked in two loops, with public transport links and local accommodation available. A full colour guide including maps available from Lancaster Tourist information Centre Tel: 01524 32878.

Middlewood Way

A highly successful reclamation of a former railway from Macclesfield to Marple, providing an 11 mile traffic-free route for walkers, cyclists, horseriders and nature lovers, on the fringe of the Peak Park. Leaflets and historical information are on display at visitor centre facility at Nelson Pit, Higher Poynton (Tel: 01625 850386).

North Turton Trail - Website

A strenuous walk around the upland Parish of Turton situated in the heart of the West Pennine Moors. The trail passes through the pleasant village of Turton Bottoms and around the Wayoh, Turton and Entwistle Reservoirs. Further information from West Pennine Moors Information Service - Tel: 01204 691549.

Oldham Way

A 40 mile walk through the beautiful and varied countryside of Oldham borough which passes relics of Industrial Heritage including the route of a steam tramway. Leaflets for the seven sections are available from Oldham Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 0161 627 1024

Parlick Fell

Parlick Fell is 432 metres in height and is situated in the south western corner of Bowland. Longer walks can be achieved, taking in places of interest such as Chipping and Beacon Fell. Parlick Fell also provides a route on to the Fair Snape, Wolf Fell and Saddle Fell Access Areas within the Forest of Bowland.

Pendle Way

A 45 mile circular walk in eight sections starts at Pendle Heritage Centre and passes through many picturesqe villages, such as Barnoldswick Earby and Newchurch. There are also six smaller circular walks along the route. Tel: 01282 695366.

Pennine Way

Part of the 250 mile walk runs along the eastern edge of Saddleworth. This is wild country. Walkers can expect to encounter peat bogs, craggy outcrops, and the remnants of hillside quarries as well as splendid views of the Castleshaw Valley. Oldham Countryside Ranger Service 0161 620 8202 organises events and activities throughout the borough.

Pennine Bridleway

The first section, the 72m Mary Towneley loop provides an exhilarating ride or walk for riders, cyclists and walkers. It will take you though varied countryside rich in industrial heritage. The remaining Pennine Bridleway opens 2004. Tel: 01706 864928

Preston

A 23 mile walk around Preston comprising a well marked network of routes can be walked in stages. A detailed booklet and other leaflets are available from Preston Tourist Information Centre, The Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, - Tel: 01772 253731.

Ribble Way

A 70 mile long footpath following the River Ribble and its valley from the estuary to its source in the Yorkshire Dales. The Ribble Way passes through a variety of landscapes from the flat, tidal marshes of Longton to the peaceful gorge of Chatburn, Limestone beyond Sawley, and finally the open moorland around the County border.

Rochdale Way

A 50 mile long distance route currently being developed around the borough of Rochdale. Passing through all the main visitor attractions, industrial heritage sites and countryside areas. Leaflets of individual sections available from Rochdale Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 0161 627 1024

Sandstone Trail, Cheshire

Website with details of Cheshire's Sandstone Trail which stretches for 34 miles/55 kilometres across lovely rural Cheshire and north Shropshire. It's one of the finest and most popular long distance paths in North West England, UK.

South Pennines

On the eastern edge of Lancashire are the South Pennine Hills which are slightly higher at around 520 metres. These hills stretch into Yorkshire and are well known for their connection with the literary Bronte family.

Tameside Trail

A popular 40 mile walk around the Tameside borough boundary visiting a wide variety of countryside with excellent views. A trail imbued with rich heritage. Guide book available from Tameside Tourist Information Centre - Tel: 0161 343 4343.

Trans Pennine Trail in Trafford

A unique route for walkers, cyclists and horses between Liverpool and Hull. The trail, which uses many existing rights of way, canal towpaths, disused railways and riverside paths, passes through the Mersey Valley and the Bollin Valley. - Tel: 01625 534790

West Craven Way

The West Craven Way is a 24 mile walk which circles the whole of the West Craven Area. The walk explores the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the area from the looming moors to South and West to the "Drumlin" landscape of the pasture and to the North. West Craven's towns and villages also offer the visitor a number of great things to see and do. You can obtain two leaflets - Part One - 12 miles and Part Two - l2 miles from Barnoldswick Tourist Information Centre - To obtain leaflets Tel: 01282 661981 or email tourism@pendle.gov.uk.

West Pennine Moors

90 square miles of moorland, valleys, farmland and reservoirs overlooking the towns of Accrington, Blackburn and Chorley to the North and West. The moors are cut by valleys which afford pleasant walking. North West Water has a large interest in the area and there are many reservoirs which blend into the landscape extremely well and provide lovely features to walk around. The majority of the hills are between 396 metres and 430 metres above sea level and provide outstanding views.

Worsthorne/Hurstwood

A network of improved paths offer a variety of walks through the countryside on the east side of Burnley - Tel: 01282 455485.

Wyre Way

A 16 mile walk exploring the history and wildlife of the Wyre Estuary and surrounding countryside. Further details from The Tourist Information Centre, Fleetwood - Tel: 01253 773953.

TOWN TRAILS

Town Trails can be a way of enjoying a walk around a town and learning something about its history and buildings. Sometimes a small charge is made for the leaflet giving details of the trail. Telephone the local Tourist Information who may be able to send you a leaflet or collect one if visiting the town.

Accrington - Accrington Pals Town Trail - Trail around the town centre and historical sites associated with the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment "The Accrington Pals." Leaflet from Accrington Tourist Information Centre - Tel: 01254 386807.

Accrington - Baxenden Heritage Trail - A walk linking sites of historical and industrial interest. Tel: 01254 386807.

Accrington - Accrington Acorn Trail - Interesting walk along Accrington Town Trail including the Town Hall, Gothic House, St James Church and the Market Hall. Free leaflet available from the Information Centre, Town Hall, Accrington Tel: 01254 872595.

Barnoldwick - Tel: 01282 666704 - Barnoldwick is a very pleasant town retaining much of its character. Industrialisation came comparatively late and it was well planned and orderly, avoiding the rapid growth in factories and attendant slum dwellings which affected so many northern towns and cities. Barnoldswick has largely managed to retain its architectural heritage and therefore much of its character.

Blackburn - Old Blackburn Walk - Town Centre trail which emphasises the history and growth of Blackburn featuring buildings of architectural and historic interest. Tel: 01254 667130 - Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.

Blackpool Heritage Trail - The history of Blackpool is explained in a booklet featuring local sites and attractions. The saleable booklet is available from The Keep Blackpool Tidy Offices, 8 Market Street, Blackpool Tel: 01253 25212. Can be downloaded shortly.

Chorley Heritage Trail - a 1 mile heritage trail through the centre of Chorley. Leaflet available from Chorley Tourism Unit, Council Offices, Gillibrand St Chorley Tel: 01257 515300 or Chorley County Information Centre Tel: 01257 241693. Email: Chorley.CIC@lcl.lancscc.gov.uk

Clitheroe - A historic walk round Clitheroe is available. Details from The Information Centre, Clitheroe - Tel: 01200 442226 or click here for details of a short town trail.

Garstang - Circular walk around this historic market town including the Lancaster Canal and River Wyre. Can be downloaded

Lancaster Maritime Trail - A self-guiding walk exploring Lancaster's fascinating maritime history. A publication, Maritime Trail in Lancaster is available from Lancaster Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01524 32878.

Leyland Cross Circular Walk - A one mile walk around the Leyland Cross Conservation area which follows a path charting the early heritage of Leyland. A leaflet is available from Leyland County Information Centre (Tel: 01772 621857. Can be downloaded

Manchester Jewish Heritage Trails. Tours of the Jewish Quarter of the City. Tel: 0161 834 9879.

Nantwich Town Trail - Guided tours of the town can be arranged by contacting the Tourist information Centre where a 'Walkabout Tour' leaflet is on sale. Tel: 01270 610983.

Oldham - A walk around Oldham town centre which takes in Oldham's past and the scope and detail of its Victorian architecture. - Tel: 0161 627 1024

Poulton-le-Fylde - The trail guides visitors around the historical centre and landmarks of this picturesque village. A leaflet is available. - Wyre Tourism and Countryside Officer - Tel: 01253 891000 ext. 441.

Rochdale and Co-operative Town Trail - The trail takes in the important sites connected with the development of the Co-operative Movement in Rochdale, including places of interest which contributed to the commercial, industrial, religious and political evolution of the town. Leaflet available from Rochdale Tourist Information.Tel: 0161 627 1024.

St Annes Town Trail - A town trail of 1 1/2 miles featuring historical and environmental land marks of St Annes. Also an extended walk of 2 miles. Leaflet available from Lytham County Information Centre Tel: 01253 794405. Can be downloaded

Stockport Heritage Trail - The Town Centre Heritage Trail spans 800 years of Stockport's history. Whether you are a visitor, historian, a resident or a schoolchild, you will discover some of the town's most interesting and unusual sites. The trail covers 36 sites of historic or social significance, including pubs, bridges, statues, museums and brows (a local term meaning a steep, sometimes cobbled hill). There is also an additional 8 places of interest beyond the town centre, but within easy walking distance. These are described and marked on a separate map within the Heritage Trail leaflet. The trail starts at the Stockport Tourist Information Centre situated in the heart of Stockport's Market Place where you can collect your free Stockport Town Centre Heritage Trail. It will take you approximately 90 minutes to walk, covering some 4 kilometres (2 miles) and requires 3,720 footsteps - depending on your stride! Tel: 0161 474 4444

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