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3 Follow the woodland path marked by Burnley Way marker posts up the steep slope, about 400m, to Thieveley Farm Ruin where there is a picnic bench on your right.

2 Just before the gate take the footpath steps on the right, which head up steeply between Buckley and Dodbottom woods. At the top of the steps you will find a kissing gate, which leads to the woodland sign for ‘Thieveley’.

The walk begins along the 1 Pennine Bridleway, which is adjacent to the bus stop on the right as you face the Ram Inn. Turn left onto the track and follow it down, crossing over the infant River Calder, passing the point where the Pennine Bridleway turns sharp right and on under two railway archways. The track winds round to the left up to a farm gate saying “Buckley Private Road”.

6 After a steep slope down you should pass another picnic table, then come to a kissing gate with a woodland sign. Go through the gate and down the path until you meet a stone track alongside Cliviger fishponds.

5 When you reach a marker post with a yellow arrow on, turn left and follow the series of white marker posts, which will take you along a permissive path downhill between the young trees. You should soon see Cliviger fishponds below you.

4 The path curves round to the left, behind the ruin to a kissing gate. Keep the kissing gate on your right and bear left through the gate gap with a little sign to Calder Head on a post. Carry on downhill 400m, with wall ruins and an old fence on your left, and a flatbottomed valley on your right.

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8 Just before a row of cottages turn sharp left up the farm track. Follow the track for 200m over a stile and cattle grid, past the small Calder Head Wood. Continue through the open fields beyond, over another stile and cattle grid. Leave the gates as you found them. Carry on between the barn and the sharp right turn, following the track round to the left until you see three gates.

7 Follow the track to your right, past the first fishpond. At the red lifebuoy turn left over the bridge and around the second fishpond until you come to some wooden steps on your left. Climb the steps up to the road. Shut the gate behind you and cross the busy road carefully. Turn right and follow the pavement for 300m.

Walking instructions - Numbers correspond to points on the map

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It’s a walk as spectacular as many in the Dales or the Lake District, but just a few miles from Burnley town centre.

You will pass through historic woodlands, new Forest of Burnley plantings and near an old lead and silver mine. You’ll see dramatic views of Thieveley Scout, Pendle Hill, Yorkshire’s Stoodley Pike and Cliviger Fishponds.

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There is plenty of wildlife to see including peregrine falcons, ravens, deer, herons, kingfishers and woodpeckers.

A short (4 miles / 8km) but strenuous walk, climbing part of the spectacular upland Cliviger Gorge.

THIEVELEY - HIGH IN THE CLIVIGER GORGE

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11 Walk uphill until you reach a stile and pass a FOB sign for Merrill Head. Over the stile, follow the wall past a gate then downhill until you reach a corner stile that joins the Pennine Bridleway. Turn left onto the bridleway and keep heading downwards, through a gate, until you meet the main A646. Cross carefully to the Ram Inn where you began.

path turns a sharp right to cross the stream by a wooden footbridge. Over the bridge climb the stile and follow the path left, heading up toward the tree shelters.

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9 Go through the gate with the footpath marker past Light Birks Cottages to the stile. Follow the path around the stone wall leading down the field side of Green Clough Wood.

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Calder Head Wood

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Route of Walk Public Footpath Pennine Bridleway Burnley Way Thieveley Scout Woodlands FOB Woodlands Bus Stop Railway lines Parking Public House Main Road Care - road crossing Viewpoint River/Stream School Picnic Area Bus Stop Tunnel Buildings


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