N E W 2 0 1 5 E D I T I O N - I NC LU D I NG C H E S H I R E WA L K S
5 Great Mitton - The Three Fishes 11 Hurst Green and Stonyhurst - The Three Fishes 15 Nether Burrow - The Highwayman 19 A walk from Leck - The Highwayman 23 A walk around the Estate - The Bull 27 Pinhaw Beacon - The Bull 31 Witton Park - The Clog and Billycock 35 Alum Scar - The Clog and Billycock 39 Haughton - The Nag’s Head 43 Beeston - The Nag’s Head
Welcome to ‘Go Walking’ with Ribble Valley Inns It will come as no surprise to find Ribble Valley Inns are passionate about food. We have established a reputation for championing the freshest local, seasonal produce - and it has to be full of flavour... it’s the rule. What is perhaps less well known is we are just as passionate about where we are situated. So we’ve carefully selected ten walks to introduce you to the wonderful scenery of Lancashire, Cumbria, Yorkshire and Cheshire. It’s an opportunity to work up an appetite whilst discovering some interesting facts about the countryside right on the doorstep of our Ribble Valley Inns. Following your walk why not join us for a spot of lunch or dinner? We’re certain to have something on the menu that will add the finishing touch to a great day out. We have graded and clearly marked each walk with one of the following symbols to help you decide which walk is right for you. So what are you waiting for? Get your walking boots on - and get exploring!
Easy - mainly flat without too many inclines.
Moderate - undulating terrain requiring some effort.
Strenuous - challenging routes where a good level of fitness is required.
Our thanks to Bob Clare, David Johnstone and their team for researching and testing these walks. For further walks in Lancashire check out Bob’s book ‘100 Walks in Lancashire’ published by Crowood Press
www.lancashirewalks.com We have done our best to ensure that the walks are accurate and up to date. We will continue to check our walks but the reader must use his/her own common sense to ensure his/her own safety and comfort.
INSPIRING WALKS & CHALLENGING TREKS IN LANCASHIRE
alking is a fantastic way to explore Lancashire’s countryside, canals, coast and towns, giving you access to stunning views, quiet lanes and rare wildlife. Be inspired by the Pendle witches, walk in the footsteps of renowned authors, enjoy a heritage trail and see some of the county’s best industrial landmarks and don’t forget to sample some of Lancashire’s famous fayre along the way.
A recent study has found that on average dog walkers cover a distance of over 548 miles a year with their faithful hounds and where better to rack up those miles than Lancashire. With towering mountain ranges, rolling moorland, the romantic wilderness of The Forest of Bowland AONB and of course not forgetting the famous Lancashire coastline, including a 137 mile footpath that takes in spectacular views of Morecambe Bay and the Bowland Fells, there is plenty to explore in this part of the world.
Dig out your walking boots and try these scenic suggestions: The peaks and troughs of the West Pennine Moors and the Forest of Bowland AONB offer many challenging routes include climbing to the summits of Lancashire’s two highest points - Green Hill and Gragareth, both in the far northeast of the county. For something flatter take your pick of walks along Lancashire’s canal network and take in the sites such as the Lune Aqueduct in historic Lancaster, a masterpiece of civil engineering and often referred to as one of the “Wonders of the Waterways”. If you’re looking for a challenge why not try the Three Peaks of Lancashire; Longridge Fell- 350m, Easington Fell – 396m and Pendle – 557m. Ideal for a long weekend this 38 mile walk takes in some of Lancashire’s loveliest low ground as well; a ruined abbey at Whalley; the banks of the Calder; Ribble and Hodder; and then a second Cistercian abbey at Sawley. From short, gentle rambles to long distance treks, you can download a whole range of routes that allow you to explore the county on visitlancashire.com.
WHATâ€™S NEARBY... THE THREE FISHES Stonyhurst 1.55 miles Clitheroe Castle 2.43 miles THE CLOG & BILLYCOCK King Georges Hall 1.8 miles Blackburn Cathedral 1.99 miles Hoghton Tower 2.1 miles Samlesbury Hall 2.3 miles THE HIGHWAYMAN Leighton Hall 7.5 miles Carnforth Station 7.74 miles NORTHCOTE Stonyhurst 2.79 miles Blackburn Cathedral 4.58 miles Photography: Graham Cooper
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THE THREE FISHES
Mitton Road, Mitton, Nr Whalley, Lancashire BB7 9PQ Tel: 01254 826 888 www.thethreefishes.com
Burrow, Nr Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire LA6 2RJ Tel: 01524 273 338 www.highwaymaninn.co.uk
THE CLOG & BILLYCOCK
Billinge End Road, Pleasington, Blackburn BB2 6QB Tel: 01254 201 163 www.theclogandbillycock.com
Broughton, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 3AE Tel: 01756 792 065 www.thebullatbroughton.com
THE NAGâ€™S HEAD Long Lane, Haughton Moss, Nr Tarporley, Cheshire CW6 9RN Tel: 01829 260 265 www.nagsheadhaughton.co.uk
Great Mitton - The Three Fishes The Ribble Valley is a part of Lancashire that is almost unknown by people living outside of the county. In its middle section it is dominated by the huge bulk of Pendle Hill. This short walk will introduce you to a lovely reach of the river - with the great hill as a backdrop, returning by quiet meadows with scattered woods.
The Three Fishes, BB7 9PQ
- 3 hours
Flat and easy with a short climb away from the river at Mitton and Edisford Bridge. After Edisford Bridge there is a road walk section of approximately 1000 yards. Please walk on the right and face the oncoming traffic.
MAP: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
1 From the Three Fishes, turn right and walk slightly downhill passing the church and the Old Hall opposite.
The church and hall have histories stretching back to antiquity. The road leads down to Mitton Bridge which crosses the River Ribble and offers stunning views. On the far side, turn left onto a footpath through a wooden kissing gate. Close to this spot there is a sign showing that from the start of the walk you have been on the Ribble Way. This seventy mile Long Distance Path follows the Ribble from its source in the Yorkshire Dales to its estuary near Longton to the west of Preston. Of all the major rivers that
have their source in the Yorkshire Dales, the Ribble is the only one to flow west. For the first part of the walk to Edisford Bridge you follow the Ribble Way. For most of it the great bulk of Pendle will be in sight. (Clear weather permitting). The footpath follows a fence on the left and soon offers a splendid view of the church and hall across the river. Follow the field boundary as it leads gently uphill to a stile in a wooden fence. Over this, bear left and then after a kissing gate enter a large riverside pasture. Return to the riverside. Beyond a small service building, join a track leading up to a utility bridge spanning the river. Here continue through a wooden gate on a track that soon brings you to Shuttleworth Farm. After passing outbuildings on the right, go through a kissing
Great Mitton gate to diagonally cross a small meadow to a second kissing gate in its far corner. Turn left onto the farm road. After the river bends away, left keep ahead for another 500 yards to reach a lane junction immediately beyond woods on the left. Here, turn left and then right onto a track a short distance from the junction. Almost immediately go through the kissing gate onto enclosed path. This soon reunites you with the river. The path passes close to a camping and caravanning site to enter the Riverside Park before Edisford Bridge. This is an attractive and popular amenity, especially in the summer. Keep ahead through the playground and car park to join Edisford Road (B6243). Turn left and cross the bridge.
2 There is no pavement over the bridge so be aware of traffic - advice all the harder to follow if admiring the charming riverscape on both sides of the bridge. Now keep firmly to the right side of the road as it climbs up past the Edisford Bridge Inn.
Hall Farm. Turn right onto a farm road (in the direction of holiday cottages). After crossing a stile next to a metal gate, continue on the Tarmac to the next gate. From here bear slightly right to cross a stile leading into a large field. Follow the hedge to your left as its leads you across fields by a series of wooden stiles. After the way crosses a culvert, the next stile leads into a vast field. Keeping the hedge on your left, keep walking ahead and then a short distance beyond a small enclosed pond turn left, over a stile onto a narrow path known as Malkin Lane. After the vast open fields Malkin Lane is very much enclosed. Keep on it for 300 yards until it brings you onto a quiet lane opposite a house. This is in Church Lane. Turn left and youâ€™ll soon arrive at your destination - Great Mitton.
Continue on the main road past the junction for Bashall and carry on for another 800 yards. The prominent height to the right is Longridge Fell. Where the road bends sharply right, cross to the drive of Far Lands
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Hurst Green and Stonyhurst - The Three Fishes Hurst Green is just a short drive from The Three Fishes. Turn left out of the pub car park and then left again onto the B6243 which quickly leads you to Hurst Green. Take a moment to visit the striking obelisk dedicated to Ikutaro Sugi - a young Japanese translator who died whilst in the area on a visit. His last resting place is one of the loveliest corners of England.
START: Roadside parking opposite the war memorial on Hurst Green, Avenue Road, off B6243 between Longridge and Clitheroe BB7 9QB. From the Three Fishes turn left and then turn left again on the junction onto the B6243. Hurst Green is a short drive from this point. DISTANCE: SUMMARY:
4 miles (6.4km)
2 - 3 hours
Very easy in general, with a short climb away from Dean Brook. MAP:
OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
Hurst Green and Stonyhurst
1 Walk along the road towards Clitheroe for some 700 yards. Then turn left along the drive leading up to Fair Field. It was here, in late October 1905, Ikaturo Sugi - the young Japanese translator and Stonyhurst teacher - died after a long illness. Follow the track to the right of the house and then through a gate into the grounds of Stonyhurst College. Across the cricket field there is a handsome pavilion. The track leads around to a junction by farm buildings - here turn left.
2 This track will bring you quickly to Stonyhurst College itself. Stonyhurst College is considered to be one of the country’s leading Catholic public schools. It is where JRR Tolkien sent his son.
Presumably whenever he came to visit, he took the opportunity to explore the nearby countryside. Little wonder then that the setting of The Shire in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ - home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins - is based on this enchanting part of Lancashire. The right of way passes the chapel and then crosses the main entrance with the drive and ornamental ponds on the left. Keep ahead, passing college houses on the left, to arrive at a lane. Turn left. Keep on the lane for a little under 700 yards.
3 After passing Stockbridge Cottages on the left you reach the drive of Higher Deer House, also on the left. (The public footpath sign gets concealed by foliage in the summer).
Hurst Green and Stonyhurst Walk down the farm track for 800 yards and through the farm (aided by yellow waymark arrows) taking a footpath across a field to Deer House Wood. Drop down to Dean Brook, cross the footbridge, and climb the steep side valley to reach a fence which is crossed by ladder stile. The path edges around the wood, and after another ladder stile reaches a stile in a wall. Cross this onto a broad farm track. From this point you may wish to take a short detour to admire the former royal hunting lodge of Greengore a little way to the right.
4 The route now turns left and follows the track as it bends to the right. Keep on this as it reaches Tarmac on its descent towards the village. After 900 yards/15mins turn left at the lane. After 250 yards this brings you round to a lane leading to the rear of the church. Sugiâ€™s memorial is not far from this entrance. After paying your respects return to the lane to follow it down a pretty dell and then up into the village. Turn right to return to the the starting point of the walk.
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Nether Burrow - The Highwayman Since 1974 the highest part of Lancashire has been Leck Fell, which geographically is part of the Yorkshire Dales. This short walk gives you stunning views of these lovely high hills without ever troubling you to climb an incline.
The Highwayman, LA6 2RJ
4 miles (6km)
- 3 hours
The section of road at the start and end of the walk has no pavement. Readers should note that at weekends this can be very busy especially with motorcyclists. Keep close to the right hand verge. SUMMARY:
MAP: OS OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western Areas.
1 From the inn car park turn right in the direction of Kirkby Lonsdale.
After this bear left to a wall crossed by a ladder stile.
Here it may be best to walk along the grass verge. After 300 yards the road crosses Burrow Bridge which was first built in 1735.
After passing below telephone wires, bear left towards a field corner on the rise ahead.
Below it flows Leck Beck which has its source in the highest part of Lancashire.
Here, keep ahead to the left of a wire fence as it drops to the next field corner, close to a small brook.
Continue past the imposing gates of Burrow Hall, then at the drive of Yew Tree Farm turn right onto the farm road.
After a metal fence, cross a stone bridge to a ladder stile. Over this bear right in a large field to a metal gate.
Follow this as it bears right and then bends to the left in front of a huge stone barn.
Continue in the next field to a ladder stile crossing to a drive.
After passing a 17th century farmhouse keep ahead on a farm track through a metal gate, and continue past an isolated barn.
Turn left on the drive and with Leck Beck on your right, continue for 250 yds.
Nether Burrow Where the drive turns left, keep ahead on a narrow footpath which leads to Cowan Bridge on the busy A65.
had very little traffic but we advise the usual precautions - keep to the right and walk in single file whenever vehicles appear.
Before continuing the walk, the cottages to the left are of some interest. These once housed the Clergy Daughtersâ€™ School attended by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters Emily, Maria and Elizabeth. Conditions were so dire that typhus broke out - killing Maria and Elizabeth and no doubt compromising the health of Charlotte and Emily. There is commemorative plaque on the wall.
Where the road bends sharply left, keep ahead at a wooden gate leading into a large field. With a hedge on your left (at first) keep ahead towards Parkside Farm.
2 Returning to the route, cross the bridge and walk along the A65 to the bus shelter. Behind this turn right onto a narrow path that soon reaches open fields.
When you reach it go through a wooden gate to the left of two metal ones and bear right into the main yard. Once past a large barn turn right, and after a metal gate bear left as you enter a long field. As the field narrows between woods to the left and the tree lined Leck Beck on the right, bear right to follow the fence. In the far corner, a ladder stile leads onto the A683 close to Burrow Bridge. Turn left for the inn and a well deserved drink.
Keep ahead, crossing four fields until you reach the tiny community of Overtown. Here a wooden stile leads into a grassy lane between properties. At its end turn left through a small wooden gate, cutting across a parking area (in a garden) to reach a drive. This leads to a lane. Go straight on. There now follows 700 yards of road walking. When the route was checked it
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A walk from Leck - The Highwayman Leck is just about as far as you can go in Lancashire without ending up in Cumbria or Yorkshire. This is limestone country, with a world of pot holes beneath your feet. The route includes a wild moorland road walk before dropping to a limestone wonder - Ease Gill Kirk, and then returning alongside a meandering stream.
START: Car park by St. Peter’s church. LA6 2JD. Please contribute to the courtesy box. From the Highwayman turn right onto A683 Kirkby Lonsdale Road and immediately right onto Woodman Lane. Follow for 2 miles to Cowan Bridge. At Cowan Bridge go straight across the A65 for Leck. After ½ mile turn right. The car park is on the left, just before the church. DISTANCE:
3 - 4 hours
SUMMARY: This is the most strenuous walk we offer in this guide. The first part of the walk climbs the lonely moorland road up to Leck Fell House. From there it’s all downhill unless you wish to opt to visit the summit of Gragareth, Lancashire’s highest point.
MAP: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
A walk from Leck
1 From the car park turn left towards Ireby and follow the lane for ¾ mile (15 minutes). Across the fields on the left look out for the distinctive profile of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks of Yorkshire. After the lane turns sharply left at Todgill Farm, turn left onto a farm track that soon starts to climb, first behind Leck Villa on the left and then Leck Hall. In 30 minutes or just over 1½ miles the track reaches the Fell Road.
2 Turn right. This lonely road climbs up to Leck Fell House which is reached after another 1½ miles (40 mins).
Throughout this section the views open out and from time to time it is well worth stopping and looking behind you to admire them. Directly south are the Bowland Fells while further west Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley can be picked out. High on the skyline to the right look out for the Three men of Gragareth - tall stone cairns that seem to brood over the landscape. If you have time they are well worth a visit. Keep ahead through a five bar gate. Carefully negotiating a way through or around the rock fields that cover the lower fellside, make your way up to the Three Men, with your back to the last out building of the farm. On reaching the cairns, maintain the same direction until you intercept a faint path that
A walk from Leck will lead you across to the trig point which will be reached after 10 - 15mins. This is the highest point in Lancashire. Retrace your steps back to Leck Fell House.
3 Now begins a very awkward traverse of moorland to gain the gill. Approaching the farm on the fell road turn left at the metal gate. With the wall to your right, you should be able to discern something of a path through bog and marsh heading towards the valley before you. Casterton Fell opposite Bullpot Farm provides a good aiming point. As you come in sight of the gill bear left on a shelf above it.
gully down to Leck Beck. (Keep ahead if you wish to reach the village more quickly.) The riverside walk provides a delightful conclusion to the circuit. As you near the river, turn left through a lovely wooded vale. In spring the woods are carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic. After crossing pastures enter Leck, turning left at the first junction. The lane leads up to a second junction. Keep ahead to St Peterâ€™s Primary School. Follow the footpath signs to the right of the main building to reach the church car park.
The first thing that will strike you will be the fact that the gill is dry. Near this point the remarkable geology of Ease Gill Kirk is worth closer inspection. It is an impressive dry waterfall cut into the limestone.
4 On reaching the gill turn left and pick up a path that takes you above a narrow defile and then the waterfalls of Leck Beck Head. With Leck Beck on your right follow the path back to the village. Just 200 yards beyond a ruined farm building - marked Anneside on the OS map - turn right over a stile on a footpath that follows a
A walk around the Estate - The Bull Not long after the church of All Saints was established 900 years ago, the Tempest Family moved into the parish. Thirty-one generations later the family is still there, and though there is no denying their deep roots - especially evident in the rather splendid Broughton Hall - present owner Roger Tempest is as much interested in the future as in the past. Soon after inheriting the estate he set up a business park. Today this provides employment for 600 people. That sounds busy - but as you quickly discover when you follow this route, the business park has a minimum impact on its surroundings. In fact you will hardly know itâ€™s there.
The Bull, BD23 3AE
31/2 miles (5.6km)
11/2 - 2 hours
After a short road walk along the A59 you are taken back in time into a rural idyll. When you walk it youâ€™ll see why the Tempests have stayed for 900 years!
MAP: OS OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas.
A walk around the Estate
1 From the Bull, turn left along the A59 in the direction of Gisburn. Five minutes walking will lead you to a slip road bearing left. Follow this down and then turn left over broad bridge to reach the gates of Broughton Hall and its business park. The route turns right in front of the gates and continues along the lane for almost a little under 他 mile (15 minutes) crossing Primrose Hill to reach the church of All Saints. Keep on the lane passing the church hall on the right, and then immediately after turn left into a field through a wooden gate. Follow the fence on the left to a corner and then bear left towards a telephone pole. Here bear right more or less following the line of poles across the field to a gate.
2 Here the path crosses the old SkiptonColne railway line (now disused).
There is a great deal of interest in this line which was axed during the 1970s. Enthusiasts have formed a group trying with a view to restoring this useful Trans-Pennine rail link. Cross to a wooden gate, go through it and turn left. The next part of the walk keeps roughly parallel to the old railway which is now on your left. Keep ahead until you reach a farm drive. Cross this to a small metal gate and then cross a large pasture below a farm house to the right. Cross two pastures passing through identical metal gates to reach the edge of a strip of woodland. Soon after this the route begins to move away from the railway. After the next gate bear right, aiming to the right of three small trees in the fence line ahead. This will bring you to a wooden gate set in a short section of wall.
A walk around The Estate Once through this, skirt to the right of a grassy mound - Banner Hill - and then continue to a gate in a wooden fence. Next, cross a large field aiming for another short section of wall to the left of two tall trees. Here pass through a small wooden gate and keep ahead with a stone wall on your left. This leads down to a boggy depression in which flows Banner Hill Beck. Cross the stream and then continue over the rise before you. Ahead aim for a wooden gate 50 yards to the right of a wall corner.
left gently uphill crossing a wooden stile to enter the next large field. Keep ahead with the fence on your left dipping to a wooden gate. Here turn left. The way climbs a rise between two woods and then crosses to a track leading to a wooden gate. To the left the impressive farm complex is part of the Broughton Hall estate. Continue on the track which soon passes Middle Lodge next to ornate metal gates, crosses Broughton Beck and brings you onto the A59 next to the Bull.
3 DO NOT GO THROUGH THE GATE. Instead turn around, and with your back to the gate, aim for the far right corner of the field you are in. It takes you back to Banner Hill Beck (crossed more easily by a stone slab) and a wooden stile. (This may seem an unnecessary but its keeps you on the legal rights of way.) Now re-united with the disused line, climb over the stile and walk along the wall to an old ladder stile. Once over the stile turn right and cross the railway embankment to a path that leads steeply down on the other side to a second ladder stile.
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After this bear left to cross a small stream just before a gateway. Do not go through the gateway but continue with the fence on your
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Pinhaw Beacon - The Bull The Pennine Way was the first long distance footpath established in the UK - and one of the longest, at some 256 miles. This walk touches on a short section of the route, taking patrons of The Bull with a couple of hours to spare to the beautiful viewpoint of Pinhaw Beacon - a taster to whet the appetite for longer walks in future.
START: Roadside car park close to junction of Clogger Lane and Carleton Lane. From the Bull turn left and then immediately take a left slip road leading down to the gates of Broughton Hall. Follow Church Lane right as it leads past the church of All Saints to the edge of the hamlet of Elslack. Here bear right and then left onto Clogger Lane. This climbs steeply uphill to reach a junction with Carleton Lane. Turn left. There is off road parking a short distance along. DISTANCE:
31/2 miles (5.6km)
11/2 - 2 hours
This is not a long walk but it does involve a climb of a little more than 650 feet. Some people might regard this as strenuous. Alternatively you walk the road section to the cattle grid - just under a mile - 25 minutes
MAP: OS OL 21 The South Pennines.
1 Between the T-junction and car park take a narrow unmarked footpath (on your right when facing the T junction from the car park). Follow this down the hill for 500 yards to the corner of a large conifer plantation. Go through the gate, keeping the wall on your right as you walk. After 250 yards cross a stone stile into the plantation. Continue downhill through the trees for 200 yards until you meet a forestry track. Turn right. You are now making your way back to the road. Follow this track for 1000 yards (approx. 15 minutes). At a T-junction of tracks turn left, and then 20 yards before the next junction take a footpath on your right, forking right round a tree shortly afterwards.
Follow the path for 200 yards to a gate onto Carleton Lane. The road is not busy but seems to encourage fast driving so take care. Turn left. Keeping to the right continue on the road for 350 yards, cross a cattle grid and immediately take the footpath on the right.
2 The footpath follows a wall steeply upwards over Ransable Hill. After 700 yards the path levels off and then begins its descent towards Kirk Styles Farm, the nearer of two farms. Within 100 yards of the buildings the path meets the Pennine Way coming up from Lothersdale. After crossing a stone stile, turn immediately right along the wall for 30 yards. At the corner of the field, turn right and cross the stile onto the Pennine Way.
Pinhaw Beacon 3 After 50 yards veer left on a paved section, following this until it becomes a clear footpath across open moorland. This will take you up to the trig point. Before reaching the trig point there is an interesting diversion. Some 500 yards after leaving the paved path a waymarker shows a path coming in from the right. Robert Wilson’s gravestone is 120 yards down this path on the right. After seeing the grave retrace your steps to the main path. Guardsman Robert Wilson had responsibility for lighting the beacon during a period when the country was under threat of Napoleonic invasion. Severe weather trapped his detachment and Wilson was sent to obtain vital supplies. He was never seen
alive again. Sometime later his body was discovered - and buried where it was found. The inscription reads ‘Here was found dead the body of Robert Wilson, one of the Beacon Guards, who died Jan 29 1805 aged 69 years’. The view from the trig point is outstanding which is why we have left it to the end; to the west Pendle Hill dominates the Ribble Valley while to the north the Three Peaks of Yorkshire can be easily picked out. The way back to the car is clear. Continue on the Pennine Way as it descends to Carleton Lane. When you reach a wall turn right. On reaching the lane junction turn right for the car park. Or if you prefer continue on the Pennine Way - from this point there is about 200 miles of it left.
Make time to visit The Highwayman The Highwayman is situated in the hamlet of Burrow on the outskirts of Kirkby Lonsdale. Surrounded on all sides by the Lake District National Park, Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland it couldn’t be better situated for an enjoyable walk in the countryside. And now Summer has finally arrived, what could be better than lunch served with genuine Lancashire hospitality on our beautifully appointed garden terrace? To avoid any disappoint call or go online and make your reservation today! The Highwayman Inn, Burrow, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2RJ Tel: 01524 273 338 | www.highwaymaninn.co.uk facebook.com/theHighwaymanInn | twitter.com/@Highwayman_Inn
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Witton Park - The Clog and Billycock The modest hill behind the Clog and Billycock is one of the best viewpoints in Lancashire. Little wonder then that the Wainwright Society - which celebrates the life and works of Alfred Wainwright, born in nearby Blackburn - has placed a view pointer here. “AW”, as he was known, created “The Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells” perhaps the most popular series of guide books ever published.
START: The Clog and Billycock BB2 6QB
DISTANCE: 4 miles (6.4km)
TIME: 2 - 3 hours
A gentle walk visiting Witton Country Park and Billinge Hill. On different stages of the walk you will follow the Witton Weavers Way, a long distance trail that explores the countryside and its historical heritage around Blackburn.
MAP: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
1 From the car park turn left. Almost immediately past the inn turn left onto a footpath leading uphill to a patch of woodland. Follow the path across a stile to reach an elevated pasture. As you reach a path junction, turn right on the Witton Weavers Way to attain the highest part of the hill.
On a clear day it is possible to see the Lakeland Fells as well as a wide sweep of central Lancashire. This is where Wainwrightâ€™s memorial is located. The route continues heading west following the Witton Weavers Way as it crosses two fields and drops towards Butlers Delph. After crossing a stile it enters woods. As you reach a drive with a property on the right, turn left but almost immediately take a footpath on the right leading back into woodland.
When the Witton Weavers Way turns right, keep ahead to exit the woods at a stile of sorts. Before you is a huge field. The path is not clear, but by aiming to the left of an ornamental lake in 500 yards you will arrive at a gully that channels you down a stile. Cross this and follow the path as it leads onto a track close to Pleasington Old Hall.
2 When you reach a lane turn right. Passing between properties and after a black ornamental mail box on the right, turn left onto a drive that forms part of Route 6 of the National Cycle Network. At the next junction turn right. (With a view of the Hall to the left). Up this hill is the cemetery and crematorium. Keep on the lane until you reach the River Darwen at Butlerâ€™s Bridge.
Witton Park Turn left in front of the bridge following a path upstream to a metal footbridge. Cross this and turn left with the river on your left.
on Killiard Lane. Turn right. Killiard Lane leads down to Billinge End Road. Turn left for the Clog and Billycock.
For the next 400 yards the way skirts a vast area of playing fields to the right. When you reach a car park, re-cross the River Darwen by turning right over a footbridge to enter Witton Country Park. Follow the signs to the visitors centre. This is to the far side of the park from this entrance some 400 yards away close to the athletics track and pavilion.
3 As you approach the centre (situated in an old stables yard and well worth visiting if you have time) turn right to enter the gardens and lily pond, an attractive remnant of the hall that occupied a site nearby. Exit the garden through a gate in the stone wall, turn left onto a broad drive and then soon after turn left into Big Cover Wood.
Alternatively you may wish to climb to the top of Billinge Hill. Some 200 yards after entering the wood, close to an orienteering control post, turn right onto a track leading upwards. At the next junction turn left and keep on this path as it brings you to the summit - a small clearing with restricted views. Behind the summit turn left onto a broad track leading downwards. This will reunite you with the bridleway. Turn right to exit on Killiard Lane.
After passing through the adventure playground (if you can resist it) bear left across a footbridge on a public footpath leading up through the woods for a further 300 yards to a metal kissing gate. Go through this and follow the path as it crosses two pastures to reach a lane before Billinge Hill. Turn left onto the lane, then bear right onto a bridleway that cuts a corner of the thickly wooded hill to reach an area of open space
Following your walk, sit back and enjoy lunch or a leisurely drink on the newly refurbished outdoor terrace at The Clog & Billycock.
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Alum Scar - The Clog and Billycock Billinge Hill on the edge of Blackburn is a prominent landmark but its wooded slopes do not make it a great viewpoint. Far better is the unnamed height to its south west which is one of Lancashireâ€™s best. This walk leaves that delight to the very end.
START: The Clog and Billycock, BB2 6QB DISTANCE: 4Â˝ miles (7.2km)
TIME: 2 - 3 hours
SUMMARY: A gentle walk exploring a little-visited part of Lancashire with a steep incline or two.
MAP: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.
1 Opposite the car park take the footpath which leads narrowly past to the left of a garage crossing two stiles in quick succession. Dropping gently downhill at first with a hedge on the right, bear right at a telephone pole to reach a field corner opposite Westholme School.
Cross the brook and as you reach the top of the embankment turn left, at first following the brook and then after a plank bridge bear diagonally right to a stile next to the gate that is in view. Over this, follow the hedge on your right past an isolated farm house to reach Lodge Wood.
Cross a stile and cross the lane passing the school to your right. As you reach Shorrock Farm to the left, continue on a track past cottages to the right. Keep ahead edging a lawn to a stile.
The path crosses a drive and then leads up to a stile by a metal gate. Cross the stile and turn left, following the edge of Woodfold Park Estate. After passing the front of the impressive house of Woodfold Hall Stud, the path continues alongside the drive leading down to Further Lane. Here turn left.
Continue gently downhill with a fence on your left. After 150 yards cross a stile on the left next to a metal gate and continue downhill with the fence now on your right to a footbridge over Arley Brook.
2 Keep on the lane for 700 yards. Soon after passing the entrance to Ravenswing Farm on the right, turn left onto a footpath leading down to a stile and enter a large field. Keep ahead to a stile close to a metal gate.
Alum Scar Beyond this the path swings right aiming towards Wallbanks House which is distinguished by a tall radio mast. The fields here may be under cultivation at different parts of the year so you may need to follow the field boundaries. When you reach the lane turn left. You are now on Alum Scar Lane which leads down to Alum Scar Woods. Alum is a mineral that was once prized for its qualities as a dye. In King Henry VIIIâ€™s reign, overseas access to the mineral was completely cut off after Henry was excommunicated by the Pope. Alum Scar was part of the domestic effort to make up for the loss of the imported supply. Some 350 yards after joining the lane bear left through a wooden side gate onto a broad track. This soon enters dense woodland descending to a handsome stone bridge over Arley Brook. On the far side the track climbs steeply to emerge close to Alum Scar House.
3 Now on the Witton Weavers Way, you follow it back almost to the door of the Clog and Billycock. Turn right onto a drive leading towards Close Farm. Just before the farm entrance turn left on a footpath that takes you across fields to Woodcock Hill Road.
Here keep ahead onto the drive of Maiden House Farm. Keep ahead when the drive bends to the right. The path is well waymarked as you cross fields with the hedge line at first to the left. This path has an elevated feel as it gives you fine views across to Darwen Tower. After the trail enters woods close to Butlers Delph it turns left, and then before a property turns right on a path leading up to a stile crossing into pastureland. Go over this and keep heading up to the top of the hill.
This modest height provides one of the best viewpoints in the whole of Lancashire. Little wonder then that the Wainwright Society should site a view pointer here in memory to one of Blackburnâ€™s most famous sons. From the top, keep ahead towards a stile close to a tree. Do not cross the stile, but turn left onto a footpath that, after a patch of woodland, drops down to Pleasington Lane next to the Clog and Billycock. In our view the best of all public footpaths - one that leads to a public house!
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Haughton - The Nag’s Head The Nag’s Head in the heart of Cheshire offers walkers delightful opportunities to explore the nearby countryside. This short walk commences directly from the front door of the pub and is a leisurely stroll taking in Haughton Village.
START: DISTANCE: SUMMARY:
The Nag’s Head CW6 9RN
1 mile (1.6km)
30 - 45 mins
Short but sweet, this walk introduces you to beautiful countryside right on the doorstep of our newest Ribble Valley Inn. MAP: OS Explorer 257 Crewe & Nantwich.
1 From the front door of the Nag’s Head turn left onto Long Lane and then almost immediately right onto a farm track leading towards fields. At a metal gate turn left over a wooden stile and then follow the hedge on the right. Keep ahead at a waymaked post with a hedge on the left to reach a stile at a fence corner. Cross this and continue across a small paddock to climb over another. In the next large field keep ahead with the hedgerow on the left. At the next fence turn left over a wooden stile. Next, traverse this large field to the far side in the direction of the waymark arrow. As you cross the field aim for a telephone pole (older guests may call it a telegraph pole!)
and then enter a field which will seem like a broad corridor between two hedgerows. Keep ahead with waymark posts to help you stay en route. After a wooden gate aim for a distinctive domed building in a farm complex ahead. This brings you back to Long Lane.
2 Turn left. After 100 yards you will arrive at the Haughton village boundary indicated by a name sign. Guests content with this brief encounter with the Cheshire countryside continue along the lane - a ten minute walk will return you to the Nag’s Head. But for those of you still with the taste for high adventure… turn right onto a footpath leading into a field. Follow the hedge on the left to a stile and then continue in the same direction,
Haughton dropping to a depression where the path crosses a culvert. Keep ahead up the rise with hedgerow to the left. As you near an enclosure with tall trees aim for a wooden gate giving out onto a lane. To the right a handsome lodge. Turn left.
Stable Room at The Nag’s Head
3 After 400 yards just before large semidetached cottages turn left onto a footpath leading to a footbridge. Cross and continue with a brook to the right on a path through rough scrubland to a stile (broken but negotiable at the time of writing). In the next field cross to its far corner with a wooden fence to the left. When you reach Long Lane turn left for The Nag’s Head.
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Beeston - The Nag’s Head This walk takes you onto the Sandstone Trail with a super view of Beeston Castle perched on its pinnacle overlooking a wide sweep of the surrounding countryside.
Peckforton Road. Layby at junction with Horsley Lane on the southern edge of Beeston CW6 9TP. From the Nag’s Head turn right on Long Lane and follow it to the A49. Turn right. After 2 ½ miles turn left onto Moss Lane towards Beeston. This leads onto Peckforton Road. After passing Tattenhall Lane on the right the road soon comes to the junction with Horsley Lane on the edge of the Peckforton Castle Estate. START:
3 miles (4.8km)
11/2 - 2 hours
Easy - even with a climb
MAP: OS Explorer 257 Crewe & Nantwich.
1 From the junction walk down Horsley Lane with its magnificent view of Beeston Castle across the fields. After 350 yards the lane joins the Sandstone Trail which links Whitchurch to Frodsham crossing the county from south to north. Keep ahead on the lane and in a further 200 yards turn left as the trail enters the woodland of the Peckforton Castle Estate. For much of the remaining part of the walk you will be on estate land. Keep on the Sandstone Trail as it skirts the edge of woodland with fine views to the west. After Â˝ mile the track crosses a drive. Keep ahead still on the trail. Some 400 yards further along, branch left onto a footpath when the main track forks right to the Pheasant Inn.
2 Keep on the Sandstone Trail for another 200 yards as the path climbs up to the top of the ridge. As it reaches an area of cleared ground, leave the Sandstone Trail at a signpost where it turns right in the direction of Bulkeley Hill and enter the open ground through a metal kissing gate. Keep ahead on a well-defined path for 300 yards until it reaches a junction with a broad track line opposite with an ancient mossy wall. Turn left. The track soon begins its gentle descent towards Peckforton. After passing below an elegant stone archway (which carries one of the estate drives) it becomes cobbled and passes through a metal kissing gate besides a barrier. Just beyond this, turn left on a drive.
Beeston 3 The footpath to the right is not apparent but immediately after turning into the drive locate it at the top of the embankment. Once on, it quickly becomes obvious as it leads to a wooden stile taking you into a wide field. Continue a gentle descent past a redundant stile onto a necessary one. Cross the next broad field, which is under cultivation, to a metal kissing gate on its far side. The path passes through trees to reach Peckforton Road. Turn left. The walk finishes with a ¾ mile stroll along this quiet lane. After 500 yards pass the entrance of Peckforton Castle, which unlike Beeston Castle earlier is not in sight. This is a walk with two castles - one, Beeston, in plain sight and the other, Peckforton, hidden by the trees. Beeston, an English Heritage monument, was built by the 6th Earl of Chester in the early part of the 13th century on his return from the Crusades. Looking across at it from Horsley Lane, you are able to immediately appreciate how its design makes best use of the natural features of the hill top on which it is built. Perched on the highest point are the fortifications of the inner bailey - note no keep which was a standard feature in other castles of that era. On the west side this overlooks the almost sheers cliffs and would make any attempt to storm it
from that direction well-nigh impossible. A further defensive line was created by the wall of an outer bailey on the lower slopes which featured a number of towers and the impressive gatehouse. After the Parliamentarian army recaptured the castle in the Civil War, it was deliberately ruined to prevent it from ever being used as a stronghold again. Peckforton Castle is a more recent construction. Built for the 1st Baron Tollemache in the mid-19th century it adopted the Norman style of castle design and has been called ‘the last seriously fortified home built in England.’ Today the building is home to a luxury hotel and also is the location of ‘The Land Rover Experience’ which allows customers to test drive vehicles in an off-road environment.
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Welcome to 'Go Walking' with Ribble Valley Inns. We have carefully selected ten walks to introduce you to the wonderful scenery of Lancash...
Published on Aug 4, 2015
Welcome to 'Go Walking' with Ribble Valley Inns. We have carefully selected ten walks to introduce you to the wonderful scenery of Lancash...