GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lancashire Walks

With a beautiful coastline and lovely countryside Lancashire is a great place for walking. Highlights include the wonderful Forest of Bowland AONB where there are some challenging hills climbs with far reaching views.
The lovely Ribble Valley has a selection of nice riverside walks with lots of historically significant towns and villages to visit.
Also consider the West Pennine Moors and the Arnside and Silverdale AONB on the border with Cumbria. There's some fine hill walking with views to the Lake District hills and Morcambe Bay.
Easier walking can be found on the coast around Lytham St Annes and the famous tourist town of Blackpool.

Use the filter to show walks of a certain type such as woods, reservoirs, hills, long distance, country parks, canals and rivers.
In the spring walkers flock to the beautiful bluebell woods in Lancashire. Click the 'Woodland' button below to see these.

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Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abbeystead Reservoir2 miles (4 km)This short circular walk takes you around Abbeystead Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland View Full Details>>
Anglezarke Reservoir5 miles (7.5 km)This circular cycle loop takes you around the pretty Anglezarke Reservoir near Chorley. If you're coming by train you can easily reach the reservoir from Chorley or Adlington. Parking is also available at the south eastern end of the reservoir. View Full Details>>
Ashurst Beacon5 miles (8 km)This walk is a moderate climb to Ashurst Hill from the Lancashire village of Appley Bridge. It's a circular walk, taking in some lovely Lancashire countryside with splendid views and a nice waterside stroll along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. View Full Details>>
Astley Park2 miles (3 km)This pretty park in Chorley has walking paths and a cycle track to enjoy. Features in the park include the River Chor, woodland, gardens and a beautiful lake. The focal point of the park is Astley Hall, a grade I listed Jacobean house. There is also a walled garden, art gallery and a new cafe. The park is ideal for a pleasant short stroll or a safe family cycle ride. View Full Details>>
Avenham Park1 miles (1.5 km)This large park in Preston town centre is a great place for a safe cycle or walk. National Cycle Network Routes 6 and 62 run through the park and there are miles of well surfaced footpaths to follow into the adjacent Miller Park. Highlights in the park include a pretty Japenese Garden and riverside paths along the River Ribble which runs through the southern section of the park. From the high points there are nice views to the Pennine Hills, especially the prominent Winter Hill. Other park features include a pond with a fountain, tree lined avenues by the river and a grotto with rockwork and a water feature. There is also an excellent riverside cafe where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. View Full Details>>
Barnoldswick Canal Walk7 miles (12 km)Enjoy an easy waterside walk along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal on this route in Lancashire and Yorkshire. The route runs from the village of Barnoldswick to Gargrave along a pretty section of the canal, with nice open views of the surrounding countryside most of the way. It's just over 7 miles so will probably take around 2-3 hours. View Full Details>>
Beacon Fell Country Park2 miles (3 km)Explore 271 acres of woodland, moorland and farmland in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Beacon Fell is situated 266 metres (873 feet) above sea level giving fabulous views of Morecambe Bay and the Isle of Man (on a clear day). There are several miles of lovely woodland walking trails and an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information. Beacon Fell is situated a few miles north of Preston. View Full Details>>
Bold Venture Park Darwen1 miles (2 km)This large park in Darwen is great for an easy afternoon stroll. The pretty Bold Venture brook runs through the centre of the park so you can enjoy a nice waterside walk through the surrounding woodland valley. Along the way there are a number of wooden sculptures of animals and a series of waterfalls to look out for. View Full Details>>
Bolton Rotary Way Footpath50 miles (80 km)Enjoy industrial heritage, reservoirs, historic estates, memorials and country parks on this circular walk around Bolton. The walk visits Adlington, West Houghton, Blackrod and Farnworth. Walk highlights include Jumbles and Rivington Reservoirs, Blackleath Country Park and a waterside stretch along the Leeds & Liverpool canal. View Full Details>>
Boulsworth Hill7 miles (12 km)Climb to Lad Law, the 1,696ft (517m) summit of Boulsworth Hill on this challenging walk in the South Pennines. The walk starts in the historically fascinating village of Wycoller and makes use of the Bronte Way and the Pendle Way footpaths to take you to Boulsworth Dyke where you begin the serious climbing to the hill summit. The views are far reaching with the Lake District Peaks, the Peak District, Pendle Hill and Blackpool Tower all visible on a clear day. You then descend via Bedding Hill Moor and return to Wycoller on the same paths. View Full Details>>
Bridgewater Way38 miles (61 km)A walk along the Bridgewater canal, through Cheshire, Greater Manchester and on into Lancashire. The route passes Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Warrington and Halton. View Full Details>>
Brockholes Nature Reserve2 miles (3.5 km)This lovely nature reserve near Preston has lots of nice footpaths to follow around a series of lakes. The area has been transformed from an old quarry into a splendid wetland and woodland nature reserve. There's miles of surfaced trails to follow past 250 acres of pools, reedbeds and woodland. The site also includes the nation's first floating visitor village. This includes a lovely lakeside cafe and a visitor centre with a wealth of information on the wildlife visiting the reserve. This includes heron,great crested grebe, osprey,roe deer, otterandbittern. There are a number of hides and lookout points from which to observe the birds. View Full Details>>
Bronte Way44 miles (71 km)Follow the Bronte Way through Lancashire and Yorkshire and visit many of the places associated with writings and lives of the Bronte Sisters. View Full Details>>
Burnley Way40 miles (64 km)Explore the rivers, canals, reservoirs and moorland around Burnley on this varied circular walk View Full Details>>
Burscough Canal Walk3 miles (5 km)A nice stroll along the Rufford Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to Rufford Hall from Burscough, Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Calf Hey Reservoir2 miles (2.5 km)The attractive area of Haslingden Grane includes some nice walking trails around Calf Hey Reservoir and through the adjacent woodland. There's a car park off Calf Hey Road at the north eastern end of reservoir. From here you can pick up public footpaths around the water and through the surrounding woodland. View Full Details>>
Carnforth Canal Walk5 miles (7.3 km)Enjoy a stroll along the Lancaster Canal from Carnforth to Bolton-le-Sands on this easy. Along the way there's nice views towards Morecambe Bay and the mountains of the Lake District. View Full Details>>
Clitheroe4 miles (6 km)Explore the Lancashire town of Clitheroe on this lovely walk in the Ribble Valley. The walk explores the historic castle before heading to the River Ribble and the pretty Cross Hill Nature Reserve. View Full Details>>
Clougha Pike5 miles (8 km)This circular walk takes you to Clougha Pike in the Forest of Bowland. The hill is located a few miles east of Lancaster, reaching a height of 413m (1,355ft). Clougha Pike commands wonderful views over Morecambe Bay, Snowdonia and the Lake District Fells. View Full Details>>
Clowbridge Reservoir2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Burnley. There are good footpaths taking you through the countryside and woodland which surround the reservoir. You can park at the southern end of the water and pick up the path which leads up into the lovely countryside above Clowbridge. The path then takes you to the woodland of Greenhill Clough before returning to the car park by following the track on the west side of the water. View Full Details>>
Cumbria Coastal Way182 miles (293 km)Explore the wonderful coastline of Cumbria on this splendid long distance path. The walk begins at Silverdale and runs through a series of fascinating Cumbrian coastal towns and villages, before finishing near Gretna on the border with Scotland. Spectacular cliff tops, peaceful estuaries, beaches, mountains, rivers and canals are all features on this popular route. View Full Details>>
Darwen Tower3 miles (5 km)This circular walk takes you up Darwen Hill to Jubilee Tower from Tockholes in Lancashire. The short climb to the tower gives great views over the surrounding moorland and reservoirs. The Bowland Fells and the mountains of Ingleborough and Whernside make a wonderful backdrop. On a clear day you can also see North Yorkshire,Morecambe Bay,Blackpool Tower,the Lake District and theIsle of Man. View Full Details>>
Duxbury Woods2 miles (2.6 km)Enjoy a walk along the River Yarrow and through Duxbury Woods on this easy route in Chorley. The pretty woods are located just over a mile south of Chorley town centre. View Full Details>>
Eaves Wood2 miles (3 km)Explore Eaves Wood and enjoy a climb to the Pepperpot on this walk in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB. There's nice footpaths taking you through shady ancient woodland with limestone pavement supporting rare plants and wildlife. View Full Details>>
Entwistle Reservoir2 miles (4 km)This circular walk follows the waterside footpath around Turton and Entwistle Reservoir near Bolton in Lancashire. The walk starts from the car park at the eastern end of the reservoir but you could also start from the nearby Entwistsle railway station. Trains run to Entwistle from Manchester, Blackburn and Clitheroe. View Full Details>>
Fairhaven Lake1 miles (2 km)Enjoy an easy stroll around this pretty salt water lake in Lytham St Annes. It's a popular spot with a good footpath running around the perimeter of the lake and along the sea front. There are lovely views over Granny's Bay towards Southport and on a clear day the mountains of Wales are also visible. There are good facilities with a cafe and RSPB Discovery Centre. Look out for a variety of wildfowl on the lake and on the Ribble Estuary. These include Canada Geese, Swans, coots, water hens and other smaller fowl. You can also hire row boats and motorboats. View Full Details>>
Forest of Bowland Walk68 miles (109 km)A circular walk around the Forest of Bowland AONB in Lancashire. You start at Caton and visit Slaidburn, Clitheroe, and Garstang before returning to Caton. View Full Details>>
Foulridge Reservoir2 miles (3 km)This easy, circular walk takes you around the pretty Foulridge Reservoir in Colne. The reservoir (also known as Lake Burwain) has a good footpath running along the water with super views of Pendle Hill. View Full Details>>
Garstang Canal Walk3 miles (5 km)A circular walk around the Lancashire town of Garstang, taking in the Lancaster Canal, Greenhalgh Castle and the River Wyre. It's a lovely area with waterside trails and great views towards the countryside and hills of the Forest of Bowland AONB. View Full Details>>
Gisburn Forest4 miles (6.5 km)Enjoy miles of wonderful woodland walking and cycling trails in this large forest in the Forest of Bowland. Mountain bikers can enjoy a moderate 9.5km blue grade trail and a more challenging red grade trail. Walkers can enjoy 5 waymarked walks of varying lengths and difficulty. In the forest you will find wide, well surfaced trails taking you through mixed woodland and conifer plantation with a wide variety of wildlife to look out for in one of the hides. There are also becks, streams and waterfalls. View Full Details>>
Hawkshead6 miles (10 km)Hawkshead is a lovely little Lakeland village situated at the northern end of Esthwaite Water. It's a great place to visit with pretty streets, lots of nice cafes and an interesting history. Must see attractions include William Wordsworth's Grammar School which was founded in 1585. For a small fee you can tour the school and see the original deskswith William Wordsworth's own carvings on them. View Full Details>>
Healey Nab4 miles (6 km)Enjoywoodland, rolling hills, moorland, ponds and streams in this elevated area of countryside above Chorley. The area is great for walkers and mountain bikers with a network of paths criss-crossing the hill. View Full Details>>
Hodder Way27 miles (43 km)Follow the River Hodder on this stunning waterside walk through the beautiful Forest of Bowland. View Full Details>>
Hyndburn Clog31 miles (50 km)A circular walk around Blackburn and Accrington in Lancashire, visiting a series of reservoirs and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal View Full Details>>
Jumbles Country Park2 miles (3 km)Enjoy a short stroll around Jumbles Reservoir in this pretty country park in Bolton. The park is set within the beautiful West Pennine Moors with a lovely waterside footpath around the reservoir. There are also good facilities with a visitor centre and cafe. View Full Details>>
Kirkby Lonsdale5 miles (8.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this popular Cumbrian town. Kirkby Lonsdale sits on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, within the beautiful Lune Valley. It's a delightful place and home to 'Ruskin's View'. He described the view of the River Lune from the churchyard as 'One of the loveliest views in England'. It was painted byJ.M.W Turner in the early 19th century. View Full Details>>
Knott End3 miles (5.5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around this pretty coastal village in Lancashire. In the summer months you can catch the Knott End Ferry from Fleetwood to Knott End on Sea. It's a lovely spot with nice views over the estuary of the River Wyre and Morecambe Bay. There's also lots of pretty cottages and coastal wildlife to look out for. View Full Details>>
Lancashire Coastal Way65 miles (105 km)Travel along the beautiful Lancashire coast from Silverdale to Freckleton on this fairly easy walk. View Full Details>>
Lancaster Canal57 miles (91 km)Follow the Lancaster Canal from Preston, in Lancashire, to Kendal, in Cumbria, on this splendid waterside walk or cycle. From the canal there are fine views of the Silverdale Coast, the Forest of Bowland AONB and the lovely Wyre countryside. The route passes Garstang, Lancaster and Carnforth before finishing at Kendal. View Full Details>>
Lancaster Circular Walk10 miles (16 km)This 10 mile circular walk makes use of three of the long distance trails which run through the area surrounding the city. You'll pass along the River Lune on the Lune Valley Ramble before picking up the Lancaster Canal to take you to the coast. Here you follow the Lancashire Coastal Way to take you to along Morecambe Bay. View Full Details>>
Lancaster to Caton6 miles (9 km)This easy short ride or walk follows the River Lune and National Cycle route 69 from Lancaster to Caton View Full Details>>
Leeds and Liverpool Canal126 miles (203 km)Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal. It runs for 126 miles across the Pennines, passing many villages, towns and cities with a fascinating heritage and industrial history. There are also umpteen pretty locks, viaducts and some wonderful countryside to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Leighton Moss Nature Reserve2 miles (4 km)This large nature reserve in Silverdale, is the perfect place for a peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings. Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in the north west and has a number of well laid out trails for you to explore the area. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the reserve including breeding bitterns, starlings, bearded tits, marsh harriers (see video) and red deer. There is also a fantastic cafe in a converted barn. View Full Details>>
Longridge Fell5 miles (7.5 km)Enjoy a walk to the summit of England's most southerley fell on this wonderful walk in the Forest of Bowland. The walk begins at the car park at Turner Fold and takes you to the 1,148-ft (350-m) summit on woodland footpaths. There are fabulous views from the high point including theFylde Coast, the Vale of Chipping, the fells of theForest of Bowland (includingParlick,Fair Snape FellandBeacon Fell), theYorkshire Dales and on a clear day the Lake District fells. View Full Details>>
Lune Estuary Footpath18 miles (29 km)Explore the beautiful Lune Estuary on this waterside walk near Lancaster. The walk begins in Lancaster and takes you along the Lancashire Coastal Way and the Lune Estuary Footpath to Glasson Dock. It's a nice footpath with lovely views across the Estuary towards Morcambe Bay and the Lake District Mountains in the distance. Cyclists can also enjoy much of this section which forms part of the National Cycle Network. View Full Details>>
Lune Valley Ramble16 miles (26 km)This lovely easy walk follows the River Lune from Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria. As well as the stunning riversde scenery there are wonderful views of the South Lakeland fells and the beautiful Crook o' Lune. View Full Details>>
Lunesdale Walk34 miles (54 km)This figure of eight walk takes you on a tour of the beautiful scenery around Carnforth. View Full Details>>
Lytham Hall2 miles (3.5 km)Enjoy a lovely stroll around the 78 acre grounds of Lytham Hall on this short walk in Lancashire. The walk takes you through the delightful archway and up the long driveway with super views of the farmland within the grounds. You then head through peaceful woodland to the two pretty duck ponds passing the dovecote on the way. Other highlights include the 17th century mount which you can climb for super views of the grounds. There's also delightful gardens and a wide lawn perfect for picnics. In February the snowdrop walk is particularly popular. The woodland paths are lined and surrounded by thousands of the pretty flowers for several weeks. As of 2014 the grounds are subject to major improvements including the creation of an Italianate parterre garden to mimic the original one. View Full Details>>
Martin Mere1 miles (2 km)This wonderful nature reserve near Southport has lots of nice footpaths to follow around the wetland habitat. There's a huge variety of wildlife to look out for in the reserve. Highlights include the flamingo shelter, otter enclosure and beaver enclosure. There's also a canoe safari where you can paddle throught the reedbeds and look out for water voles to reed buntings. View Full Details>>
Marton Mere1 miles (2 km)Enjoy a short walk around this pretty nature reserve near Blackpool. The reserve includes a large lake with a number of good footpaths running through the surrounding area. There's several bird hides where you can look out for the water loving birds which visit the mere. These include Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Shoveler, Pochard and Teal. Other features include reed beds, grassland, small areas of woodland and a variety of wildflowers. Look out for bee orchids, yellow rattle, marsh woundwort and birdsfoot trefoil in the summer months. These attract a large number of butterflies such as common blue, red admiral and meadow brown. View Full Details>>
Mere Sands Wood2 miles (2.5 km)Follow the footpaths around this delightful nature reserve on this circular walk in Rufford, Lancashire. The reserve covers 100 acres and consists of several small lakes, reedbeds, broadleaved and conifer woodland, wet meadows and heaths. It's fantastic for wildlife spotting with Roe Deer, red squirrels and foxes to look out for in the woodland areas. Many water loving birds also visit the reserve such as Reed Buntings, Water Rail, Great Crested and Little Grebes. View Full Details>>
Morecambe Bay12 miles (19 km)Enjoy a visit to the Morecambe Bay Nature Reserve and a stroll along the Lancaster Canal on this circular cycle or walk in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Nicky Nook4 miles (6 km)This walk takes you up a popular and delightful fell in the Forest of Bowland. Starting in the village of Scorton you follow country lanes and footpaths to the 215m summit, passing a pretty tarn on the way. From the summit there are fabulous views of the Fylde coast, Blackpool Tower, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells. You descend through the lovely Grizedale, passing along Grizedale Reservoir and through peaceful woodland before returning to Scorton. View Full Details>>
Oldham Way40 miles (64 km)Enjoy the canals, reservoirs and countryside around Oldham on this splendid circular walk. There's fabulous views of the Peak District with highlights including a visit to Saddleworth Moor and a climb to the 19th century tower on Hartside Pike. There's also a nice waterside stretches along Dovestone Reservoir and Greenfield Reservoir. Near here you will cross the noteworthy Pots and Pans. The noteworthy hill includes interesting rock formations, an obelisk war memorial and fine views to Manchester. View Full Details>>
Parbold Fairy Glen5 miles (8 km)This walk visits the delightful Fairy Glen near the Lancashire village of Parbold. It's a nice easy walk, starting from Parbold train station and heading east along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. You follow the towpath for about a mile before crossing the canal and heading north east to the glen. It's a lovely little spot with pretty streams, beautifulwaterfalls, dramatic cliff faces, wooden bridges and shady woodland trails. View Full Details>>
Parbold Hill6 miles (9.5 km)This circular walk climbs to Parbold Hill from the village of Parbold in Lancashire. You'll visit the wonderful viewpoint with views towards the Pennine Hills and beyond. The route also continues to climb Harrock Hill and Hunter's Hill for more good views and lovely countryside. View Full Details>>
Parlick and Fair Snape Fell4 miles (7 km)This walk from Parlick Fell to Fair Snape Fell is considered one of the loveliest in the Forest of Bowland. The walk takes place on a very good footpath with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
Pendle Hill5 miles (7.5 km)This walk climbs to the summit of Pendle Hill in Lancashire. It starts in the village of Barley and makes use of the Pendle Way long distance footpath to take you on a circular tour of the area. It's a steep climb but the path is pretty well defined for most of the way. From the 557 metre (1,827ft) summit there are fabulous views over the Pennines to the east, the Bowland Fells to the northwest, and the West Pennine Moors to the south. View Full Details>>
Pendle Way45 miles (72 km)Follow the Pendle Way through Lancashire and visit Barnoldswick, Thornton-in-Craven, Wycoller, Reedley, Newchurch and Pendle Hill on this challenging walk. View Full Details>>
Pennine Bridleway120 miles (193 km)This fabulous 120 mile long trail runs through the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, through Lancashire and on into Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Preston Guild Wheel21 miles (34 km)This circular cycling and walking route takes you on a tour of the parks, rivers, docklands and countryside around Preston in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Ribble Estuary5 miles (8.5 km)Explore the most important river estuary in the UKon this coastal walk in Lytham St Annes. The Ribble Estuary attracts hundreds of thousands of birds each year. It's a special place with changing tides, lots of wildlife and nice views towards Southport and the Welsh Hills. View Full Details>>
Ribble Way65 miles (105 km)Follow the River Ribble through the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth at Longton, near Preston, to the source at Gayle Moor in Yorkshire. View Full Details>>
Richmond Way60 miles (97 km)Travel from Lancaster Castle to Richmond Castle on this lovely walk through Lancashire and Yorkshire. You will travel through the lower Lower Lune Valley with a long riverside section at the start. You then head through the moorlands and fells of the Pennines and on into the valleys of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Finally, you follow the River Swale into the historic market town of Richmond - gateway to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. View Full Details>>
Rivington Pike2 miles (3 km)This popular walk climbs to the Rivington Pike viewpoint in the lovely Rivington Country Park, near Bolton. It's a circular hike of just under 2 miles, with a moderate climb to the 1,191 feet (363 metres) summit of the prominent local landmark. There's much to enjoy with a section through the remains of Lever Park and wonderful views over the West Pennine Moors. View Full Details>>
Roddlesworth Reservoir2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a circular walk around these pretty reservoirs near Darwen in Lancashire. There are good footpaths running around the water and through the surrounding woodland. It's a very pretty area with woodland streams and bluebells in the spring. View Full Details>>
Rossendale Way41 miles (66 km)This circular walk takes you on a tour of the lovely Rossendale area of Lancashire and Greater Manchester. View Full Details>>
Silverdale4 miles (7.2 km)A circular walk from Silverdale railway station, taking you to Eaves Wood, Elmslack, the coastal path and Silverdale Green. There's much to enjoy in this lovely area which forms part of the wider Arnside and Silverdale AONB. You'll experience woodland trails, a climb to a splendid viewpoint and great coastal views over Morceambe Bay. View Full Details>>
Spring Wood Whalley2 miles (4 km)Follow the nature trail through delightful woodland on this easy walk in Whalley. The woods are located close to the town centre and a short walk from Whalley railway station. The area has a series of waymarked, surfaced footpaths to follow through the ancient woodland. There are twenty four different species of trees, wild garlic flowers, ponds and in the spring there are carpets of bluebells. View Full Details>>
Stanley Park2 miles (2.5 km)This lovely park in Blackpool has nice footpaths and a cycle trail to enjoy. There's 260 acres to explore with a large boating lake, pretty Italianate gardens, woodland areas, a model village and a great cafe. Park highlights include an Italian marble fountain and the iconic Medici lion statues. The footpaths are well laid out and take you along the lake and around the gardens. National Cycle Network Route 62 also runs through the park so you can bring your bike too. View Full Details>>
Stocks Reservoir6 miles (10 km)Enjoy a waterside walk around this lovely reservoir in the Forest of Bowland. The walk begins at the car park at the northern end of the reservoir and heads through the edge of Gisburn Forest and crosses the causeway. You then pick up a walking track which runs close to the waters edge, passing Rushton Hill and Ten Acre Hill on the way. On the western side you head to Eak Hill and Copped Hill Clough before a final woodland section through Gisburn Forest returns you to the car park. View Full Details>>
Sunderland Point3 miles (5.5 km)Visit this lovely peninsula in Lancashire and enjoy great views across theRiver LuneandMorecambe Bay. Sunderland Point is located near Heysham and Lancaster. It's a great place for a walk with coastal views, salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland and lots of wildlife to look out for. These include birds such as Curlew, Heron and Peewit. View Full Details>>
Sunnyhurst Woods2 miles (2.5 km)Explores 85 acres of woodland on this circular walk through Sunnyhurst Woods in Darwen. There's a nice stream running through the woods with good waterside footpaths on either side. It's perfect for a peaceful stroll and a picnic. The area is also a nature reserve so look out for a wide variety of flowering plants and birdlife including the great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper, kingfisher and tawny owl. There is also a pretty visitor centre with information about all the trails in the woods. View Full Details>>
Tolkien Trail6 miles (10 km)This literary trail explores an area of the Ribble Valley thought to have inspired some of the landscapes from J.R.R Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The walk also visits Stonyhurst College where the author worked on the novels during the second world war. Connections to the books include 'Middle-earth' representing the local area, Shire Lane in Hurst Green and the 'River Shirebourn' (the Shireburns built Stonyhurst). View Full Details>>
Towneley Park2 miles (3 km)Explore the 440 acres of parkland surrounding Towneley Hall in Burnley, Lancashire. In the park you will find woodland, the River Calder and the Deer Pond which is designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The hall itself contains period rooms, an art gallery and a museum with displays including: Natural History, Egyptology, Local History, Textiles, Decorative Art and Regional Furniture. View Full Details>>
Trans Pennine Trail215 miles (346 km)This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths. It starts on the Yorkshire coast at Hornsea and passes through Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester before finishing on the Merseyside coast at Southport. View Full Details>>
Trough of Bowland8 miles (13 km)Enjoy rivers, brooks, woodland and beautiful countryside on this circular walk in the Forest of Bowland AONB. The Trough of Bowland is a particularly scenic area of the AONB with its gorgeous valleys, moorland and wooded areas. There's also lots of wildlife to look out for including buzzards and oyster catchers. View Full Details>>
Warton Crag3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a circular walk around Warton Crag on this lovely route in Lancashire. View Full Details>>
Way of the Roses170 miles (274 km)This fabulous 170 mile national cycle network route takes you right across the country from west to east coast along off road paths and quiet country roads. View Full Details>>
Wayoh Reservoir3 miles (4.5 km)Enjoy an easy circular walk around this pretty reservoir near Bolton. There is a good footpath around the water which makes use of the Witton Weavers Way on the eastern side. The walk starts near Entwistsle railway station which can be reached from Manchester, Blackburn and Clitheroe. You then pick up the lovely path with waterside and woodland sections to enjoy. There are also great views of the surrounding countryside and the impressive Entwistle viaduct. View Full Details>>
Whalley Abbey and the River Calder2 miles (2.5 km)Visit the fascinating remains of thisformerCistercianabbey and enjoy a waterside stroll along the Calder River on this lovely circular walk in Whalley. As well as the atmospheric ruins there are delightful grounds and gardens to enjoy. There is also a fine 14th century gatehouse in excellent condition. View Full Details>>
White Coppice2 miles (3 km)This delightful walk takes you along a series of reservoirs near the little hamlet of White Coppice in Lancashire. It's an idyllic spot with a lovely cricket ground surrounded by beautiful countryside. You can park next to the cricket pitch to start the walk and then head west along footpaths and country lanes to the reservoirs. Along the way there's an old quarry, a pretty brook and a number of little cottages in the hamlet. View Full Details>>
Winter Hill8 miles (13.5 km)Enjoy a walk to Winter Hill on the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire. The walk begins in Rivington Country Park and takes you to the 1,496 feet (456m) high summit on a series of footpaths. View Full Details>>
Witton Country Park2 miles (4 km)This country park in Blackburn boasts nearly 500 acres of mixed woodland, parkland, grassland and farmland. The circular route below is suitable for walkers and takes you around the park and up to Billinge Hill where there are great views of the surrounding countryside. There is also a cycle track running through the park. View Full Details>>
Witton Weavers Way31 miles (50 km)This circular walk starts and finishes in Witton Park near Blackburn. It's a lovely walk taking you first along the River Darwen and then through Hoghton Bottoms towards the picturesque Belmont Reservoir. There are splendid views of the 1496 ft high Winter Hill on this section. View Full Details>>
Worden Park3 miles (5 km)This super country park in Leyland is perfect for a peaceful afternoon stroll. The park covers 150 acres and includes formal gardens overlooked by a wonderful conservatory with an accompanying maze. There are also woodlands, a duck pond, a folly, a water cascade, a mininiture railway and the 18th Century domed icehouse. View Full Details>>
Worthington Lakes4 miles (7 km)This lovely walk takes you around Worthington Lakes in Standish, Lancashire. You will pass along the footpaths around the three reservoirs that make up this country park and nature reserve. The park is located near Adlington and Chorley. View Full Details>>
Wycoller Country Park3 miles (4.4 km)Enjoy a lovely walk through the beauitful Wycoller Country Park in Pendle. The park has a number of footpaths taking you along Wycoller Beck to Bank House and the remains of Wycoller Hall. There are great views of the Pendle Hills and a stroll through the delightful Wycoller Village to enjoy. No cars are allowed in the village and many of the old buildings remain preserved, making it a particularly peaceful and special place. The area has strong links with the Bronte sisters who referred to many of the nearby landmarks in books such as 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'. The park is located just a couple of miles east of Colne. View Full Details>>
Wyre Estuary Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a walk along the network of accessible paths by the beautiful Wyre Estuary in this waterside country park near Blackpool. There are also peaceful woodland paths and bird hides where you can view a variety of wildlife. The park has a visitor centre, cafe and picnic areas. View Full Details>>
Wyre Way45 miles (72 km)Follow the course of the River Wyre from Fleetwood to Abbeystead Reservoir on this waymarked walk in Lancashire. It's a lovely long distance trail with great views of the Wyre Estuary at the start and a long stretch through the Forest of Bowland AONB towards the end. View Full Details>>
Yarrow Valley Country Park2 miles (4 km)Enjoy a long, waterside walk along the River Yarrow in this splendid 700 acre country park in Chorley, Lancashire. The park has a number of well maintained walking paths and a visitor centre. It is located less than 2 miles from Chorley town centre. View Full Details>>

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