GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walks in Blackburn

10 miles (16.5 km)

This Lancashire town has some nice canal trails, a local country park, several reservoirs and a significant hill to visit.
This walk from the town visits some of the local highlights including the Leeds and Liverpool Canal the Darwen Tower and Sunnyhurst Woods.
The walk starts from Blackburn train station where it's just a short stroll to the canal. You can then pick up the towpath and follow it south west through Lower Audley, Grimshaw Park, Nova Scotia, Moorgate and Mill Hill. Around here you leave the canal to pick up the Witton Weavers Way which you can follow south towards Tockholes. In this area you could take a short detour to the south to visit the pretty Roddlesworth Reservoir. This route heads past Earnsdale Reservoir before climbing to the Darwen or Jubilee Tower. You can climb the tower for wonderful views of the Bowland Fells, North Yorkshire,Morecambe Bay,Blackpool Tower,the Lake District and theIsle of Man. Near the foot of the hill you can also pay a visit to Bold Venture Park.
After taking in the views the route descends to Sunnyhurst Wood. Follow the woodland trails through the woods and you will emerge in Darwen where you can walk through the town to the train station. Here you can catch the train back to Blackburn.

Blackburn OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Blackburn Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Blackburn

  • Leeds and Liverpool Canal - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal
  • Darwen Tower - This circular walk takes you up Darwen Hill to Jubilee Tower from Tockholes in Lancashire
  • Roddlesworth Reservoir - Enjoy a circular walk around these pretty reservoirs near Darwen in Lancashire
  • Sunnyhurst Woods - Explores 85 acres of woodland on this circular walk through Sunnyhurst Woods in Darwen
  • Witton Country Park - 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.
  • Witton Weavers Way - This circular walk starts and finishes in Witton Park near Blackburn
  • Bold Venture Park Darwen - This large park in Darwen is great for an easy afternoon stroll
  • Tockholes - This area in the West Pennine Moors is a popular place for walkers with woodland trails, reservoirs and a fantastic hill climbs to try.
  • Accrington - This Lancashire based town has some nice canalside trails and a nature trail in nearby Woodnook
  • Fishmoor Reservoir - This reservoir in Blackburn is a nice place for an easy stroll in the town.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the western side of the town there's some nice trails around Witton Country Park. Here you'll find 500 acres of mixed woodland, parkland, grassland and farmland.
The Accrington Walk visits Blackburn from the neighbouring town, following the canal towpath for most of the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lancashire Walks and the West Pennine Moors Walks pages.

Photos

Audley, Blackburn - geograph.org.uk - 4162

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Audley, Blackburn, looking south from the A679 Audley Bridge.

Eanam Wharf, canal side - geograph.org.uk - 1216803

Eanam Wharf, canal side

Autumn view at Roddlesworth Reservoir - geograph.org.uk - 729778

Autumn view at Roddlesworth Reservoir

View from foot of Darwen Jubilee Tower - geograph.org.uk - 1277096

View from foot of Darwen Jubilee Tower

Bold Venture Park Pool - geograph.org.uk - 1378461

Bold Venture Park Pool

The Greenway shelter in Sunnyhurst Wood - geograph.org.uk - 553507

The Greenway shelter in Sunnyhurst Wood. Commonly known as the Bandstand, this shelter was the gift of Charles Greenway in 1912

Blackburn Locks - geograph.org.uk - 4157

Blackburn Locks

Blackburn - geograph.org.uk - 275402

Blackburn town centre

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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