GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Chorley Circular Walk

9 miles (15 km)

This circular walk explores the countryside, canals and parks surrounding the Lancashire town of Chorley. On the route you'll visit Yarrow Valley Country Park and Astley Park while enjoying a waterside section along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route runs for about 9 miles and includes some moderate climbs along the way.
The walk starts from the train station in the centre of town. You can catch trains here pretty regularly from Preston and Manchester. Head east from the station and you will soon come to the canal. Follow the pleasant towpath south and it will take you towards Heath Charnock and Adlington.
Near Adlington the route leaves the canal and heads west through the countryside on public footpaths. You bend round to the north west to visit Drybones Wood and Yarrow Valley Country Park. There a nice waterside section here along the River Yarrow and along the pretty lake in the park. The park is also a nature reserve and a good place to spot birds in the woodland or on the lake.
The trail then heads north past the Yarrow Valley Golf Course towards Astley Village where you enter Astley Park. The park includes the Jacobean Astley Hall, a lake and some nice woodland trails.
Head east through the park and you will soon return to the train station where the route ends.

Chorley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Chorley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Chorley

  • Leeds and Liverpool Canal - Enjoy waterside cycling and walking along Britain's longest single canal
  • Yarrow Valley Country Park - Enjoy a long, waterside walk along the River Yarrow in this splendid 700 acre country park in Chorley, Lancashire
  • Astley Park - This pretty park in Chorley has walking paths and a cycle track to enjoy
  • Chorley Canal Walk - Enjoy a waterside walk from Chorley to Adlington along a pleasant section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
  • Anglezarke Reservoir - This circular cycle and walk loop takes you around the pretty Anglezarke Reservoir near Chorley
  • Healey Nab - Enjoywoodland, rolling hills, moorland, ponds and streams in this elevated area of countryside above Chorley
  • Rivington Country Park - This lovely country park is on the edge of the West Penine Moors and makes for a fine afternoon's cycling with its reservoirs, woods and splendid scenery
  • Rivington Pike - This popular walk climbs to the Rivington Pike viewpoint in the lovely Rivington Country Park, near Bolton
  • Rivington Reservoir - Enjoy a stroll along the Rivington Reservoirs on this waterside walk in Rivington Country Park, near Bolton.
    The walk starts from the Rivington Hall Barn car park at the southern end of the lower reservoir
  • Duxbury Woods - Enjoy a walk along the River Yarrow and through Duxbury Woods on this easy route in Chorley

Head to the Prince Of Wales for some refreshments after your walk. The friendly pub has a good range of ales and a nice beer garden to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub on Cowling Road at a postcode of PR6 0QE for your sat navs.
On the route you could also stop off at the on site cafes at Astley Hall or Yarrow Valley Country Park.

The area is great for dog walking and The Prince Of Wales pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Head east from town and you can extend your walk at Healey Nab. The elevated area is a popular place for walkers with woodland, rolling hills, moorland, ponds and streams to enjoy. Near here you'll also find Anglezarke Reservoir which has some nice waterside footpaths to try.
Rivington Country Park and the wonderful climb to Rivington Pike are located just to the south east of the town.

Photos

Canal near Chorley - geograph.org.uk - 174548

Canal near Chorley. Looking towards a footbridge over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal on the outskirts of Chorley.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal, New Springs-01 - geograph.org.uk - 852569

Leeds & Liverpool Canal, New Springs. Looking 'uphill' towards Chorley from Springs Bridge. This part of the L&L was actually built as the Southern Section of the Lancaster Canal. The link to the Northern Section at Preston from Walton Summit was never built. The link was by a tramway across the Ribble.

Yarrow Valley Park, Visitor's Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1105205

Yarrow Valley Park, Visitor's Centre

River Yarrow - geograph.org.uk - 1031065

River Yarrow

Drinking fountain, Astley Park

Drinking fountain, Astley Park

St. Georges Street, Chorley (geograph 2522985)

St. Georges Street, Chorley

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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