Gawthorpe Hall Walk
Explore the parkland and countryside surrounding this Elizabethan country house in Padiham. The circular trail includes riverside paths along the River Calder and some nice woodland trails as well. The historic estate includes lovely gardens, a number of old listed buildings and a 17th century Great Hall. Inside there's wonderful exhibitions including the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.
The walk starts at the hall and heads along the Calder before crossing to the other side on a bridge. On the northern side you pick up the Burnley Way which will take you along a waymarked path through the Grove Lane Plantation to Hunters Oak. Here you cross the river again and follow a footpath through Hagg Wood before returning to the hall.
PostcodeBB12 8UA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Gawthorpe Hall Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Gawthorpe Hall Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Gawthorpe Hall OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Gawthorpe Hall Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's a nice National Trust tea room on site for some refreshments after your walk.
The area is great for dog walking with woodland, parkland and countryside. In the hall grounds dogs are welcome in the gardens and woodland areas the should be kept under close control on leads.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Bronte Way long distance footpath actually starts/finishes at the hall. The hall was visited by author Charlotte Bronte on several occasions. The waymarked trail is a good way of extending your walking in the area. You could follow it east and link up the with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and enjoy a stroll along the towpath. The Pendle Way can also be picked up in this area.