GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bolton by Bowland Walks

7 miles (11 km)

This delightful Lancashire village is in a great location for exploring the scenery of the lovely Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley.
It's a very picturesque place with two village greens and lots of pretty little cottages lining the street.
This walk from the village takes you to neighbouring Sawley where you can visit the historic Sawley Abbey. It then picks up a section of the Ribble Way to visit the worthy village of Gisburn.
The walk starts in the village at the car park and visitor information centre. You then head south along the Skirden Beck and the River Ribble to Sawley. You can explore the impressive ruins and learn about their history courtesy of the English Heritage information panels.
After exploring the abbey the route then picks up the Ribble Way and follows the waymarked trail east to visit Gisburn. From here you can return to Bolton By Bowland by bus or retrace your steps. There's also the option of turning it into a longer circular walk by heading to Paythorne to the north and then heading west along various country lanes and footpaths.


BB7 4NW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Bolton by Bowland OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bolton by Bowland Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in the village head to the Coach and Horses for some post walk refreshment. The lovely country pub serves high quality food and includes a lovely garden area. They also provide rooms if you'd like to stay in the area.
You can find them on the Main Street at postcode BB7 4NW for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Coach and Horses pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Forest of Bowland Walks and the Ribble Valley Walks pages.


The Green, Bolton-by-Bowland - - 1924843

The Green, Bolton-by-Bowland

Skirden Beck, Bolton by Bowland - - 2622245

Skirden Beck, Bolton by Bowland

The lower green, Bolton by Bowland - - 1376308

The lower green. With the 13th century market cross and stocks on the left and the war memorial on the right.

Skirden Bridge, Bolton by Bowland - - 1376224

Skirden Bridge, Bolton by Bowland

Cottages, Main Street, Bolton by Bowland - - 1376241

Cottages, Main Street, Bolton by Bowland

Sawley Abbey 2

Sawley Abbey

The A59 through Gisburn - - 1377713

The A59 through Gisburn. This trunk road is very busy, and speeding has been a problem since the early days of motoring. The big house on the left, now apartments, was built in 1635 and became the Ribblesdale Arms probably some time in the 19C, perhaps at the same time as the front windows of the ground and first floor were modernised.

River ribble at Sawley - - 1079061

River ribble at Sawley


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