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This guidebook describes 30 walks on the West Pennine Moors, around Blackburn, Darwen, Chorley and Bolton, home to some of the most inspiring and exhilarating walking country. The walks range from short, easy rambles to more challenging hikes covering a variety of terrain, all of it easily accessible for day walking.
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This pocked-sized guidebook contains 30 day walks across the West Pennine Moors, an area that covers over 80 square miles, all of it easily accessible for day walking.
The West Pennine Moors, located between the towns of Chorley, Bolton, Horwich, Ramsbottom, Haslingden, Oswaldtwistle and Darwen, comprise of moorland and reservoir scenery.
The walking on the West Pennine Moors ranges from short, simple outings not far from civilisation, to tough moorland hikes. The many valley walks are within the ability of anyone accustomed to recreational walking. The longer walks on the moors, however, demand a good level of fitness and knowledge of the techniques and requirements necessary to travel safely in wild countryside in very changeable weather conditions, including the ability to use a compass and map properly.
Each walk description begins with a short introduction, and provides start and finish points, as well as a calculation of distance and ascent. The walks are grouped largely within the traditional areas of the moors. Not all the paths described in the text appear on maps. With only a small number of exceptions, paths are signposted, but not always waymarked.
Walk 13 and 15 - Slipper Lowe Car Park has been permanently closed by United Utilities. There is an alternative car park at Ryal Fold (SD665 214) , although using this would alter the walks.
|Geography and Natural History|
|Introducing the Valleys|
|Using this Guide|
|Rivington and Anglezarke|
|Walk 1 Around Anglezarke Reservoir|
|Walk 2 Rivington Moor and Winter Hill|
|Walk 3 Wilderswood and the edge of Rivington Moor|
|Walk 4 Rivington Pike|
|Walk 5 Rivington Country Park|
|Walk 6 Great Hill and Spitler’s Edge|
|Walk 7 Noon Hill Slack|
|Walk 8 Around Yarrow Reservoir|
|Walk 9 Lead Mines Clough and Jepson’s Gate|
|Walk 10 Healey Nab and Limbrick|
|Walk 11 Withnell Moor|
|Walk 12 Wheelton Moor|
|Roddlesworth and Darwen|
|Walk 13 Tockholes and Darwen Tower|
|Walk 14 Darwen Tower via Sunnyhurst Wood|
|Walk 15 Roddlesworth Woodlands and Reservoirs|
|Walk 16 Belmont Reservoir and Spitler’s Edge|
|Walk 17 Sunnyhurst Wood|
|Turton and Entwistle|
|Walk 18 Turton Moor|
|Walk 19 Turton and Entwistle Reservoir|
|Walk 20 Around Jumbles Reservoir|
|Walk 21 Around Wayoh|
|Walk 22 The Three Reservoirs and Turton Tower|
|Walk 23 Longworth Clough and Turton Heights|
|Walk 24 Cheetham Close|
|Ramsbottom, Hoddlesden and Haslingden Grane|
|Walk 25 Calf Hey and Ogden Reservoirs|
|Walk 26 Haslingden Grane|
|Walk 27 Jumbles and Two Brooks Valley|
|Walk 28 Holcombe Moor and Peel Monument|
|Walk 29 Around Alden Brook|
|Walk 30 Irwell Valley|
|Appendix 1 Route Summary Table|
|Appendix 2 Further Reading|