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Walking in Lancashire

40 walks throughout the county including the Forest of Bowland and Ribble Valley

Guidebook of 40 walks exploring the dales, moors, uplands and coasts of Lancashire, including Morecambe Bay, the Forest of Bowland, Ribble Valley and the West Pennine Moors. With routes for all seasons of the year and for a variety of abilities, these walks are within easy reach of Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Lancaster and Clitheroe.


Most of these walks can be completed all year round. Some higher level routes are challenging in winter, while lower level routes may become waterlogged after heavy rain.


Walks in the Forest of Bowland, Ribble Valley and West Pennine Moors are all accessible from nearby towns and cities including Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Chorley, Lancaster and Clitheroe.


Most of these walks are suitable for any walker with a reasonable level of fitness. Higher level routes that climb above 2,000ft and can be very challenging in winter conditions and require appropriate clothing and footwear, good navigational skills, and basic knowledge of mountain safety.

Must See

Ancient woodland and gritstone moors, historic Pendle and Pendle Hill, RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss, Neolithic Bleasdale Circle, Roman museum at Ribchester, tercet posts on the Lancashire Witches Way, Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures on Clougha Pike, the Inn at Whitewell, Jubilee Tower, the Abbey Lighthouse and Lancashire coast, Morecambe Bay, Gragareth.
1 Jul 2021
20 Mar 2023
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 39 circular day walks and one two-day trek in Lancashire. Exploring the varied scenery of northern England, the walks are suitable for beginner and experienced walkers alike.

Day walks range from 8 to 16km (5–10 miles) and can be enjoyed in 3–5 hours. The Bowland Traverse trek is a longer more challenging walk that takes 2 days and covers 46km (29 miles) between Wennington and Giggleswick across the Bowland Fells.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each walk
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and public transport
  • Local points of interest are featured including the Ribble Valley and West Pennine Moors
  • Easy access from Preston, Burnley and Lancaster

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By Mark Sutcliffe

An experienced outdoor writer and editor, Mark Sutcliffe is a former editor of Country Walking and Lakeland Walker magazines and an occasional contributor to some of the UK's leading outdoor magazines - including Countryfile, Landscape and Trail. Mark has explored extensively in the UK and Europe on foot and has in-depth knowledge of the Forest of Bowland, where he spends much of his spare time hiking, bird watching and taking pictures. He completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 2016, raising funds for dementia research. 

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