Walking in Lancashire

40 Walks around the County

By Mary Welsh

This guidebook describes 39 circular day walks from 5 to 13 miles and one linear route. The countyside ranges from the low lying land around Cockerham, Lytham, Martin Mere and Croston to the heights of Boulsworth Hill, Ward's Stone, Fair Snape Fell and Pendle Hill. All walks are suitable for most abilities, mainly following paths and tracks.



All seasons, though winter will be cold on the fell-tops.


Lancaster, Carnforth, Clitheroe, Whalley, Lytham, Chorley


Gentle strolls to fell-top hikes. The walks are suitable for all abilities.
Must See

Must See

Pendle Hill, Clougha Pike, Slaidburn, Downham, Croston, river walks, coastal strolls, Whalley Abbey, Martin Mere
10 Mar 2005
5 May 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • Overview

    Lancashire’s richness lies in its great variety of landscape, ranging from low-lying areas around Cockerham, Lytham, Martin Mere and Croston to the heights of Boulsworth Hill, Ward’s Stone, Fair Snape Fell and Pendle Hill. This guidebook takes the walker along Lancashire’s rivers, by its woodlands, moors, coastline, and to the county’s historic sites.

    Lancashire does not have mountains similar to Munros or Corbetts, but it does have some high hills. They include Weets Hill, the heights above Darwen and Pendle Hill, all of which tempt the walker to climb onto their long grassy ridges, from which there are panoramic views. Those who prefer breezy coastal rambles will enjoy a bracing walk along the Cocker Channel, or a stroll on the embankment that edges part of Morecambe Bay. A trio of fine rivers, the Ribble, the Hodder and the Calder, can also be enjoyed on one of the walks.

    If level ground is your choice for walking, Lancashire can fulfil this desire too. The Lancaster Canal provides great towpath walks, where you are often rewarded with a flash of petrol blue as a kingfisher flies low over the cut, perhaps at Glasson or Garstang and there are flat pastures between Martin Mere Wildfowl Centre and Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve just waiting to be walked.

    All the walks start from car parks or recognised parking areas and the relevant grid references are given. Many start points are approached along narrow, quiet lanes where care should be taken in case you meet a farm vehicle or a flock of sheep and can be accessed from the M6.

    The walks in this guidebook are all circular with one exception and range in length from 8 to 19 km (5 to 13 miles). They all are suitable for most walkers as there is a variety of terrain to be explored. Some of the walks are more like gentle strolls that make a good introduction to the wonderful recreation of walking and help the less fit to prepare for more challenging walks.

  • Contents

    The Walks
    1 Silverdale
    2 Warton Crag and Leighton Moss
    3 Arkholme and Gressingham
    4 Nether Burrow and Leck
    5 Kirkby Lonsdale and Whittington
    6 Crook of Lune and Aughton
    7 Hornby and Melling
    8 Low Bentham
    9 Sunderland Point
    10 Glasson and the Lancaster Canal
    11 Cockerham and Cockersand Abbey
    12 Abbeystead and Dolphinholme
    13 Tarnbrook and Marshaw Wyre
    14 Clougha Pike
    15 Ward's Stone, Bowland
    16 Slaidburn
    17 Bolton-by-Bowland
    18 Dunsop Bridge, Bowland
    19 Whitewell, Bowland
    20 Garstang and Nicky Nook
    21 Garstang and Cabus Nook
    22 Knott End-on-Sea and Preesall
    23 Skippool Creek, Wyre Estuary
    24 Bleasdale Fells
    25 Hurst Green and Cromwell Bridge
    26 Whalley
    27 Downham
    28 Weets Hill, Barnoldswick
    29 Wycoller and Boulsworth Hill
    30 Pendle Hill
    31 Chipping and Dinkling Green
    32 Longridge Fell
    33 Ribchester
    34 Lytham
    35 Croston and the Rufford branch of the Leeds–Liverpool Canal
    36 Martin Mere and Mere Sands Wood
    37 Parbold and the Leeds–Liverpool Canal
    38 Darwen Moor, Jubilee Tower and the Witton Weavers Way
    39 Thieveley Pike, Cliviger Gorge
    40 Hurstwood and Worsthorne Moor

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    March 2016 - Walk 7

    walk 32 on Longridge Fell

    Thank you to Darren for his information on this walk.

    In the part where you reach Clitheroe Old Road you're advised to take the path through some deciduous woodland. This path through some deciduous woodland, having reached Clitheroe Old Road is now extremely boggy with a few fallen trees now across the path.
    We ended up going back to walk along Clitheroe Old Road and picking up the woodland trail as mentioned by walking through the gates on the main road.

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Mary Welsh

Mary Welsh is an award-winning writer of walking books and a travel writer, and has produced more than 35 walking guidebooks, and writes regular columns in magazines and newspapers and for the internet. She has lived in the north of England for nearly 30 years.

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