Walking on the West Pennine Moors
30 routes in gritstone country
By Terry Marsh
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.
SeasonsIdeal for walking in all seasons
CentresAccessible from all directions - the main urban centres are Chorley, Darwen, Blackburn, Bolton, Haslingden and Manchester.
DifficultyNot technically difficult, but the terrain can be demanding, especially after rain. Paths shown on map are not always present on the ground, and even those that are require attention to route directions.
Must SeeThe West Pennine Moors are many and varied, threaded by valley road links, surrounded by towns and villages, and providing a wide range of excellent walking opportunity in a moorland setting. Numerous prehistoric sites are spread across the moors, as well as monuments to wealth and achievement.
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.
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
1:50000 – all the walks in this book can be found on Ordnance Survey® Landranger Sheets 103 (Blackburn and Burnley), and 109 (Manchester).
1:25000 – of greater use to walkers on the West Pennine Moors is the Ordnance Survey Explorer Sheet 287 (www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk), which covers all the walks in this book.
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Walk 3: start point grid ref should be SD634128
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.
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Dr Terry Marsh is a Lancashire-based award-winning writer and photographer who specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He has been writing books since the mid-1980s, and is the author of over 100 titles.
Terry holds a PhD in Historical Geography and a Master of Arts degree (with Distinction) in Lake District Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), a member of the National Union of Journalists, and an Honorary Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
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