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Walking on the West Pennine Moors

30 walks around moorland Lancashire

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.


Ideal for walking in all seasons


Accessible from all directions - the main urban centres are Chorley, Darwen, Blackburn, Bolton, Haslingden and Manchester.


Not 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 See

The 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.
13 Aug 2009
31 May 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.10cm

A guidebook to 30 day walks on the West Pennine Moors. Exploring the wild and diverse landscape of moorland Lancashire, the walks are suitable for all abilities, from gentle strolls to more strenuous and demanding walks.

The walks range in length from 5 to 15km (3–9 miles) and cover a variety of terrain.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps are included for each walk
  • Easy access from Blackburn and Bolton
  • Details of local public transport and accommodation 
  • Information on the rich heritage, geology and natural history of the area

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Terry Marsh Cicerone author MARSH

By Terry Marsh

Lancashire-born writer and photographer Dr Terry Marsh specialises in the outdoors and travel. He is the author or revision author/editor of over 100 guidebooks, including the award-winning Cicerone guides to the Coast to Coast Walk (first published in 1993), The Shropshire Way (1999) and Great Mountain Days in the Pennines (2013). Terry has a PhD in Historical Geography and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), a Life Member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA (Scot)).

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