Walking on the West Pennine Moors

30 walks around moorland Lancashire

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.



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

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
8 Aug 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.0cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Geography and Natural History
    Human Influence
    Introducing the Valleys
    Walking Safely
    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

  • Maps

    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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    June 2018

    Walk 3: start point grid ref should be SD634128

    July 2013

    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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Terry Marsh

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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