Lancashire

Click HERE for a collated A-Z List of current Records for the County in 'Open Paths and Trails'

Many of the FEATURED Recorders of Paths and Trails have additional extensive coverage of Walks and Walking in the County

 

*Forest of Bowland AONB
Overview

'Offers some of the most beautiful and remote walking in the country, from the grandeur and isolation of the moorland hills to the undulating lowlands with their distinctive pattern of settlements, woodland cloughs and river valleys. These landscape contrasts, along with the serenity and tranquility of the area make this a walker’s paradise.'

*Hike On Lancashire
Overview

'Organises walks, social activities and weekends away for people in their 30's, 40's and 50's (although we don't have a strict age limit).' Formerly Lancashire Young Persons Walking Group.

*Lancashire County Council
Overview

Now has limited 'walks' information directly accessible from this Site.  See instead Visit Lancashire.

*Lancashire Parks & Gardens
Overview

'Lancashire boasts some of the most exciting and beautiful parks and gardens in Britain today. The abundance of vast open spaces and fresh air makes Lancashire ideal for visiting during any season of the year. Nestled in Lancashire’s spectacular countryside discover a variety of stunning gardens and country parks alongside stately homes and historic landmarks.' Descriptions of over sixty locations.

Description from

Visit Lancashire

*LDWA - East Lancashire
Overview

'Our main social walks are at the weekend, normally a Sunday, and these average twenty miles in length. This would take about eight hours to complete and all walkers need to carry enough food and drink to last the day. We like to visit different areas eg the West Pennine Moors, Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales etc ...'

*Pennine Waterways
Overview

'Pennine Waterways is an independent non-profit-making website about the canals of the area ... Pennine Waterways is not connected with The Canal and River Trust (or the former British Waterways) and has no responsibility for the maintenance of canals or towpaths. I cannot provide information about moorings. Please do not email me about canal or towpath maintenance or about moorings ...'

*Ramblers - Mid Lancashire Area
Overview

'Our Area comprises 8 groups/programmes: Preston, Garstang, South Ribble, Fylde, Chorley, West Lancs, Lancashire Weekend Walkers (40s+). and Lancs Young Person's Group (20s-30s).'

*Ramblers - North East Lancashire Area
Overview

Covers Ribble Valley, Burnley and Pendle, Rossendale, Blackburn and Hyndburn ... The North East Lancashire Coach Rambles 'are open to both members and non-members'.

*South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival
Overview

Usually held Mid September.

*Visit Lancashire
Overview

'Walking can be the very best way to explore Lancashire’s countryside, canals, coast and towns, giving you access to stunning views, quiet lanes and rare wildlife. From the flat plains in the west through to the rugged moorland of the Forest of Bowland and on to the West Pennine Moors in the east, there will be a terrain and distance  to suit everyone.'

Bowland Walks
Overview

'The Forest of Bowland has fairly low lying fells compared with the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales – and obviously the Lake District. However, some of Bowland's fells are around 500m and present a good challenge. Many of my walks are aimed at families and beginners. There are some great places to get started such as Beacon Fell Country Park or Brock Bottom which is nearby ...'

Description from

Explore Bowland

Community Rail Lancashire Walks
Overview

'A number of self-guide walks are available from stations on Community Rail Lancashire lines: [1] The Bentham Line (12 walks) - - - : [2] The Clitheroe Line (4 walks) - - - : [3] The East Lancashire Line (6 walks) - - - : [4] The South Fylde Line (2 walks) - - - : [5] West Lancashire Lines (2 walks)'

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Community Rail Lancashire

Lancashire Local Access Forum
Overview

Access to full details of the Forum's quarterly Meetings including: [1] Agenda  - - - : [2] Attendance details - - - : [3] Agenda reports pack - - - : [4] Printed minutes

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Lancashire County Council

Lancashire Telegraph Walking Guides
Overview

'The North West of England is famous for its walks, whether it's the rugged peaks of the Lake District, the picturesque Lancashire coast or the tranquility of the West Pennine Moors. Here you'll find dozens of walking guides written - and trodden - by well-known Lancashire author and nature expert Ron Freethy.'

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Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Walks
Overview

'A different walk for every week of the year. Explore the diversity of the Lancashire countryside. A user friendly site for the casual walker ... Bob and John are retired teachers. Over a period of two years they met every week to plan and check routes in Lancashire. This is our attempt to share our walks with a wider audience ...'

Lancashire Wildlife Walks
Overview

'We aim to bring together in one place, the information about Lancashire wildlife published on blogs and websites. To help people discover, enjoy and protect our local natural history.'

Description from

Lancashire Wildlife

Mersey Walks
Overview

'With the canal walk completed, I cast around for another project. Then an idea began to take shape: to walk the Mersey from its source to the sea. The Mersey is formed from three tributaries: the River Etherow, the River Goyt, and the River Tame. The official start of the Mersey is at the confluence of the rivers Tame and Goyt in central Stockport, a few miles south of Manchester. Older definitions place its start a few miles up the Goyt ...'

See also

Mersey Way [LDWA]

South Pennines Walks
Overview

'The South Pennines is a wild, wonderful and occasionally wuthering landscape at the place where Yorkshire and Lancashire collide. A land of steep-sided valleys, heather-covered moorland, canals, reservoirs and packhorse trails. The people who live here describe it as "spectacular", "inspiring", "breathtaking" and "dramatic'.  It's a place where you'll find intense local pride - people who are passionate about the area and want to share what they know ...'

Description from

Pennine Prospects

Walking in the Ribble Valley and Forest of Bowland AONB
Overview

Links to PDFs describing some 75 Walks around and about the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland AONB

Description from

Ribble Valley Holidays

Walks and Pubs in the Forest of Bowland
Overview

'The Forest of Bowland together with Pendle was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964. Bordering on the Fylde Coast to the west, and the Yorkshire Dales to the east, from the tourist's point of view this area of north Lancashire is often forgotten and bypassed. However, the scenery - a mixture of hill and fell, moorland, woods, rivers and pasture land - is one of continuous beauty ...'

Description from

Michael Wainwright

West Pennine Moors Walks
Overview

'The West Pennine Moors offer fantastic opportunities for everyone to enjoy walking and rambling in the countryside; whether it’s a short family stroll round a reservoir, a ten-mile tramp over the moors or an "all-access" routes for "trampers".'

Description from

West Pennine Moors Information Service

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