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What better way than to explore Lancashire's countryside than a short walk. The walks below are all 5 miles or under and are all available to download.
Walk in the footsteps of author J.R.R. Tolkien who regularly stayed at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley. This walk explores the richly beautiful surrounding that inspired him and a number of names which occur in 'The Lord of the Rings' are similar to those found locally.
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Nestling on a limestone rise above the River Ribble, the tiny hamlet of Mitton was described by Victorian travel writer, William Howitt as “one of the most perfect nooks of the world. One of the places that stand as they stood ages ago”. To this day, the appearance of the picturesque village of Mitton has hardly changed.
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A West Pennine Moors Trail, Darwen Tower celebrates Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and to many local people it also celebrated the freeing of Darwen Moor in the previous year.
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A West Pennine Moors Trail starting at Sunnyhurst Wood Lychgate car park, this circular walk takes in some fantastic views of the surrounding countryside from Darwen Moors.
From windswept moors to hidden valleys, walk in the landscape that inspired the Brontës. Starting in the village of Trawden, the walk passes 17th century farmhouses and the beauty spot of Lumb Spout before taking the old moorland pack horse trail to the village of Wycoller with its Brontë associations.
The four easy walks detailed in this leaflet allowing ample time and opportunity to explore the countryside which links two of England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; The Forest of Bowland and Arnside and Silverdale.
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Observe views of the Preston skyline, pass under railway bridges and follow riverside paths on this ramble in South Ribble.
A five mile ramble beginning at the Visitor Centre and taking in Longton marsh, the Ribble Way and the old Preston to Southport railway line.
This three mile ramble takes in Worden Park's Arboretum, Shawbrook stream and fantastic views across the Lancashire plain.
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This ramble takes in some of the best countryside in the area and footpaths go close to a spectacular river valley but in certain parts it can be quite strenuous.
A very pleasing three mile walk through lowland Lancashire on the extreme western edge of South Ribble.
Admire views over Preston and the Bowland Moors and see the very old Catholic Church of St. Josephs on this ramble that crosses stiles and streams in South Ribble.
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A walk through the rich landscapes of Lancashire's Lune Valley. Catch glimpses of Morecambe Bay and the mountains of South Cumbria as well as the prospect of Ingleborough.
Follow this ramble trough Hocking Wood, Malt Kiln Wood and between the trees along the River Lostock.
Discover Padiham and the surrounding countryside on this 4 mile circular walk. The walk includes natural woodlands and views of Gawthorpe Hall.
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Edisford Bridge to Bringerley Bridge
<<Download Clitheroe Walk 1>>
Brungerley Bridge to Grindleton Bridge via West Bradford Bridge Circular Walk
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Edisford Bridge to Little Mitton
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Castle Grounds to Standen Hey
<<Download Clitheroe Walk 4>>
10 health walks throughout the Rossendale Area.
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Eight walks of different ability around Lancaster, Morecambe and the Lune Valley. Walks range from 3 to 9 miles.
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Four short walks in the Rossendale area of Lancashire, including a walk up to the Panopticon, Halo.
<<Download Top O'Slate & Halo Walks>>
A series of four walks around the Leeds Liverpool Canal in the Pendle area of Lancashire.
A walk around Lancashire's artisan cheesemakers, known as "the Lancashire milk fields". The walk covers areas of the Forest of Bowland, around Chipping.
<<Download Creamy Lancashire Cheese Trail>>
Circular 1.5km walk featuring the Atom Panopticon
<<Download Wycoller Panopticon Walk>>
A picturesque Ribble Valley walk, taking in Worsaw Hill and the villages of Downham and Chatburn. Join them at the Assheton Arms before or after your walk to enjoy log fires or terrace sunshine, whatever the weather we’re the perfect place to relax and kick off your boots. <<Download the route>>
A three and a half mile walk from Gawthorpe Hall, through woodland, alongside the River Calder and out into the countryside
Take a trip to East Lancashire for this walk, starting from the historic Turton Tower. A five-mile walk, taking in the countryside and moorland around Chapeltown, Turton Bottoms and Turton itself.
Discover the bustling market town of Clitheroe and the village of Pendleton on this five-mile route. A circular, two-hour walk from Clitheroe Castle and out into the countryside to the quaint village of Pendleton.
Explore the woodland and moorland countryside around Harle Syke and Briercliffe, with this three-mile route along sections of the Burnley Way.This walk should take around an hour and a half to complete, but could take longer if the weather has been poor.
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Take a trip to Accrington for this three and a half mile walk, starting from the Haworth Art Gallery. This is a bit of an undiscovered route,with some overgrown parts and navigation required in places.
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Starting from the Whitaker museum, this walks takes you through Rossendale and Haslingden, via the Halo - a striking Panopticon that can be seen from miles around.
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A four and a half mile roue, which starts from the quiet village of Helmshore and takes the walker over moorland, through valleys and over hilltops, before skirting nearby Holden Wood Reservoir.
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