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Burnley Way - Part 2: Queen St. Mill to Hurstwood






The second section of the Burnley Way takes you from Queen St. Mill Textile Museum in Briercliffe, across open farm fields, woodland and high moorland, past reservoirs and on to the Elizabethan village of Hurstwood. Between the plantations of broadleaved and coniferous trees in the Thursden Valley, look out for rare grasses, such as quaking grass and Grass-of-Parnassus flower, and extensive areas of heather, bilberry and crowberry. Summer visiting birds such as curlew, golden plover, skylark, twite and merlin can be seen above Black Hameldon and Worthorne Moors. For this walk, we recommend walking with a friend or group. We also advise wearing stout boots, waterproofs, and warm clothing.

Walk Waypoints

  1. 1 Beginning at Queen St. Mill Textile Museum at Harle Syke, go east along Harrison St. and follow the footpath around the allotments to a metal kissing gate. Cross a field and stile through a boggy area to a second kissing gate behind Rose Cottages. Turn left and follow the lane to Todmorden Road. Turn right carefully down the road. After 100m, take the lane left by Lower Cockden Farm, keeping to you left hand side.
  2. 2 Cross the fields for nearly 1km to Inghams Farm. Go through the yard and turn left into Black House Lane and up 200m to Shores Hey Farm.
  3. 3 At Shores Hey, turn right through the gate and go along the side of a modern out building. Follow the track and path for 500m, then cross a stone stile. Keeping the wall close to you right, cross one field to a stile by a gateway. Descend to cross a tributary of Thursden Brook, and continue to the next stone stile.
  4. 4 Turn sharp right through the stile following the wall and hedge down to the footbridge over Thursden Brook. Carefully cliomb the steps up Ell (alder) Scar, and go up the right hand side of the field passing the Forest of Burnley sign.
  5. 5 At the field corner, turn left onto the track, which will take you to Park Wood via a further field (the site of an unfilled quarry) - look for another Forest of Burnley sign. Follow the path through the kissing gate, and the wood to another kissing gate. Once through, descend to towards Thursden Brook. Walk along the bank eventually crossing a footbridge before turning right along an indistinct valley footpath to Ridehalgh Lane.
  6. 6 Turn right and follow the metalled road carefully, eventually climbing up 1.5km, crossing over a cattle grid to its summit. Descend into Yorkshire approximately 500m down the road.
  7. 7 Take the first footpath right after the boundary. Carefully descend to the stream, and climb up above Widdop Reservoir.
  8. 8 Bear right at Gorple track junction (now the new Pennine Bridleway) and follow it uphill back into Lancashire for 3km, crossing between the Gorple Stones and Hare Stones.
  9. 9 Descend after the gate down the track to Hurstwood Brook, bearing left to the head of Hurstwood Reservoir. Cross a small footbridge and climb the steep track round the northern end of the plantation.
  10. 10 Follow the path alongside the plantation down to the hamlet of Hurstwood to end stage 2 of the Burnley Way.

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