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10 great spring walks in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 15 March 2017

The ancient village of Downham

The ancient village of Downham

john lenehan

From the top of chilly Winter Hill to the beautiful coastline around Arnside, we bring you some of the best walks to enjoy this Spring.

The stunning view from Arnside KnottThe stunning view from Arnside Knott

1. Knott to be missed

John Lenehan starts the Arnside Knott circular walk in the pretty seaside village of Arnside. It has character of charm and couples this with busy shops, cafes, pubs, art galleries and what John says is the finest fish and chip shop for miles.

Start and Finish: Arnside Seafront Car Park.

Distance: 4.75 miles/7.64 kms

Terrain: A stiff climb initially but the majority after the summit of the Knott is easy walking.

Map: OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes South Eastern Area.

Watering holes: Two pubs and several cafes in Arnside plus that chip shop.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/cumbria_walk_arnside_knott_circular_1_4658410

Pendle Hill from Mitton BridgePendle Hill from Mitton Bridge

2. Ribble ramble

We follow the Ribble and pass the site of an ancient War of the Roses battle. The walk crosses two old bridges, goes past one of the county’s fine old private houses and takes in a wonderfully ancient church, probably one of our loveliest.

Start and Finish: The Aspinall Arms but ask for permission.

Distance: 4.75 miles/ 7.6 kms

Terrain: Flat walking across fields and good tracks. There are a couple of very short steep sections.

Map: OS Explorer 41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale

Watering Holes: The Aspinall Arms, the Hillcrest Tearooms and The Three Fishes.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_walk_mitton_1_4341234

The iconic Peel TowerThe iconic Peel Tower

3. You’ll want moor

A lovely short walk on Holcombe Moor with splendid views. What’s more, it has one of the most walker friendly pubs in the region. The centre-piece of the hike is the Peel Tower, which stands at 1100ft on Holcombe Hill.

Start and Finish: The Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe Village.

Distance: 2.75 miles/ 4.45 kms

Terrain: Mainly good tracks with two steep climbs and one descent and in wet conditions the moor can be boggy.

Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors

Watering holes: The Shoulder of Mutton in Holcombe is great for walkers and the Eagle & Child and Ramsbottom is a top dining pub.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_pub_walk_holcombe_moor_and_peel_tower_1_4142024

The ancient village of DownhamThe ancient village of Downham

4. Pies and pints

Pendleton and Downham are among our most beautiful villages in an area steeped in history and stories of witchcraft. This is a great area for walking, cycling, or simply sightseeing plus some excellent pubs. Nearby Whalley and Clitheroe are perfect for post-walk shopping.

Start and Finish: Car park Pendleton

Terrain: The Pendleton Downham Circle is mainly on tracks and footpaths with a short section of tarmac road.

Distance: 7.6 miles/12.2 kms

Map: OS Explorer 41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.

Watering holes: The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton serve some of the finest brews and good Lancashire pies. The Assheton Arms in Downham is an award-winning dining pub.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/ribble_valley_walk_pendleton_to_downham_1_4266383

A bright day on Winter HillA bright day on Winter Hill

5. High interest

Murder, a plane crash and the remains of Bronze Age man link this walk to Winter Hill. The area is dominated by the 1496ft Winter Hill with its television and radio masts, and John added a walk to Noon Hill to make it a little more demanding.

Start and Finish: Black Dog Pub at Belmont

Terrain: Good tracks mostly but can be extremely boggy in sections.

Distance: 5 miles/8 kms

Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors

Watering Holes: The Black Dog at Belmont is welcoming with victuals.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/west_pennine_moors_walk_belmont_and_winter_hill_1_4446950

The walk from Glasson is full of surprisesThe walk from Glasson is full of surprises

6. Coastal corner

On a bright day this small corner of coastal Lancashire is an unexpected gem. Glasson is an interesting community and this walk takes you past what’s left of Cockersands Abbey which started life as a leper hospital.

Start and Finish: The car park by the Marina at Glasson Dock, £1.00 all day.

Distance: 5.8 miles/ 9.3kms

Map: OS Explorer 296. Lancaster, Morecambe and Fleetwood

Terrain: In dry weather it is easy walking on fields, tracks, and minor roads.

Watering holes: The Lantern O’er Lune is an excellent café, the Dalton Arms is a welcoming pub and don’t miss the Port of Lancaster Smokehouse for kippers and more.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_walk_glasson_dock_and_cockersands_abbey_1_4529376

Ruskins View from the churchyard at Kirkby LonsdaleRuskins View from the churchyard at Kirkby Lonsdale

7. Meeting place

The picturesque town of Kirkby Lonsdale nestles in the very beautiful Lune Valley and offers great walking. It sits on the spot where Lancashire, Yorkshire and Westmorland meet and has some lovely architecture and excellent shops and is surrounded by glorious scenery.

Start and finish: Market Place Square, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Distance: 5 miles/8.05 kms

Map: OL Explorer 2 Yorkshire Dales.

Terrain: The walking is good most of the route but the first section is rough under foot and could be wet.

Watering Holes: Spoilt for choice in KL but we have tried Plato’s and The Sun Inn and not been disappointed.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/cumbria_walk_kirkby_lonsdale_and_devil_s_bridge_1_4224729

A walker on the Burnley WayA walker on the Burnley Way

8. Worth a trip

A map doesn’t do justice to this lovely walk over lonely moorland. Worsthorne is one of the many small villages here. Before the rise of the industrial revolution, cloth was produced in places like this. It takes in the old packhorse road from Burnley over the lonely moors to Yorkshire.

Start and finish: Worsthorne village square

Distance: 8.5 miles/13.6 kms

Map: OS Explorer OL 21 South Pennines.

Terrain: Mostly good tracks and footpaths - a good boot walk that done in good weather is fantastic.

Watering holes: The Crooked Billet is a ‘proper’ pub that sells real ale and serve good hearty food.

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_walk_worsthorne_1_4693692

The steam fair at ChippingThe steam fair at Chipping

9. Quite quaint

The word quaint could have been invented for Chipping. The streets are narrow and dominated by the ancient St Bartholomew’s church. The old houses and cottages give a real feel of a bygone age. It also sits in one of the nicest walking and cycling areas of Lancashire.

Start and Finish: Chipping village car park

Distance: 7.5 miles/12 kms

Map: OS Explorer 41 Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale

Terrain: A little road at the start and finish interspaced with footpaths over fields then a good long climb to open fells.

Watering holes: There are two pubs in Chipping and the Cobbled Corner Café is popular with walkers and cyclists

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_walks_chipping_and_parlick_pike_1_4614458

Great views on the White Coppice walkGreat views on the White Coppice walk

10. Use your loaf

Starting in the pretty village of Brinscall, this route follows the stream of the Goit through tranquil woods to White Coppice. It then climbs over open moor to Great Hill before returning to Brinscall. Best on a clear day as the views are stupendous.

Start and Finish: The car park behind Brinscall Swimming Pool, School Lane.

Distance: 5.9 miles/9.5 kms

Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.

Terrain: Can be rough underfoot and at times very muddy. Best avoided in thick mist as it can be easy to take the wrong path.

Watering holes: Home made tea loaf with Lancashire cheese and a pot of tea at the Cottage Tea Room – what more could one want?

Full details: www.lancashirelife.co.uk/out-about/walks/lancashire_walk_brinscall_and_white_coppice_1_4576166

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