10 great walks near the M6 in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 March 2020 | UPDATED: 10:02 09 September 2020

M6 near Tebay by Keith Carter

M6 near Tebay by Keith Carter

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The M6 travels through the heart of Lancashire on it’s journey from the Lake District in the north and Greater Manchester in the south. This means that the county’s beautful countryside is never too far away.

Howgill Fells by Keith CarterHowgill Fells by Keith Carter

Howgill Fells

Junction 38

The Old School is the starting point for this walk, and it is just a few minutes away from the motorway. Follow the signs for Tebay when you come off at the junction.

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Devil's Bridge by John LenehanDevil's Bridge by John Lenehan

Kirkby Lonsdale

Junction 36

It's a few miles from the motorway to your starting point in the the heart of Kirkby Lonsdale, but it's a fairly straight run you take the A65 and turn left into Main Street after a ten minute drive.

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Jenny Brown's Point by John LenehanJenny Brown's Point by John Lenehan

Silverdale

Junction 35

Parking is extremely scarce in Silverdale, so it could be a better option to park at Carnforth Station which is just a five minute drive from the motorway. There are regular trains to Silverdale station and the journey time is around ten minutes.

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The view over Morecambe Bay at Hest Bank by Kirsty ThompsonThe view over Morecambe Bay at Hest Bank by Kirsty Thompson

Hest Bank and Morecambe Bay

Junction 34

This is a bit of a spagetti junction to navigate, but you're to get on the A683/Bay Gateway heading towards Heysham/Morecambe. You need to then take the A6 towards Hest Bank and The Shore (LA2 6HN) near the level crossing.

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Hikers on the towpath, Lancaster Canal by John LenehanHikers on the towpath, Lancaster Canal by John Lenehan

Glasson Dock circular

Junction 33

Glasson Dock has never been the easiest place to get to, but it should take you a good twenty minutes to make it through the A roads once you leave the motorway. Input LA2 0DB into the satnav to take you to the car park near the marina.

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Barton by Keith CarterBarton by Keith Carter

Barton

Junction 32

Another motorway junction that will need careful attention to get you where you need to be. Coming off the M6, you immediately join the M55 which takes you to the outskirts of Blackpool, you need to come off at the first opportunity to join A6 which will take you to Barton.

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Hoghton Tower by John LenehanHoghton Tower by John Lenehan

Riley Green and Hoghton Tower

Junction 29

Whether you are arriving from the north or south, you need to join the M65 marked for Burnley/Blackburn. Exit at junction 3 and take the first exit (A675) which shoud take you to Riley Green.

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St Mary's Church, Bretherton by John LenehanSt Mary's Church, Bretherton by John Lenehan

Bretherton

Junction 28

It will take you at least twenty minutes to get to the centre of Bretherton from the motorway. Input PR26 9AB in the sat nav to take you there.

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Rapeseed fields near Shavington by Keith CarterRapeseed fields near Shavington by Keith Carter

Standish

Junction 27

The starting point is just a few hundreds from the exit of the motorway junction. Type in WN6 0PJ on the sat nav, you will come to a cul-de-sac called Brookfield Road, head to the very end where you'll find a small car park.

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Winter Hill from Beacon Country Park by Keith CarterWinter Hill from Beacon Country Park by Keith Carter

Orrell and Beacon Country Park

Junction 26

Head to the Carr Lane Carpark on Mill Lane (WN8 7RZ), it should take around 10 to 15 minutes to get passing by Orrell and Upholland.

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All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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