10 great walks near the M65 in Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 11:04 15 June 2020

M65 motorway by Paul Johnston-Knight (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) via geograph.org.uk - 65210.jpg

M65 motorway by Paul Johnston-Knight (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0) via geograph.org.uk - 65210.jpg

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A selection of walks from our archive that begin close to the junctions of the M65 in Lancashire.

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Brindle church and The Cavendish Arms by John LenehanBrindle church and The Cavendish Arms by John Lenehan

Brindle

Junction 2

If you are leaving the M65 at junction 2, you need to head toward the Walton Summit rounadbout and take the Clayton Brook exit. Follow the road a miles until you come a T-junction, turn left to take you to Brindle.

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Hoghton Tower

Junction 3

Hoghton Tower by John LenehanHoghton Tower by John Lenehan

Come off at junction 3 and follow the signs for Hoghton Tower on the roundabout. That should take you onto Bolton Road which to travel down to the T-junction, the Royal Oak will be on the right turn.

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Witton Country Park

Junction 3

To get to the start of this walk, you take the exit for Blackburn at the roundabout. This should put you on the A674, follow this down through Feniscowles, and past Chery Tree station, Witton Country Park should be on your left.

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Darwen Tower

The Wainwright Toposcope on Billinge Hill by John LenehanThe Wainwright Toposcope on Billinge Hill by John Lenehan

Junction 4

For this walk, exit junction 4, following the signs for Darwen on the the roundabout. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto Blackburn Road/A666, then turn left onto Bog Height Road, then left onto Tockholes Road.

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Musbury Heights

Junction 5

After exiting at junction 5, take the A6077/B6232 exit to Shadsworth. Follow the road for around four miles and you will find the Clough Head Café and Visitor Centre on your left.

The path to Darwen Tower by John LenehanThe path to Darwen Tower by John Lenehan

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Whalley

Junction 7

Exit at junction 7 and take the A6185 exit to Clitheroe/Accrington, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Dunkenhalgh Way, then turn right onto Blackburn Road, turn left onto Whalley Road, continue onto Accrington Road then turn right at King Street.

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Sabden

Junction 8

Clough Head Cafe and Visitor Centre by John LenehanClough Head Cafe and Visitor Centre by John Lenehan

At junction 8, take the A56/A6068 exit to Bury/Manchester/M66/Clitheroe. At the roundabout, you’re taking the A6068 exit. After a couple of miles take the slip road on the left onto Slade Lane, keeping going until it takes you to Sabden.

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Thieveley Pike

Junction 10

It’s a bit of a drive through the outskirts of Burnley to get here from the motorway. You go past the town centre and beyond Towneley Hall and just past Cliviger. Type BB10 4SU into the sat nav.

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Worsthorne

King Street, Whalley by Kirsty ThompsonKing Street, Whalley by Kirsty Thompson

Junction 11

Another starting point that takes you through built up areas. Type in BB10 3NT on your sat nav. It should take you through north Burnely, passing by the Thompson and Queens parks.

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Newchurch in Pendle

Junction 13

The start of this walk is just five minutes away from junction 13. Take the A682 exit to Nelson/Kendal, and follow the signs for Fence at the roundabout. Follow the road for two miles and you should see the brown for the Fence Gate Inn telling you to turn right.

Sabden by John LenehanSabden by John Lenehan

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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. We advise you acquire a recent OS map of the area you plan to visit and assure there are no major changes.

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