From the outset we have had one type of reader in mind - someone we term as "the novice walker". This person enjoys walking but has not yet developed the experience to strike out on their own with map and compass. As with many other similar websites we illustrate our walks with a large number of photographs to help the reader "virtually" follow a route.
There is nothing that exceeds the health benefits of regular walking so we hope that the walks on our pages help you to improve or maintain fitness while enjoying the heritage and beauty of Lancashire.
As well as the health benefits there is a social dimension to walking. Throughout Lancashire there are scores of walking groups which are dedicated to exploring the county and places in easy reach of it. On the pages of the blog we often refer to the "fellwalking club". This is in fact the Norwest Fellwalking Club. For those readers interested in exploring the countryside further afield you can contact the secretary through the website www.norwestfellwalking.org.uk
And should you want more of a challenge why not try the Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon an event that takes place in July (www.slmm.org.uk)
As lovers of the countryside it is important that we all follow the countryside code. Here is a link to the countryside code in a wide range of languages.
Some of our walks are shorter low level walks where sensible footwear and a raincoat would suffice but for most walks - especially those with hills- walking boots are essential. It is not necessary to spend a great deal of money unless you intend to do a great deal of walking. Even then it is not necessary to spend a fortune. Waterproofs are essential though again it is not essential to spend a great deal. Warm clothing in winter is obvious but even in summer it is necessary when gaining any altitude e.g Pendle Hill, Leck Fell, Ward Stone etc. Always take a bottle of water with you.
We have done our best to ensure that the walks are accurate and up to date but we are enthusiastic amateurs not professionals. We will continue to check our walks but the reader must use his/her own common sense to ensure his/her own safety and comfort.
Please feel free to contact us at any time via our contacts page . We are always open to new ideas and constructive criticism
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