INTRODUCTION

 Lancashire Walks with Bob and John


A different walk for every week of the year. Explore the diversity of the Lancashire countryside.

A user friendly site for the casual walker.

 

 

Over 52 walks - 1 for every week of the year.


When you think of walking you think of the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales and indeed these places hold a wealth of beautiful countryside but right here on our doorstep Lancashire is full of hidden treasures.
 
Bob and John are retired teachers. Over a period of two years they met every week to plan and check routes in Lancashire. This is our attempt to share our walks with a wider audience. They are mainly between 5 and 10 miles in length and circular though one or two may involve parking the car and using public transport to reach  the start of the walk, then walking back to the car. The walks will cover all types of countryside: woodland, moorside, fells, canalside etc.
  

Distances and timings.


All distances will be given in both metric (Km and metres) and imperial (miles and yards) except for shorter distances which will only be given in metres. In this case metres can be read as yards, the difference being negligible. e.g 100 metres = 100 yards.
Timings are based on the time it takes us to do the walks. We manage despite our age to maintain a good pace. If you are a less frequent walker than we are you may have to add a little to the timings.

Maps

Thanks to our association with the Blackpool Gazette (www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk) where our walks appear each Saturday we have been able to post maps on every route described on the website. These are less detailed than ones produced by Ordnance Survey, but will provide sufficient information to keep readers on track. However there are a few routes where more advanced map reading is required. On each page we indicate which OS map can be used in conjunction with the one we provide.


It has been our habit to have a pub lunch to break our walks.
It must be pointed out that alcohol and fell walking do not really go together and care should be exercised. Nevertheless we enjoy our pub lunches and have included details of the pubs, their food and of course any cask ales that they serve.

The Campaign for Real Ale group CAMRA is in our opinion the most successful consumer group in the country. Here are links to the local branches.

Lancashire Camra

 Central Lancs Camra

East Lancashire Camra

For more walks in Lancashire visit the official website of the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board.

or go directly to their list of walks .


Another useful site with a list of organised walks is South Ribble Borough Council or go directly to their list of organised walks and scroll down to the list of attachments.
For information about the  Morecambe, Lancaster and Lune Valley areas go to their offical online visitor guide.

As of 2011 www.owenswalks.org is a website providing free detailed route descriptions for Lancashire. A very welcome addition to web.

We commend two excellent websites that cover areas of the county more comprehensively than we can do on a site that tries to represent every district. These are Michael Wainwright's www.fellscape.co.uk and Richard Wilson's www.tathamfells.me.uk Both sites give readers the opportunity to explore Lancashire's best kept secret - the Forest of Bowland AONB.

On the pages of the blog I 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)

For readers you live outside the county and are persuaded by these pages to explore its outstanding countryside we recommend looking at www.deepclough.co.uk which features cottages situated in Little Dale and convenient for the M6 and Lancaster.

Countryside Code

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.

Countryside Code

Countryside Code in other languages

Equipment

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.

Disclaimer
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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