Distance: 5 miles 8k
Grade: Moderate. Mainly easy walking but with two sustained ascents.
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
Turn right. As the road bends left keep ahead on a cycle route. This soon brings you onto a dual carriageway. Using the pedestrian crossing cross to a continuation of the cycle route but soon bear left into Greenfield Road Local Nature Reserve.
Follow the path to the far side. As you leave the reserve turn right to follow a lane past houses to soon after reach a corner below the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Join the canal and turn right passing below three bridges in quick succession each representing a different era. Pass the first lock but at the second cross over a bridge
and follow a path through a field to its left corner. Here go through a gate to a residential area.
Turn left and then immediately right onto a footpath. Follow the wall on the right
but after the first field cross a pair of stiles to continue the line of travel with the wall on the left. When you enter a field with a farmhouse to the right locate a stile in the hedgerow ahead to descend to a sunken lane. Turn left. Now starts a long climb. After a footbridge he path narrows. Keep on it to a corner in front of the Cross Gaits Inn.
Turn right at the corner to follow a path that goes alongside Barnoldswick Road.
After crossing the drive of New House Farm keep on the path to reach a small gate. Through this turn right and go through a metal gate.
The path follows the hedge on the left round the corner of the field to a stile in the fence. Over this descend sharply to a brook and climb the steps to a lane
in front of a large property on the far side. Cross the lane pass the front of the house and pass through its yard.
After two fields the path bends to the right and after a stile continues to the right side of a farmhouse.
Turn left in front it to reach a stile
leading into a tree covered track. Follow this the way upgrades itself past another farm. At the junction
turn right to gently descend a little over 150 yds to another junction.
to where steps lead down to a stile by a metal gate. Through the gate turn left onto a lane and after crossing a track turn right onto a path
leading into fields. Another sustained climb follows. Aim at first for a fence corner and then with the fence on your left keep climbing negotiating marshy ground to a stile in a wall. Across this climb the final brow to a stile in a fence. Turn around for one of the great views of Lancashire and that means one of the great views of the world. From the brow drop to a stile in the field corner to Red Lane. Cross to a drive way at the handsome lodge
and follow the cycle route that soon brings you to Alkincoates Park. As you descend on the cycle path keep ahead to a circular space which has the shield of the Parker Family (which once owned Alkincoates) marked in the centre. Bear right from here to reach a path that follows edge of properties
to arrive on the line of the old Skipton to Colne Railway. Turn left onto it. After passing below Barrowford Road
this emerges onto Vivary Way opposite Boundary Mill. Cross with care.