Self Guided Walks
A number of self-guide walks are available from stations on Community Rail Lancashire lines.
The Bentham Line
Rail to Trail – A collection of self-guided walks from station to station along the Bentham Line from Heysham Port to Skipton can be downloaded by clicking the links below. The leaflets can also be collected from stations along the line from a display rack. Visit the Rail to Trail page on the Bentham Line pages of the website for more details.
The Clitheroe Line
There are a number of self-guide walks that start close to Clitheroe station:
Walk 1 – Edisford Bridge to Brungerley Bridge, a circular walk of 2 miles
Walk 2 – Brungerley Bridge to Grindleton Bridge (via West Bradford bridge, a circular walk of 5 miles
Walk 3 – Edisford Bridge to Little Mitton, a circular walk of 4 miles
Walk 4 – Castle Grounds to Standen Hey Community Woodland, a circular walk of 4 miles
Blackburn with Darwen’s Borough Council Warper’s Trail is a self-guide walk around the Turton & Entwistle and Wayoh Reservoirs close to Entwistle railway station.
The East Lancashire Line
Community Rail Lancashire published a self-guide walks leaflet called Ride, Relax, Ramble & Roam that takes in the railway history, fauna & flora of East Lancashire. There are five walks for you to try history and the leaflet can be downloaded by clicking here.
There are a number of well publicised walks in the Burnley area with downloadable guides, including the Burnley Way – a 64 km (40 mile) long distance walk. Click the links below to see a copy of the leaflet:
The Burnley Way – broken down into six individual walks
Walk 1 – Weaver’s Triangle to Queen Street Mill
Walk 2 – Queen Street Mill to Hurstwood
Walk 3 – Hurstwood to Portsmouth
Walk 4 – Portsmouth to Towneley
Walk 5 – Towneley to Hapton
Walk 6 – Hapton to Weaver’s Triangle
The South Fylde Line
The South Fylde Line CRP has produced a series of self-guide walks under the banner of ‘Walking with the Community’.
Click the links below to download the leaflet.
West Lancashire Lines
Yellow Hammer walking route – a themed walk based on Ormskirk, designed to encourage people to discover the area’s wonderful public rights of way network.
Croston Heritage Trail – an exploration of Croston easily accessed by rail.
Wetlands and Waterways Route – four walks starting at either Burscough Bridge or Rufford railway stations
Ormskirk Warhorse Route – a themed walk from Ormskirk railway station to Lathom Park
The Countryside Code
Any prospective walkers should make themselves familiar with the Countryside Code which can be downloaded by clicking HERE. The Countryside Code gives common sense advice to help everybody respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. It is also there to support local communities who live and work in the countryside.
Five simple messages summarise the Code:
1. Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs
2. Leave gates and property as you find them
3. Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
4. Keeps dogs under close control
5. Consider other people
The Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England.