CRL - Community Rail Lancashire

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.

Walk 1 – Heysham Port to Morecambe

Walk 2 – Lancaster to Morecambe

Walk 3 – Morecambe to Bare Lane

Walk 4 – Bare Lane to Carnforth

Walk 5 – Wennington to Carnforth

Walk 6 – Wennington to Bentham

Walk 7 – Clapham to Bentham

Walk 8 – Clapham to Giggleswick

Walk 9 – Giggleswick to Long Preston

Walk 10 – Long Preston to Hellifield

Walk 11 – Hellifield to Gargrave

Walk 12 – Gargrave to Skipton

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.

Warper’s Trail

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.

St. Anne’s Town Trail

Lytham Hall (Lytham to Ansdell & Fairhaven)

Lytham Town Trail

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.