Follow the routes in this pocket sized guide along Lancashire's rivers, through it's woodlands, over it's moors and along it's coastline. Contains 39 circular day walks and one linear route that range in length from 8 to 19 km (5 to 13 miles), with OS mapping and colour photos.They all are suitable for most walkers as there is a variety of terrain to be explored. Some of the walks are more like gentle strolls that make a good introduction to the wonderful recreation of walking and help the less fit to prepare for more challenging walks.
Lancashire does not have mountains similar to Munros or Corbetts, but it does have some high hills. They include Weets Hill, the heights above Darwen and Pendle Hill, all of which tempt the walker to climb onto their long grassy ridges, from which there are panoramic views. Those who prefer breezy coastal rambles will enjoy a bracing walk along the Cocker Channel, or a stroll on the embankment that edges part of Morecambe Bay. A trio of fine rivers, the Ribble, the Hodder and the Calder, can also be enjoyed on one of the walks.
If level ground is your choice for walking, Lancashire can fulfil this desire too. The Lancaster Canal provides great towpath walks, where you are often rewarded with a flash of petrol blue as a kingfisher flies low over the cut, perhaps at Glasson or Garstang and there are flat pastures between Martin Mere Wildfowl Centre and Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve just waiting to be walked.
All the walks start from car parks or recognised parking areas and the relevant grid references are given. Many start points are approached along narrow, quiet lanes where care should be taken in case you meet a farm vehicle or a flock of sheep and can be accessed from the M6.
Author: Mary Welsh
Published: May 2017