Without doubt walking is one of the most popular ways of enjoying the great outdoors and it keeps you fit and healthy, so why not put your best foot forward and take a walk around some of Lancashire’s forgotten countryside. Burnley has some great walks for everyone. Whether you want an easy ramble or a more strenuous hike the waymarked footpaths that criss-cross Burnley reveal historic landscapes, hidden valleys and beautiful views.
Burnley Way (40 miles / 64kms)
The Burnley Way long distance walks mainly follows existing rights of way. It can be walked as a whole or in any combination of its five sections. It goes through varied terrain, past stately homes, over remote moorland and through towns and villages. Each section of the walk starts and ends on a public transport route, so that you can easily return to the start of your walk.
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- Walk One – Weavers’ triangle to Queen Street Mill
- Walk Two – Queen Street Mill to Hurstwood
- Walk Three – Hurstwood to Portsmouth
- Walk Four – Portsmouth to Towneley
- Walk Five – Towneley to Hapton
- Walk Six – Hapton to Weavers’ Triangle
- Discover Wildlife on the Burnley Way
The Wayside Arts Trail (8 miles / 13kms)
A circular walk connecting Towneley Hall to Burnley’s panopticon high on the moors at Crown Point, ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’ is an award winning sculpture resembling a wind blown tree, constructed of metal pipes which have been tuned to give a melodic hum as the wind blows through them. Along the way you will pass carved Lancashire oak marker posts and bricks, which form a treasure trail on the upward route. There are options available to either shorten or lengthen this route.
Clowbridge Circuit (1.5 Miles / 2.7kms)
Encircling Clowbridge Reservoir this gentle walk is suitable for all people and has excellent views over the reservoir, where sailing and windsurfing take place, to the moors beyond. This walk can be extended to include the short walk to the former hamlet of Gambleside and its fascinating crosses.