First Published: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: Norman Buckley
Written by Norman Buckley, Walks for all Ages Lancashire features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the author then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £5.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Lancashire is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the county.
01. Silverdale – 3¾ miles 6km
02. Cowan Bridge and Tunstall Church – 6¼ miles 10km
03. Hornby and Wray – 3 miles 4 ¾km
04. Caton – 3¾ miles 6km
05. Bolton-le-Sands – 4½ miles 7 ¼km
06. Morecambe and Heysham – 2¾ miles 4 ½km
07. Glasson and Cockersand Abbey – 5 miles 8km
08. Abbeystead – 3 miles 5km
09. Slaidburn – 2¼ miles 3 ½km
10. Bolton-by-Bowland – 3 miles 5km
11. Clitheroe – 2¾ miles 4 ½km
12. Hurst Green and Stonyhurst – 2 miles 3 ¼km
13. Longridge Fell – 3 miles 5km
14. Beacon Fell Country Park – 2 miles 3 ¼km
15. Garstang – 3 miles 5km
16. Knott End-on-Sea – 3 miles 5km
17. Fleetwood and Rossall Point – 4 miles 6 ½km
18. Wyre Estuary Country Park – 2 miles 3 ¼km
19. Stanley Park and Marton Mere – 3½ miles 5 ½km
20. Lytham Windmill and Fairhaven Lake – 3 miles 5km
The northern part of the large county of Lancashire includes some of the most attractive walking country in Britain, all the better for being less well known (and less congested) that the nearby Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Recognising this quality, there are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Nature Reserves. For the purpose of this book, ‘North Lancashire’ is loosely defined as the area between the valley of the River Ribble and the boundary with Cumbria, also including the Fylde peninsula.
The broad valleys of the rivers Ribble and Lune combine with the high moors of the Forest of Bowland, the ever popular Fylde Coast and its rural hinterland to offer a wealth of easy routes well suited to the ‘walks for all ages’ format.
Both the major valleys are noted for the largely unspoilt charm of their stone-built villages, little changed over the years, and for small towns such as Clitheroe, Whalley and nearby Garstang.
In spite of the necessarily short length of the walks included in this book, considerable variety has been achieved. Circular walks predominate but the use of public transport, including the iconic Blackpool tramway, does allow the odd linear route. As befits the format, the walks are not only short, but avoid prolonged or steep ascents, rock scrambling and difficult footpaths and minimise stiles – truly ‘walks for all ages’.
Use is made of sections of designated long-distance trails such as the Ribble Way, the Lancashire Coastal Way and the Lunesdale Walk, whilst the towpath of the Lancaster Canal, which threads its way through North Lancashire, contributes to two of the routes. All are carefully described, with the attributes listed as ‘The Basics’ at the start. Features of interest along the way are mentioned, some of them depicted in the accompanying photographs. Whilst the route descriptions and the sketch maps should give adequate guidance, the use of the recommended Ordnance Survey map will always add to the appreciation and enjoyment of the countryside being traversed