Hoghton Bottoms Waterfall Walk

Hoghton Bottoms Waterfall Walk/ 4.65 miles/ 105m elevation change/ Easy Hike that is dog and family friendly/ Not pushchair accessible/ Very boggy, would recommend wellington boots or waterproof hiking boots/ Time to complete 2 – 3 hours.

Start Location Postcode PR5 0SL (free parking in the car park in the centre of Riley Green Village)


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Welcome to this waterfall walk that takes in some fantastic farmland and woodland above Riley Green, and then drops down into the River Darwen valley. You then get to experience the waterfalls and rapids at the Hoghton Bottom Weir.

Please be aware that this walk can be very boggy after heavy rainfall so it is recommended that wellington boots or waterproof walking boots are worn on this walk.

The walk starts and ends at the car park in the centre of Riley Green Village. Leave the car park and turn right, following Riley Green Switch Road. Walk past the Royal Oak Pub and turn right up Green Lane.

Follow Green Lane until you reach a gate with a stile next to it at the end of the Lane. Climb over the stile and enter the farm field. At this point, make sure your dog is on a lead as there is livestock in this field from time to time.

Follow the footpath straight up the middle of the field, towards the gate with the dead tree next to it. Pass through the gate and head into the next field.

Continue to follow the path through the middle of this field until you reach a gate with a stile next to it. Climb over the stile and head down the farm track.

Follow the farm track for 100 yards until you reach another gate with a stile next to it. Climb over this stile into the next farm field.

Follow the path as it descends down the field towards the corner of the field. The path then starts to turn off to the left. Ignore this and head straight towards the iron kissing gate in the corner of the field. Once you reach the gate, pass through it.

Once through the gate, if you look to your right, there you see the historic Hoghton Tower. Here there are many family friendly events organised, including a monthly farmers market, for you to enjoy but please check prior to visiting as you may need to book.

Cross over the road leading up to Houghton Tower and follow the road down past the lodge to your right.

Follow this road as it bends round to the right and continue to follow it until you reach a gate with a stile to the right of it. Cross over the stile and enter the farm field. Again, make sure your dog is on a lead as there is livestock in this field from time to time.

Follow the path, as it bends round to the right, keeping the stone wall on your right at all times.

This path continues until you reach a gate with a stile to the right of it. Continue over the stile into the next farm field.

Follow the path, keeping the wall to your right, until you reach another stile leading into some woodland. Climb over the stile and enter the woodland.

Follow the path straight down, keeping the wall to your right, until it starts to bend around to the left.

Continue down the path, taking extra care at this point as it can be slippery, heading down towards the gate that leads onto the railway lines.

Pass through the gate and cross the railway lines. Please take extra care at this point and only cross when it is safe to do so as the trains do come regularly here as it is a busy rail route.

Once you have crossed the railway and passed through the gate, turn right and follow the path that follows the railway lines.

Continue along this path as it starts to descend into the river valley.

Continue along the path until you reach a small hamlet at the bottom of it and you find yourself on Viaduct Road. Turn right and follow viaduct road as it bends around to the right.

Pass through the Hamlet and follow the footpath passing the large houses to your left.

Follow this footpath as it bends around to the right and you will start to see a large viaduct appear in front of you.

Follow the path as it passes under the viaduct and starts to follow the River Darwen. Please take extra care on this path along the river as it does get very narrow at points. We recommend keeping your dog on a lead throughout this point.

This is a lovely picture point.

Continue along the path, crossing the small footbridge, as it bends around to the left.

Here you will start to see the impressive sight of the Hoghton Bottoms Wier in front of you. This is a perfect opportunity to take some good photos.

Follow the footpath as it ascends up past the weir and continue along this path for 0.5 miles as it continues to follow the River Darwen. Crossing the footbridges as you do so.

Take in the fantastic views of the valley as you do so but as stated earlier, please take extra car when the path does become narrow.

After 0.5 miles, you will reach a kissing gate that leads into a farm field, pass through the gate and follow the path as it bends to the left and heads towards a gap in the fence. Again, make sure your dog is on a lead as there is livestock in this field from time to time.

Pass through the gap in the fence and follow the path through the field as it bends to the right and heads towards the large oak tree.

Pass the tree and head towards the kissing gate. Take extra care when crossing the bridge over the bog as this can be slippery and isn’t very stable.

Once through the gate, cross the stream and follow the path as it heads up the valley side.

You will come to another stream, cross this one, taking extra care as you do so, and continue to follow the path as it bends to the right, up the valley side.

The path will eventually reach a fence and bend around to the left.

Follow the path, keeping the fence on your right, until you reach a kissing gate in the fence.

Pass through the kissing gate and enter the farm field. Again, make sure your dog is on a lead as there is livestock in this field from time to time.

Follow the path as it ascends up the centre of the field towards the treeline.

As you continue up the path, you will start to see a kissing gate appear below the treeline.

Head towards this gate and pass through it, heading into the next farm field.

Continue to follow the path, keeping the fence to your right until you reach a kissing gate in the fence.

Pass through the kissing gate and head into the next farm field.

Follow the path as it cuts across the field, keeping the farmhouse to your left, until you reach a gate with a kissing gate next to it.

Pass through the kissing gate and turn right down the farm track.

Follow the farm track until you reach Moulden Brow.

Turn left down Moulden Brow, passing the terrace houses until you can see a large metal fence, with a gap to the left of it, on the opposite side of the road.

Here you need to cross the road and head down the footpath that leads down through the gap to the left of the large metal fence. Please take extra care when crossing the road as this is a busy, high speed, road.

Head down the footpath, as it heads down into the disused industrial site, and follow it as it bends around to the left.

Infront of you, a large metal fence will appear, at this point follow the path to the right as it heads towards a large pile of rocks.

The path will then head around to your left and start to head up the banking. Follow the path as it doubles back on itself and heads up the banking, keeping the metal fencing to your left.

Continue up the path as it snakes its way up the banking, always keeping the fencing to your left, until you find yourself on the canal tow path.

Turn right down the canal tow path.

Follow the towpath for 1.2 miles as it passes under bridges and passes marrow boats until you reach the Canal Boat Cruises on the opposite banks of the Canal.

At this point, you will see a road bridge in front of you that has a path to the right of it that heads up to the road.

Head up the path until you find yourself on Bolton Road.

Take extra care and cross Bolton road to pavement on the opposite side and turn right, following this pavement.

Follow the pavement up Bolton Road for 0.3 miles until you reach the Junction with Riley Green Switch road in the centre of Riley green.

Turn Right Down Riley Switch Road and you will find yourself at the car park in which you started.

Congratulations, you have completed the Hoghton Bottoms Waterfall Walk. Why not reward yourself with some well earned refreshments at the Royal Oak Pub.


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