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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Marl Pits Hillside Hike

Marl Pits Hillside Hike / 3.12 miles/ 145m elevation change/ Easy Hike/ Dog Friendly / Family Friendly/ Not pushchair accessible/ Time to complete 1.5 – 2.5 hours

Start Location Postcode BB4 7SN (free parking is available at Marl Pits Leisure Complex and Swimming Pool)


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Welcome to this hillside hike that takes in some of fantastic moorland and woodland above, Rawtenstall and Newchurch, in the heart of the Rossendale Valley.

The walk starts and ends at the car park of the Marl Pits Leisure Complex. Leave the car park and turn left, taking the road past the rugby club and athletic track.

Follow the road, using the footpath to the right of it, as it snakes up into the woods past the rugby pitches until it starts to level out at the top. You will notice a farm track appear on your right hand side. Turn right and follow this farm track.

Follow the Farm track until it forks. Here, take the path to your left and head uphill into the woodland.

Follow the path as it snakes through the woodland to the right of the football and rugby pitches.

The path will then bend around to your left and start heading uphill. Follow the path as it ascends until you reach a fork in the path, directly after a gate.

Take the right path and follow the steps as they ascend up the valley side.

This path will bend around to the left, follow the path as it starts to emerge out of the woodland. At this point you will experience your first breath-taking view over the Valley. Take a short break here and enjoy the view, you still have a bit of a climb to go before you reach the summit of this walk.

After your short break, continue along the path, passing through the gate onto the road. Follow the road to your right, heading up the hill.

Continue up the road as it bends around to the left, passing the houses on your left, and continue up the hill. The road will then bend around to the right, continue to follow this road, Chapple Hills lane, as it continues to ascend up the valley side.

Follow this road until a driveway appears on your right hand side, with a stile leading to a footpath to the right of the driveway. Climb over the style and follow the footpath as it follows the perimeter of the house. Take extra care at this point, as the path is narrow, has an uneven surface and the vegetation is a bit overgrown.

Once you are passed the house, follow the path as it heads towards the small woodland. Here you will cross a small collapsed style and straight away the path forks. Follow the path to your left as it heads up into the woodland.

Follow the path , as it bends around to the right and heads into the woodland. Here it’s a spooky setting, especially on a dark damp day.

Continue to follow this path, as it bends to its left after a small clearing, and heads straight up the valley side. The path will then start to emerge out of the woods, and you will find a wall in front of you.

Follow the path to your right, keeping the wall on your left.

The path will emerge into a small clearing and bend around to the right. Continue to follow it and head back into the small wooded area.

Pass through the small wooded area and follow the path, keeping the wall on your left for a short distance until you see a stile in the wall to your left

Climb over the stile and enter the field. Once in the field, immediately turn left and follow the footpath, keeping the wall, then fence on your left hand side.

Continue along the path until you reach a gate with a stile to the right of it. Climb over the stile into the next field.

Continue along the path, keeping the broken fence to your left, as it bend around to the right. The path will start to descend downhill and a half collapsed wall will start to appear directly in front of you. Head towards this wall.

As you continue heading towards the wall. You will see a rusty gate to your right between the wall and a fence. Pass through this gate and head onto the farm track.

Continue for a short distance on this farm track until it forks. At the fork in the track, take the right track, keeping the fence on your right.

Continue up this track until you reach a gate with a stile next to it. Climb over the stile into the next field.

Once over the stile, you will see another stile in the fence directly in front of you. Climb over this stile into the next field.

Follow the path straight across the middle of the field, heading towards the stile in the wall at the opposite end. Once you reach the stile, climb over it into the next field.

Again, Follow the path straight across the middle of the field, heading towards the sign post at the corner of the wall.

Continue to follow the path past this signpost heading towards the stile in the fence. Once you reach the stile, climb over it into the next field.

Once over this stile follow the path straight in front of you as it descends and bends around to the right. As it bends, you will see a gate in front of you.

Pass through the gate, remembering to close it behind you, and follow the path as it ascends back up the hillside.

Follow this straight path until you reach a gate with a stile next to it. Climb over the stile and head straight through the small gate directly in front of you.

Continue along this path until you reach a gate at the end of it which will lead you onto Edge Lane.

Follow Edge Lane as it bends around to the right and follow it until you reach a junction. Follow the road to your left and continue to head down the valley side.

Continue to follow Edge Lane, down the valley side, passing the farmhouses and cottages until you reach Newchurch Road.

Turn right down Newchurch road. At this point, you are coming to the end of your walk and may want to reward yourself with a refreshing drink. With the Red Lion pub across the road,  this is the perfect opportunity to do so. So why not head over for a swift drink. If you do choose to do this, please take car crossing the road.

After your refreshment stop, Head west down Newchurch road towards Rawtenstall, and follow the road for 0.3 miles until you reach the entrance to Marl Pitts on your right hand side.

Turn right into Marl Pits and you will find yourself back at the car park where you started.

Congratulations, you have completed the Marl Pitts Hillside Hike.


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Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk

Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk / 3.99miles/ 78m elevation change/ Easy Hike/ Dog Friendly/ Family Friendly/ Not pushchair accessible.

Start Location Postcode PR6 8DP (free parking is available on Dole Lane opposite the Hare and Hounds Pub).


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Welcome to this peaceful countryside walk where you can take in the relaxing sound of flowing water, as well as the peaceful sights and sounds of Roddlesworth wood.

The walk starts from the car park of the Hare and Hounds Pub in Abbey Village. You will be glad to know that it ends here too so you can treat yourself to a refreshing pint at the end of your countryside stroll.

Leave the car park to the south east, pass through the gate and head down the road leading towards Rake Brook Reservoir. At this point, you are passing onto united utilities property and it is advised here that dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Once through the gate, continue to walk along the road, keeping the reservoir on your right hand side until you reach the house at the end of the reservoir. At this point there is a path leading off the road to the left in front of the house, follow this path.

At the end of the path, you will find yourself back on a road. Cross the road and head over the footbridge crossing the reservoir overflow channel.

Follow the path as it heads up alongside the overflow channel until you reach the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir in front of you and a T junction in the path.

Follow the path to the left as it goes over the top of the dam. The path will eventually head into woodland and curve around to the right, following the banks of the reservoir. Here you can take in the sights and sounds of the peaceful woodland.

Continue to follow the path as it ascends upwards. This is the toughest climb you will have today so no need to rush.

Just after you reach the summit of the ascent, you will reach a fork in the path. Take the path to your right heading back down towards the banks of the reservoir.

Continue on this path until you reach the dam at the face of Upper Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point, you should see a gate on your left taking you along the banks of the reservoir. Pass through the gate, to your left, and follow the path.

Continue along the path, taking in the beautiful views across the reservoir until it starts to ascend away to the left. Continue to follow it and you will reach a junction with another path.

Take the path to the right, cross the small bridge, and continue to follow the path as it follows the banks of the reservoir.

The path will start to ascend away from the reservoir to the left. Continue to follow it as it does so. As you are ascending, you will notice two paths splitting off from the main path, one on the right first, then one on the left. Ignore both of these and continue to follow the main footpath as it continues away from the reservoir, through the woodland.

Continue to follow this footpath for 0.6 miles, ignoring the smaller paths that split off After 0.6 miles, you will reach a gate crossing the path just before a bridge on the right. Pass through the gate and turn right straight away, crossing the bridge.

Straight after the bridge you will notice a rusty gate on your right, heading down to the banks of the stream. Pass through this gate and follow the stream as it winds its way down towards the reservoirs..

Straight after the bridge you will notice a rusty gate on your right, heading down to the banks of the stream. Pass through this gate and follow the stream as it winds its way down towards the reservoirs.

Continue along this path, taking in the waterfalls and the peaceful sounds of flowing water, until you reach a small bridge crossing a stream. Cross the bridge and ascend the steps, taking you up to a gate.

Pass through the gate and walk to the junction with the bridleway. Follow the bridleway to the right and continue along it for 0.3 miles until it comes to a halt and there is a fork in the road. Take the footpath to your right, heading back into the woodland towards the banks of the reservoir.

Follow this path, as it gradually makes its way back down to the banks of the Upper Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point you will see a gate in front of you taking you onto a small single track road. Pass through this gate.

Follow the single track road until you get to a small car park on your right for the angling club. If you look to your right here, you will notice a gap in the fence to the rear of the car park. Pass through this gap and follow the path as it descends into the woodland.

Continue to follow the path, as it curves around to the left and continues to descend towards the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir.

Pass through the gap in the wall at the bottom of the path, and you will find yourself at a junction with another path. Follow the path to the left, keeping the reservoir on your right hand side.

Continue you to follow this path as it follows the banks of the reservoir, crossing the raised walkways over the boggy ground until you reach the end of the path where you will find a bridge on your right. Turn right and cross the bridge.

You will now find yourself at a familiar spot, at the dam holding back the Lower Roddlesworth Reservoir. At this point, you are going to follow the same path you followed to reach this point at the start of your walk.

Turn left back down the path leading towards the bridge crossing the overflow channel. Cross the bridge, and head straight across the road, heading up the path with the house on your left hand side.

At the top of the path, turn left and follow the road, keeping the reservoir on your left. At this point, if you look to your right, you will get a fantastic view towards Pendle Hill on the horizon.

At the end of this road, pass through the gate and you will find yourself back at the Hare and Hounds pub.

Congratulations, you have completed the Roddlesworth Reservoir and Woodland Walk. Why not reward yourself with a refreshing pint at the pub.

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Peel Tower Woodland Walk

Peel Tower Woodland Walk / 3.22 miles/ 207m elevation change/ Moderate Hike/ Dog Friendly/ Family Friendly/ Not pushchair accessible.

Start Location Postcode BL8 4NN (free parking is available in the car park on Lumb Carr Road just to the south of Holcombe Village).


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Welcome to this best of both walk where you can take in fantastic views over Greater Manchester, as well as the peaceful sights and sounds of Redisher wood. Please note, parts of this walk will not be accessible when a red flag live firing exercise is issued by the army base at Holcombe Moor, so please be mindful of this and look out for these red flags on your walk.

Start of the walk

The walk starts at the car park on Lumb Carr Road, just to the south of Holcombe Village. From here cross Lumb Car road and head through the gate onto the public footpath. At the end of the footpath, pass through the gate and turn right up Holcombe Old Road.

Continue up Holcombe old road until you reach a junction with Moorbottom Road on your left. Turn Left up Moorbottom Road and continue up the road for 50 yards until a bridleway appears on your right, taking you up towards Peel Tower. Turn right up the bridleway.

Follow the bridleway as it bends around to your left and starts to ascend up towards the Tower. Continue up the bridleway for 0.2 miles, taking in the fantastic views over Greater Manchester to your left. The bridleway will now start to level out, and  bend around to your right. Continue to follow it around and you will find yourself heading directly towards Peel Tower.

Now that you are at Peel tower, reward yourself by having a break and take in the views over the Rossendale Valley and Greater Manchester. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Peak District to the South West of Manchester.

Now that you have recovered from your ascent up to Peel Tower, follow the path into the moorland directly behind Peel Tower, heading off to the east. Continue along this path, for 0.2 miles, until you reach a gate in the wall in front of you. Pass through the gate and immediately turn left, descending down off the moorland.

At this point you will find that you have some amazing views, off to the east, over Turton and Edgeworth, with Winter Hill in the distance. Follow the path as it descends down off the moorland. Be careful with your footing at this point as the path does start to get rather steep.

You will eventually reach a gate in the fence in front of you. Pass through the gate, follow the path to the left and continue to descend down the side of the hill.

This path will eventually reach a junction with a bridleway. Follow the bridleway to the left until you reach a gate on the bridleway and a style to your right. Climb over the style to your right, taking the footpath through the farm field. Please note, if you have a dog with you, please have it on a lead as there is livestock in this field.

Follow the path as it starts to bend around to the right and head towards the strange looking style over the fence. Climb over the style taking extra care with your footing here. Once over the style, follow the path to the right and start to descend into the woodland. Continue along the path for 50 yards until you reach a fork in the path. Take the left path that descends down the valley side and deeper into the woodland.

Continue along the path, for 0.1 miles, until you reach the valley floor where you will find yourself at a junction between two paths, and a gate to your right. Pass through the gate and follow the path to the right of the large tree.

Follow the path as it ascends up the grass banking, towards the ancient farm buildings. At this point, you may have to take a diversion.

If red flags are flying on the army base on the hill in front of you, take the path to your left and continue along this path for 0.5 miles, until it descends into Redisher Woods and meets at footpath on it’s right. If you have chosen this route, please continue to follow the directions from the *.

If there are no red flags, once you reach the farm buildings, take the path to the right and then almost immediately take the bridleway on your left as it heads east towards the gate at the entrance to the woodland.

Pass through the gate, and follow the bridleway as it descends into the woodland. After 200 yards, you will reach a junction in the bridleway, follow the bridleway to the left  and head towards the weir crossing the stream. Take the stepping stones, and cross the stream.

After 100 yards a path will appear on the left, take this path and head towards the gate that has the “out of bounds” sign on it. Do not worry, you can pass through this gate when there are no red flags.

Pass through the gate and follow the path, crossing the bridge, and head up the banking on the far side of the stream. You will now follow this path for 0.5 miles passing an old mill pond to your right, passing through a gate at the end of the mill pond, and descending further into Redisher wood.

*After 0.5 miles you will reach a junction with 2 bridges. If you take the smaller bridge to the left, you can head up the path for 20 yards for a fantastic photo opportunity of a waterfall. If you don’t fancy this, take the large bridge to the right and follow the bridleway until you reach a bridge on your left, cross this bridge.

Once over the bridge, follow the path to the right and continue to follow it, keeping the stream on your right, as it descends further into the wood.

After 0.2 miles, a large construction site appears, with the path forking around the site. Take the path up the banking to the left, keeping the construction site on your right.

Follow this path for 0.2 miles until you reach a junction with Holcombe old road on your left. You are now nearing the end of your walk and there is a perfect opportunity for some refreshments. If you fancy a pint and some snacks, continue down the path until you reach Bolton Road West. Here you will find the Hare and Hounds pub on your right where you can have a refreshments pitstop.

Once you have had your pitstop, head back to the junction between the footpath and Holcombe Old road.

Turn up Holcombe Old Road and ascend up the cobbled road for 0.5 miles, crossing the junction with Branch Road as you do so.

After 0.5 miles, you will start to recognise the road and notice you have been here before, and you will find the small footpath on your right that leads back to Lumb Carr Road. Take the footpath and head towards Lumb Carr Road. Once your reach the road you will see a car park where you started the walk, straight in front of you. Congratulations, you have completed the Peel Tower Woodland Walk.

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Helmshore’s Industrial Past Loop

Helmshore’s Industrial Past Loop / 4.07 miles/ 158m elevation change/ Moderate Hike/ Dog Friendly/ Family Friendly/ Not pushchair accessible.

Start Location Postcode BB4 4NP (parking is available in the Helmshore Textile Museum car park).


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Welcome to this historical moorland walk around the village of Helmshore and its surroundings. On this walk you will take in some spectacular sights of what life was like for the people of Helmshore in the 1800’s, combined with some stunning views from the moorland down the Rossendale Valley.

Start of the walk

The start of the walk is the car park of the Helmshore Textile Museum. This is our first encounter with Helmshore’s industrial past. The two mills on this site were built between 1796 and 1830 and produced textiles from both wool and cotton. The mills continued to work on the site until 1967, where they closed and were converted into the museum. The mills are said to be the best preserved cotton spinning and wool fuelling mills in the country.

Walk South East along the Footpath leaving the car park towards a gate in a fence. Pass through the gate and turn left towards the steps up towards the old railway lines. Climb the steps and you will find yourself on the old railway lines, overlooking the museum car park

These old railway lines would have been constructed in the 19th Century and would have primarily been used to transport goods to and from the textile mills. However, there would have been some public use of the railroads, as the towns in the area were now much better connected. This, combined with the introduction of paid holidays for workers in the late 19th Century, allowed people to use the railways to travel to different parts of the UK on holiday.

Continue along the railway for 0.3 miles, taking in the views over Helmshore to your left as you do so, until the path dips down towards Ogden brook. Here you will find yourself at a bridge with the path forking at the other side of it. Cross the bridge and take the left path that bends around to the right up the grass banking.

Follow the path as it snakes through the woodland and as you emerge out of the trees, you will find the path widens and straightens out. You now find yourself on another section of the old railway lines.

Follow the old railway lines for 0.2 miles until you reach a fork in the path. Take the left path through the housing estate and follow Holden Place for 0.1 miles until you reach the junction with Grane road.

Turn Left up Grane road and follow the pavement for 0.3 miles until you reach the Holden Arms pub. Be careful at this point as this road is a very busy road. If you have a dog, I would recommend keeping it on a lead here.

Once you reach the Holden Arms pub, turn left down Holcombe Road. Cross Holcombe Road straight away and head towards the farm track between the pub car park and the houses.

Head down the farmers track for 0.1 miles. Just before you reach the reservoir on your right there is a gate in the wall. Go through the gate and find yourself on the banks of the reservoir. You are now entering farmland where sheep are known to graze. Therefore, if you have a dog, please ensure it is on a lead.

Follow the path keeping to the wall all around the eastern shore of the reservoir, towards the dam, until you reach the bridge over the brook that feeds the reservoir.

Cross the bridge, hop over the style, and follow the footpath up the farmers field, keeping the metal fencing to your right. You will eventually reach another style, climb over the style and continue to head straight up the valley sides until you reach a footpath sign and a gate on your right

Turn right through the gate and pass through the tunnel. If you don’t fancy going through the tunnel, you can always climb up the banking and go over it.

Once through the tunnel, follow the path North for 0.2 miles as it gradually climbs the valley side. until you reach a stream and a fork in the path. At this point, you take the left path, heading back on yourself, continuing up the valley side.

Continue on this path for 0.1 miles as it heads up the valley side. At the summit of this path, you will again experience fantastic views down the Rossendale valley. After the viewpoint, the path bends around to the right, follow it, crossing the collapsed dry stone walls, and you will reach a fork in the path. Take the right hand path heading through the gap between the two mounds covered in heather.

In front of you, the remnants of an old 19th Century Quarry emerges. This stone quarried here was millstone grit. This is a very strong sandstone which was perfect for building the large mill structures down on the valley floor. So by the valley sides being made out of this strong rock, it made the Rossendale valley a perfect location for the textile industry to thrive in large mills.

Follow the path into the middle of the old quarry complex until you reach the old cart path that heads straight through the site. Turn left and follow the cart path towards the South East. Continue along this path, out of the old quarry, until you reach a crossroads with a gate in front of you. Continue straight across the crossroads heading straight for the gate. Pass through the gate and continue down the cart path.

You will now start to descend back into the valley, following the path as it follows the valley sides to the right, and you will eventually reach a junction with a cart path going down to your left with a gate blocking it off. Ignore this first junction and continue to the second junction. Turn left here and follow this cart path, passing through the gate.

Continue down the path following it until it bends around to the right. Leave this path here and continue straight on passing through the small gate into the small wooded area.

Pass through this gate

Continue down the footpath, crossing the style and passing the house on your left. You will eventually reach a T junction. Take the road to the right.

Here you find yourself on park road which heads back down towards Helmshore. Follow this road for 0.3 miles until you get to a junction between park road and Musbury road.

Follow park road as it bends down to the left, with the new apartments to your right, for 20 yards until you reach Holcombe Road. Take care whilst crossing Holcombe Road and turn left.

Follow the road until a footpath appears on your right, opposite Musbury Fabrics. Follow this footpath until you reach a gate on your left. Pass through the gate and you will find yourself back at the textile museum. Congratulations, you have complete the Helmshore’s Industrial Past Loop.

If you want to reward yourself for achieving this feat with a pint of ale. You can head 0.2 miles up Holcombe road to the North where you will find the Robin Hood Pub.

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Irwell Riverside Walk

Irwell Riverside Walk/ 3.49 miles/ 50m Elevation Change/ Easy Hike/ Dog and Family Friendly/ Not Pushchair Accessible.

Start Location Postcode BL0 0QQ (Parking is at the side of the road next to old soap factory).


Click the button below to download the Irwell Riverside Walk GPX file to your smartphone and follow by using with the ‘Footpath Route Planner‘ App. Please note you will need to download the ‘Footpath Route Planner’ App in the app store first. Once you have downloaded this app, click the button below and save the route to the app.


Welcome to this relaxing riverside walk along the banks of the River Irwell in the Rossendale Valley.

Parking at the side of the Old Soap Factory

The start of the walk is the parking at the side of the old soap factory, at the entrance to Irwell Vale Village. There is enough parking here for 4 cars, if all spaces are taken and you are parking in the village, please be considerate of the residents and park sensibly.

Set off walking south along Irwell Vale Road towards the village, and cross the bridge to the junction between Aitken Street and Bowker Street. Turn left along Aitken Street and continue towards the River Irwell.

Cross the bridge and take in the views down the river. This is a great photo opportunity downstream to the south, with the trees framing the River Irwell.

Irwell Vale Halt

Once you have made it across the river, you will reach a signpost directing you right towards Lumb Village, along Meadow Park. Follow the signpost right passing Irwell Vale Halt on your left hand side. If you wish, you can walk up to Irwell Vale Halt and take in the surroundings of this 19th Century Railway Station, on the East Lancashire Railway. There is a bench opposite the station up the banking, which is a great spot to take in the fantastic views down the valley. If you have walked up to the station. Return the way you came and now head down Meadow Park.

Continue 0.3 miles down Meadow Park, keeping the River Irwell on your right hand side. Half way down Meadow Park you will see some steps on your right hand side, follow these steps for a great view of the river. If you chose this route, return back to Meadow Park and continue South along it to continue the walk.

After 0.3 miles you will reach another bridge that crosses the River Irwell. Do not cross this bridge, instead follow the footpath through the gap in the wall, to the right of the weak bridge sign.

Continue along the path along the banks of the river, taking in a great view of Lumb Viaduct to the right. You will eventually come to a fork in the path. Take the left path underneath the railway line.

Follow this path until you reach a gate which leads into a farmers field.

Pass through the gate and carry on along the path, keeping the railway on your right, until you reach a second gate. Pass through this gate too.

At this point, the path forks, take the left hand path up the banking towards the Remnant Kings Sculpture. As you are climbing the banking, don’t forget to take In the great views to the left overlooking the valley and the East Lancashire Railway.

You will now find yourself at the Remnant Kings Sculpture. At this point, there is a bench if you wish to take a short break and take in the surrounding landscape. If not, continue on the path past the sculpture back down the banking to the path alongside the railway.

Continue on the path, passing through another gate. At this point you will reach another fork in the path. Take the path to the right and continue to follow this through a further gate.

Once you have passed through the gate the path descends downhill and to the left. Follow this path now for 0.1 miles, passing a pond on the right, until you reach a bridge leading over a stream.

Cross the bridge and at this point, if you have a dog, please ensure it is on a lead as you will be passing the alpacas. Continue through the gate passing the alpacas on either side of the path.

Follow this path for a further 0.2 miles. The path is now back alongside the river on the right, and continues to follow the river around the meander bend. At the end of the path, you will the reach a further gate, pass through this into the field containing horses.

Continue along the path, on top of the river bank, until you reach a further gate taking you away from the river bank. Go through the gate and turn left towards Chatterton Village. Pass through the gap in the wall and enter the village.

Once you have entered the village, you find yourself on Chatterton Road. Follow this road for 0.4 miles, passing the church on your right and farm buildings on your left, until you have left the village and find yourself approaching a Junction with Bolton Road North.

As you are approaching Bolton Road North, you will see a bridge on the right hand side. When you the reach the junction, turn right and cross the footbridge.

Once over the bridge you will see a small memorial garden on the right. Turn right through the garden, and follow the footpath for 0.1 miles through the housing estate, until you reach a junction in the footpath.

At this junction, turn right and you will find yourself back on the banks of the River Irwell. Follow the path, following the river, until you reach a gate which leads into Strongstry Village.

Pass through the gate and follow the road under the railway bridge. Here you find yourself in Strongstry village, and on your right is the picturesque village garden.

Continue to follow the road through the village, passing under the second railway bridge. At this point, you will find yourself at a road junction, turn right following the road uphill. As you are walking up the road, keep an eye out for a gap in the wall on your right hand side. Once you find the gap, pass through it, onto the path on the old railway lines.

Follow the path along the old railway lines for 0.6 miles, taking in the surroundings as you do so. You will find the path lined with beautiful woodland, with gaps in the woodland giving way to views over the valley. This path is also part of the Lancashire cycle network.

After 0.6 miles, you will find yourself at a fork in the path, continue on the left path taking you over the viaduct. Here you will find another great photo opportunity from the top of Lumb Viaduct, looking back up the valley towards Rawtenstall.

Once you have crossed the viaduct, continue along the path, taking in the surroundings and the views over the valley as you do so, until the path starts to ascend out of the old railway lines.

At the summit of the path, you will find yourself at a junction. Take the path to the right and follow this downhill.

Continue on the path downhill, this will lead you back into Irwell Vale Village. At the bottom of the path you will find yourself on Bowker Street with the Methodist Church on your right hand side. Follow Bowker street around to the left, and continue past the 19th Century cottages until you reach the bridge over Ogden Brook. Cross the bridge and find yourself back at the old soap works. Congratulations, you have completed your scenic walk through the Irwell Valley.

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Cheesden Mills Loop

3.20 miles/108m elevation change/ Easy Hike/Dog friendly

Start location postcode OL12 7TY (Car park opposite ‘Owd Betts’ Pub)


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Welcome to this fantastic walk over the moorland, just to the North of Greater Manchester. The start of the walk is located at Ashworth Moor Reservoir on the car park opposite the Owd Betts pub. The pub is ideal for a post walk pint too (when out of quarantine).

Steps which lead to the start of the walk.

Start the walk by heading North West along Edenfield road sticking on the car park side. Continue until there is a break in the wall followed by some steps. These steps will lead to the moorland and the start of our walk.

Leading down into the valley

Once down the steps the path forks, take the right path that leads down into the valley with a stream on your left hand side. Follow the path keeping the stream on your left hand side and what is revealed in front of you is a great example of our industrial heritage, Cheesden Lumb Mill.

Cheesden Lumb Mill in front of you

This is just 1 of 15 moorland mill’s in this valley built in the 1700’s. These mills processed the off cuts of waste material from the larger mills in Greater Manchester, into felted materials.

Cheesden Lumb Mill Ruins

Continue to follow the path and cross the bridge heading straight down the valley keeping the mill on your left hand side and the weir on the right hand side.

Weir

Proceed down into the ruins, where there are some excellent photo opportunities, and continue down the footpath, keeping Cheesden Brook on your left hand side and the quarry face on your right, until you come to the old mill pond.

Follow the path to the left in-between the mill pond and the waterfall.

Waterfall

Around the corner you will find the ruins of a second mill. This mill again, was a moorland mill producing felted material from offcuts. These mills begin their demise in the 1800’s due to the invention of steam power, leaving water powered mills obsolete.

Stream on your left

Continue to follow the footpath down the valley for 0.2 miles keeping the stream on your left hand side.

Ascend up the valley Side

The path will begin to ascend up the valley side and start to bend around to the right. Follow this until you reach a large gate in the wall.

Croston Close Road

Pass through the gate and turn left down Croston Close road. Follow this road for 0.2 miles, passing a farmhouse on your right and a fishing lodge on your left.

Bear left at this junction

You will then reach a junction. Bear left at the Junction keeping the fishing lodge on your left hand side.

Gap in the wall

Follow the road for 0.1 miles following it as it bends around to the right. Do not go into the driveway of the house, climb over the style on the right hand side. This will lead you into a field and you will find yourself alongside Cheesden Brook again. Do not be tempted to cross the bridge over the brook. Follow the path around the brook keeping it on your left hand side, around the meander bend, until you see a gap in the wall on your right hand side.

Mill Pond

Follow the path through the gap in the wall, and continue to follow the path up the slope. When you reach the summit you will be able to see another mill pond to your left. Again, this is another fantastic photo opportunity of our industrial heritage.

Deeply Vale Lane

Here you find yourself on an old mill road from the 1700’s known as Deeply Vale Lane. Follow this lane for 0.5 miles.

Chimney Tower in the distance

At various points along this path you will spot many relics of the industrial revolution, the most impressive of which, a chimney tower from one of the cotton mills.

Follow the path heading left up the valley side

After 0.5 miles, you will find yourself at a junction with one path continuing down the valley towards the chimney and one path heading left up the valley side.

Follow the path heading left up the valley side

Follow the path to the left and head out of the valley. This path is very steep so please take your time. At the top of the steep slope you will find yourself in a farmers field. Take extra care at this point as this field houses cattle. If you have a dog, ensure it is on a lead at this point.

View back down the valley with the majestic chimney in the distance

If you turn around at this point you will have a fantastic view back down the valley with the majestic chimney tower standing proudly in the middle. You will now find yourself on a farm track passing some farm buildings on your right. Follow this farm track for 0.5 miles passing various farm buildings and machinery as you go.

You will then find yourself at Ashworth Road. Turn left down this road, towards Ashworth Moor reservoir, for 0.1 miles until, you come to a gate in the wall next to a mobile phone mast.

Wind Turbine

Pass through the gate and follow the footpath towards the reservoir, passing the wind turbine on your left.

Continue along this footpath until you reach the slope of the reservoir bank.

Peel Tower in the distance

If you look to your left you will get a fantastic view over the Irwell valley, towards Ramsbottom, with Peel Tower sticking up proudly on the horizon.

Head up this slope so you find yourself on the footpath on the banks of the reservoir. Continue on this path, keeping the reservoir on your right hand side until you reach a gate. Pass through the gate and continue on the path.

End of the walk

This is the final leg of your journey. Continue for 0.2 miles along the path until you find yourself with a familiar sight in front of you, the steps you took from Edenfield road. Congratulations, you have finished your hike and earned yourself a pint at the Owd Betts Pub.

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