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Lancashire Trail

The Lancashire Trail, will take you on a 70 mile picturesque tour of Lancashire through areas of beautiful countryside with meandering streams and leafy lanes. there are hidden pastures, reservoirs, canal towpaths and woodlands of this beautiful Shire County to explore, with stunning views over Lancashire and the Cheshire Plain, culminating in a gradual climb to Pendle Hill with unsurpassed scenery all around. Starting at St. Helens on Merseyside and finishing in the village of Thornton-in-Craven on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, the route takes you briefly through built up areas, but even these have their own stories to tell of their industrial heritage.

Starting at St. Helens, the route passes through Billinge, Abbey Lakes, Parbold, Coppull Moor, Blackrod, Rivington, Abbey Village, Mellor, Whalley and Barley. If you are planning to walk the complete Trail as one time we would recommend overnight stops at Parbold, Rivington, Mellor and Downham en route. This Trail can also easily be walked as a series of seperate day trips and the guidebook in fact provides a series of circular walks which link together

Links: The Trail links with the Pennine Way at Thornton-in-Craven and to the Sandstone Trail at Frodsham Hill via a link path.


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Start: St Helens

Grid Ref: SJ 512955

End: Thornton in Craven

Grid Ref: SD 907485

Distance: 112 km

Walking Time: 6 days

Counties Traversed

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Lancashire Trail

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