Having just finished all 291 miles of the Lancashire Way, I have asked myself, which are the best parts of the route?
Most walkers prefer walks with the biggest hills and therefore my first six are those Stages which climb the highest. I think probably all would have made the my top ten but this would have left little room for the many other Stages, which have another quality and deserve special mention.
|THE LANCASHIRE WAY|
|THE BEST STAGES|
|THE BIG SIX for height|
|Stage No||Name||OS Map||Miles||Hours||Highest Ft||Climb ft|
|35||Hipping Hall on A65 to Kirby Lonsdale via Gragareth||LW 35||17.0||7.0||2238||2637||Click here to go to Stage 35|
|33||Abbeystead to Hornby via Ward's Stone||LW 33||19.0||8.0||1833||2141||Click here to go to Stage 33|
|21||Barley to Downham via Pendle Hill||LW N5||5.6||2.5||1827||1186||Click here to go to Stage 21|
|25||Dunsop Bridge to Chipping via Fair Snape Fell||LW N9||10.5||4.5||1701||1882||Click here to go to Stage 25|
|20||Whalley to Barley via the Nick of Pendle||LW N4||7.7||3.5||1497||1601||Click here to go to Stage 20|
|13||Rivington, Winter Hill and Great Hill||LW S13||6.8||3.0||1495||1406||Click here to go to Stage 13|
Having separated the big six, I must say that it was not easy to choose a list that was limited to ten but I finally came up with those listed below. Undoubtedly this is very much a personal view and includes predominantly those with the most beauty and the best views. There are so may that just missed out such as Stage 9 with its 23 locks along just three miles of canal as the Leeds Liverpool canal climbs out of the Douglas Valley from Wigan. Such history and industrial heritage and then to be followed by the beautiful parkland of the Haigh Hall Estate. Perhaps I should include it after all?
Or Stage 40 – a mere 4.5 miles from Silverdale to Warton with its coastline and then the Crag with its Iron Age hill fort. This just missed out to the preceding Stage 39, which ends in Silverdale. So why not walk both? And then there is Stage 36, which follows the River Lune from Kirby Lonsdale. Not to mention Stage 6, which narrowly lost out to Stage 7. This walk includes the very first hills on the Southern Loop, with more great views from Harrock and Parbold Hill. So again do try and combine the two Stages into one walk so that you can see both.
I could go on!
|THE LANCASHIRE WAY|
|THE BEST STAGES|
|Stage No||Name||Highlights||OS Map||Miles||Hours||Highest Ft||Climb ft|
|5||Croston to Mawdsley||Croston Village and the silence of the Moss||LW S5||3.2||1.25||72||112||Click here for Stage 7|
|7||Parbold Hill to Gathurst||Two great viewpoints and the Douglas Valley||LW S7||5.5||2.5||559||688||Click here for Stage 7|
|12||White Coppice to Rivington||The cricket pitch and the Reservoirs||LW S12||4||1.5||556||482||Click here for Stage 12|
|14||Abbey Village via Darwen Tower and Roddlesworth||The Tower, its views and then woods and reservoirs||LW S14||6.2||2.5||1249||740||Click here for Stage 14|
|18||Riley Green to Mellor||Typical understated Lancashire||LW N2||9||3.5||693||1118||Click here for Stage 18|
|22||Grindleton to Slaidburn||Looking down to the Ribble and Hodder valleys.||LW N7||9||3.5||1220||1258||Click here for Stage 22|
|26||Chipping to Hurst Green via Longridge Fell||Stoneyhurst College and the views from the Fell||LW N10||11.5||4.75||1134||1655||Click here for Stage 36|
|31||Scorton to Dolphinholme via Nicky Nook||The views of the Bowland Fells and the River Wyre||LW 31||6.5||3||697||1106||Click here for Stage 31|
|34||Hornby to Hipping Hall||Some lovely villages and the backdrop of the Dales||LW 34||9||3.5||327||594||Click here for Stage 34|
|39||Tewitfield to Silverdale||Leighton Hall, Leighton Moss and the views||LW 39||6.25||2.5||385||636||Click here for Stage 39|