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Bamber Bridge

Lancashire


Slow Ways linking Bamber Bridge and Blackburn (Lancashire), Leyland, Preston, Wheelton

England / Lancashire / Bamber Bridge

Bamber Bridge’s four Slow Ways are 63% checked

Drawn: 4/4
reviewed: 4/4
verified: 1/4
and surveyed: 1/4

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Slow Way Route To do
Bamber Bridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Bambla two Verify me Distance 16km/10mi Ascent 187m Descent 118m
Bamber Bridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Bambla three Review me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Bamber Bridge—Wheelton
Bamwhe one

Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 167m Descent 94m
Bamber Bridge—Wheelton
Bamwhe two Enjoy me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent - Descent -
Leyland—Bamber Bridge
Leybam one

Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent 35m Descent 42m
Leyland—Bamber Bridge
Leybam two Review me Distance 5km/3mi Ascent - Descent -
Preston—Bamber Bridge
Prebam one

Double check Distance 6km/3mi Ascent 48m Descent 70m
Preston—Bamber Bridge
Prebam two Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

75% of Bamber Bridge’s four route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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8/8

reviewed

7/8

surveyed

1/8

verified

4 people have contributed to Bamber Bridge’s Slow Ways

1 people have pledged to walk and review a route

8 people have surveyed a route in Bamber Bridge

71km out of 71km have been walked and reviewed

119km of reviews have been shared in Bamber Bridge

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For me, the route became really nice from Hoghton onwards, with wide views across Lancashire’s hills, and a gorgeous area descending from the railway to Hoghton Bottoms. The last section through the outskirts of Blackburn followed the Blackburn Stride and Ride route (including a couple of annoying parked cars), and ended with a nice walk around the cathedral to the station....

Mary Oz

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It's only the 500m section between North Bank Farm and Denham Springs Farm that is wet and muddy (most of the year I guess!). Pleasant rural footpaths take you to Hill Foot Farm before reaching North Bank Farm where the footpath quality declines rapidly....

greengibbo77

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The final third of the walk became a bit tricky starting from when the route went under the M6. I wouldn't recommend it to women walking alone which is a shame because it's only a tiny bit of the overall walk!...

JessGreen

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The route followed the River Lostock, and I was 65% through the route by the time I left the park altogether. This was once a short section of the Lancaster Canal which joined the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Johnson’s Hillock. The path went through the edge of a horse field, via stiles, and along the back of gardens to descend a slippery, steep, muddy path (a bit overgrown with Himalayan Balsam at the time) to go under the motorway. The path the other side, continuing along the River Lostock, was muddy and a bit overgrown too, but all these paths appear to be in use....

Mary Oz

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Bamber Bridge—Wheelton

Mary Oz added Bamwhe two, a new walk from Bamber Bridge to Wheelton

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When I walked this route, in September 2023, starting at Bamber Bridge, the footpath after crossing the A6 by its roundabout with the M6, was closed....

Mary Oz

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Bamber Bridge

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Bamber Bridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Mary Oz added Bambla three, a new walk from Bamber Bridge to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Leaving the woods to cross fields the route is well signposted as Witton Weavers Way. The good waymarking and lovely route of WWW continues, often with glimpses of Preston in the distance, until you’ve crossed the River Darwen. There is a bit of paved road walking, two motorways to walk under, and a wooded footpath alongside the railway, before the route emerges close to the Bamber Bridge meeting point by the station....

Mary Oz

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Leyland—Bamber Bridge

Mary Oz added Leybam two, a new walk from Leyland to Bamber Bridge

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The “rural” section was very well signposted, but had electric fences restricting the width of the initial footpath. Someone helpful from the farm directed me through the gate instead and said the electric fences are only there in late winter/early spring because of the sheep....

Mary Oz

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Preston—Bamber Bridge

Mary Oz added Prebam two, a new walk from Preston to Bamber Bridge

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The access from Bristol Avenue to cross the A5083 to the “rural” section next to the M6, is incorrectly shown on this Slow Way, but is only wrong by a few tens of metres. The “rural” section was very well signposted, but had electric fences restricting the width of the initial footpath....

Mary Oz

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The entrance to the cycle path that forms the bulk of this route, is through a cycle barrier which is 62cms wide at the top (see photo). The cycle track is a really pleasant rural route right into Preston....

Mary Oz

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Exiting Preston centre via East Cliff Road (rather than the inaccessible place shown), it takes you through Avenham Park, across the River Ribble bridge and southwards to join the Old Tramway route through to Bamber Bridge. It’s all very green, flat, comfortable and quiet with only the last 1.5km in a built-up area. Requires a short detour via Brownedge Road underpass to avoid crossing the A6 roundabout....

sasumner

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This is mostly easy strolling on the flat paths of Cuerden Valley Park, which is entered immediately on leaving Bamber Bridge. After leaving the park at Whittle-le-Woods, the route gets challenging for the final third: tricky navigation to find the long dark tunnel under the M61, some rough/steep terrain, and a climb up to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to reach Wheelton. Excellent route!...

sasumner

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This is probably the optimum route between Leyland and Bamber Bridge, although it is mostly on fairly busy and/or residential roads. There is a short off-road section midway, the access to which from Bristol Avenue includes a flight of steps which is in a slightly different location to the gpx route....

sasumner

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Bamber Bridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)

sasumner added Bambla two, a new walk from Bamber Bridge to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Requires careful navigation through the fields at Gregson Lane but otherwise it’s a clear route, including a loop to avoid the collapsed bridge over the River Darwen at Hoghton Bottoms. There are two railway level crossings (at Gregson Lane and Hoghton) and some steep sections....

sasumner

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Bamber Bridge—Wheelton

Slow Ways added Bamwhe one, a new walk from Bamber Bridge to Wheelton

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Leyland—Bamber Bridge

Slow Ways added Leybam one, a new walk from Leyland to Bamber Bridge

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Preston—Bamber Bridge

Slow Ways added Prebam one, a new walk from Preston to Bamber Bridge

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Bamber Bridge, Wed 12 June

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Bamber Bridge’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD5651125819

Lat / Lon

53.72696° / -2.66061°

Easting / Northing

356,511E / 425,819N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Bamber Bridge's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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