Blackburn (Lancashire)

Lancashire


Slow Ways linking Blackburn (Lancashire) and Bamber Bridge, Darwen, Great Harwood, Longridge, Oswaldtwistle, Preston, Rishton, Whalley, Wheelton

Progress towards triple-checked route options for Blackburn (Lancashire)’s nine Slow Ways: 42%

Drawn: 9/9
reviewed: 6/9
verified: 0/9
and surveyed: 0/9

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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 Verify me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Darwen
Bladar one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 105m Descent 163m
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Great Harwood
Blagre one Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 107m Descent 97m
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Oswaldtwistle
Blaosw one Review me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 77m Descent 123m
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Rishton
Blaris one

Double check Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 66m Descent 91m
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Rishton
Blaris two Verify me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Whalley
Blawha one Pioneer me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent - Descent -
Blackburn (Lancashire)—Whalley
Blawha two Review me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent - Descent -
Longridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Lonbla one Pioneer me Distance 17km/10mi Ascent 296m Descent 302m
Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla one Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent 356m Descent 267m
Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla two Verify me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Prebla three Review me Distance 21km/13mi Ascent - Descent -
Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Whebla one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 399m Descent 396m
Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Whebla two Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 128m Descent 131m

Collective progress

48% of Blackburn (Lancashire)’s routes are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

10/15

reviewed

4/15

surveyed

0/15

verified

6 people have contributed to Blackburn (Lancashire)’s Slow Ways

2 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Blackburn (Lancashire)

134km out of 204km have been walked and reviewed

133km of reviews have been shared in Blackburn (Lancashire)

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My only word of caution is when you need to cross Ribchester Rd near to the Wilpshire Hotel ///logo.round.ducks. As you look before crossing traffic heading to Whalley is stopped but the filter lane to Ribchester Rd is on green which makes it a dangerous crossing in my mind....

Stearsb

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Whalley

Stearsb added Blawha two, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Whalley

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Stearsb added Prebla three, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Follow the footpaths past the car parks towards a bridge and a striking building on East cliff. The section of the walk to Bamber Bridge is very enjoyable, it’s a good surface, you have to cross a minor road and there is a narrow gap 62 cm but it should present any issues (see picture). The route through Billinge wood is tricky to follow and you may want to head to Billinge End road when you get to ///given.dark.warm (the map suggests that there are mountain bike trails in the wood, although I didn’t encounter any bikes). After you exit the wood you follow Under Billinge lane, this is a very quiet track without a footpath (apart from the section just before you reach Lawley road)....

Stearsb

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The train station is a good meeting point as it was easy for our out of town members to reach....

FourSeason Walking and Hiking Club

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FourSeason Walking and Hiking Club took this photo on Blaosw one

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Great Harwood

FourSeason Walking and Hiking Club pledged to walk Blagre one

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Oswaldtwistle

FourSeason Walking and Hiking Club pledged to walk Blaosw one

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You leave the towpath in Blackburn via an open pub car park. I think the canal towpath is probably the ideal route for this largely urban Slow Way....

Mary Oz

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I haven't actually walked this but I investigated the motorway roundabout on Google streetview. There is no traffic control on and off the M65 roundabout for several of the essential crossings, in both directions round the roundabout. Also I suspect footpath from the roundabout will therefore be little used may be overgrown or blocked....

Mary Oz

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Rishton

Mary Oz added Blaris two, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Rishton

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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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The route passes Blackburn Cathedral, and then the college. 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. I have walked the remainder of the route before, as PreBam Two, and it is very nice and very easy (once you’ve walked a couple of suburban roads), all along a quite rural-feeling cycle track, before you cross the River Ribble and arrive into Avenham Park and the centre of Preston....

Mary Oz

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Mary Oz added Prebla two, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Whalley

Strider added Blawha one, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Whalley

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Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)

maslo added Whebla two, a new walk from Wheelton to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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This isn't an ideal Slow Ways route because of the extent of road walking but I am familiar with the area and in my view this is the best option for a direct walking route, comprising a mix off off-road paths (some tarmac) and quiet roads. Some more quiet road walking follows, there is then a lovely section through Alum House Wood and across fields before joining the Witton Weavers Way at Close Farm. About half a mile later the recommended route leaves the Witton Weavers Way at SD 64465 27601 (///hungry.wells.sting) but thereafter a short section near Lower Fold appears to go through a back garden....

AndrewH

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At one point close to the River Darwen the route became impassable with impenetrable scrub across the path so we had to retrace our steps and find a way round to meet the path again further on. Apart from that the route is very accessible but with little of interest along the way although it did cross over other planned walkways featuring the areas industrial path several times...

Ian Metcalfe

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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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Blackburn (Lancashire)

greengibbo77 surveyed Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Great Harwood

F Berry added Blagre one, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Great Harwood

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Darwen

Slow Ways added Bladar one, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Darwen

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Oswaldtwistle

Slow Ways added Blaosw one, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Oswaldtwistle

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Blackburn (Lancashire)—Rishton

Slow Ways added Blaris one, a new walk from Blackburn (Lancashire) to Rishton

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Longridge—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Slow Ways added Lonbla one, a new walk from Longridge to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Preston—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Slow Ways added Prebla one, a new walk from Preston to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Slow Ways added Whebla one, a new walk from Wheelton to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Blackburn (Lancashire), Fri 3 February

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Blackburn (Lancashire)’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD6846227909

Lat / Lon

53.74662° / -2.47968°

Easting / Northing

368,463E / 427,910N

Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Blackburn (Lancashire)'s meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket

Restaurant

Accommodation

Accommodation < £50

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

Ferry

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