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Wheelton

Lancashire


Slow Ways linking Wheelton and Bamber Bridge, Blackburn (Lancashire), Chorley, Darwen, Leyland, White Coppice

England / Lancashire / Wheelton

Wheelton’s six Slow Ways are 67% checked

Drawn: 6/6
reviewed: 5/6
verified: 3/6
and surveyed: 2/6

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Walk to Wheelton from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
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 -
Chorley—Wheelton
Chowhe one Survey me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 44m Descent 69m
Leyland—Wheelton
Leywhe one Pioneer me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 77m Descent 154m
Leyland—Wheelton
Leywhe two Review me Distance 7km/5mi Ascent 98m Descent 18m
Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Whebla one Pioneer me Distance 18km/11mi Ascent 399m Descent 396m
Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Whebla two

Double check Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 128m Descent 131m
Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)
Whebla three Verify me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Wheelton—Darwen
Whedar one Pioneer me Distance 12km/7mi Ascent 281m Descent 331m
Wheelton—White Coppice
Whewhi one Enjoy me Distance 4km/2mi Ascent 64m Descent 74m

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Collective progress

60% of Wheelton’s six route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

10/10

drawn

7/10

reviewed

4/10

surveyed

3/10

verified

8 people have contributed to Wheelton’s Slow Ways

0 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Wheelton

64km out of 102km have been walked and reviewed

130km of reviews have been shared in Wheelton

Latest Updates

Pick up the canal after 3/4 mile and the walk remains on the towpath until half a mile from Wheelton centre and the Red Lion....

William Huxham

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There was a tiny section of quiet road at the Wheelton end, but apart from the ends, the entire route was along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal....

Mary Oz

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Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)

Mary Oz added Whebla three, a new walk from Wheelton to Blackburn (Lancashire)

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Also, at the Wheelton end of the route, the footpath leaving the canal is currently closed due to a big hole in the path where I think it has collapsed....

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 towpath is wider along this section, and I felt safe on my bike passing dog walkers etc....

Runtoexplore

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Runtoexplore took this photo on Chowhe one

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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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It was initially tricky finding the right path between the reservoirs, but once there it was very peaceful with beautiful sky and reflections, and views towards the moors....

Mary Oz

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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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Passed my 2 nice pubs, lovely setting, The Malthouse, a lovely place to grab a pint or eat....

Jade Fidler

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There is no footpath sign from Chapel Lane to point out the very small, hidden almost entry and the footpath is ver over-grown and takes concentration. Then you come out onto a field crossing with no visible footpath over....

Runtoexplore

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An easy-going pleasant route, 80% of which is along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath, although perhaps this can get monotonous after a while when there isn’t much scenic variety. A few steep/stepped bits at bridges. An improvement to the route would keep you on the canal until The Top Lock Pub at Wheelton, rather than coming off sooner onto roads....

sasumner

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A very enjoyable route which starts with a short climb up to Heapey (partly on roads) before joining an excellent countryside trail through to the picturesque hamlet of White Coppice. Points of interest include St Barnabas Church, the Chorley-Blackburn railway viaduct (disused) and the Heapey Reservoirs. The massive Heapey Bleach Works are now housing though!...

sasumner

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Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)

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

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Nice route along the canal, some short sections will be pretty muddy in winter. Popular pub just as you get off the canal in Wheelton....

Bramble

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After exiting Leyland, it follows quiet pleasant trails and there’s some fun exploration from Whittle-le-Woods to Wheelton. It gets challenging in that last third: there’s a steep cobbled path, tricky navigation to find the tunnels under the M61, some rougher terrain, and a final climb over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal....

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!...

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Leyland—Wheelton

sasumner added Leywhe two, a new walk from Leyland to Wheelton

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Bamber Bridge—Wheelton

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

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Chorley—Wheelton

Slow Ways added Chowhe one, a new walk from Chorley to Wheelton

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Leyland—Wheelton

Slow Ways added Leywhe one, a new walk from Leyland to Wheelton

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Wheelton—Blackburn (Lancashire)

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

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Wheelton—Darwen

Slow Ways added Whedar one, a new walk from Wheelton to Darwen

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Wheelton—White Coppice

Slow Ways added Whewhi one, a new walk from Wheelton to White Coppice

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Wheelton’s Slow Ways starting point

Grid ref

SD6002421188

Lat / Lon

53.68562° / -2.60677°

Easting / Northing

360,024E / 421,188N

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