walk starts at the stile into the field just before the bend in the
road at Samlesbury Bottoms, cross the stile and bear left following a
wide track that runs alongside the River Darwen. Follow the river until
the path reaches a stile, cross and bear right up the hill on a clear
path. This then bends left, then right as it rises to meet a stile by a
gate at the top.
the stile heading for another straight ahead, over this and on accross
the field via a rough track heading for Bolton Hall Farm. Approaching
the farm, bear right over the stile then over another on to the farm
track heading away.
approx 300 yards turn right at the first road track Highfield farm,
through the farm yard, bearing right behind the house, over a stile and
sharp left heading accross a field to a footbridge. over the bridge and
straight on through a small wooded area. Tis bears left to emaerge in
an open field, head straight accross, then at the field gate, head
straight accross the next field to a kissing gate. Through the gate
keeping straight towards the bridge over the railway line.
100 yards before the bridge and by a pond, turn sharp right and head
accross the field heading for the right hand corner to find a stile.
Over the stile an onwards past a pond on the right, through a gate and
keep to the right hand hedge to emerege on a track besides Blanket
Hall. This then comes on to Gib Lane. Turn right and walk on to
Cripplegate lane on the left, turn down here and follow the wide track.
Turn right at a wide track and emerge on to Roach Rd.
left and after a few yards go right over a stile on to a nother track.
As the track heads straight on, bear right alongside the old disused
quarry to another stile. Over this and sharp left to cross a small
footbridge and stile. keep to the left hand hedge down to the field
corner and over a ecluded stile. bear right, diagonaly accross the
field to meet another small footbridge and stile. Cross and head on to
come out on Goosefoot Lane. Turn right and immediateley left down a
Footpath signposted drive, past the house and down the steps to cross a
brook at the bottom. Up the other side, over another stile and straight
on towards, Blakey Hey Farm.
the farm, go left over a stile and head to the left hand side of the
farm buildings, cross 2 more stiles, over the farm track and over
another stile opposite to enter the field. From here a straight trod
accross the field drops us down to the river where we started.
Walk 2. From Chapel Lane, Hoghton. Approx 4.2 miles
start for this walk is the old Chapel just beyond the railway bridge.
Head off down the track opposite and take the kissing gateon the left
opposite the gate that crosses the railway track, immediately over a
stile then down the path, left at a stile by an old brick built domed
well and down to Viaduct Road. cross the road and head directly accross
down the farm track towards a bridge over the River Darwen. Continue
on, then left at a wall and in a 100 yards or so take the stile on your
right. Follow the Witton Weavers way, initially alongside the golf
cours then over a stile in to open fields. The way is now pretty much
straight on, passing the aquaduct which crosses the valley.
path rise up over two more stiles and past a few houses before emerging
alongside the Butlers Arms at Pleasington. Turn left on the road past
the impressive Pleasington Priory, then bear right just passed the
priory along a tarmac track. Keep left as the path branches and pass
through this lovely small hamlet. Just before the last house turn
left in to a filed opening and over a stile on the left. head up the
small hill and onwards accross an open expanse of grassland. The path
climbs gradually towards the far right corner, a lone tree in the open
has a footpath arroww pointing the way.
reaching the corner, cross a rckety stile in to woodland, walk on a
couple of hundred yards before turning left through the trees for just
a short way to cross a stile (more of a gap in the fence) into the
field. From here, keep straight on with Witton Weavers Way arrow
markers pointing you in the right direction. On reaching the road,
cross and straight on keeping the hedge on your right towards Close
before the farm buildings bear left and follow a hedge line on your
right. At the end of the hedge keep straight on until you reach a stile
(a double stile) Cross this and the path drops sharply into a small
wooded area, turn sharp right (you have no choice) and follow the path
onwards before it bears left overlooking a deep ravine, below is the
River Darwen. The path now follows the river, dropping all the time
until you are at river level.
the obvious path towards farm buildings, over a stile and turn sharp
right to a footbridge over the Darwen. Follow the road through Hoghton
Bottoms, then turn right at footpath sign just after the road bends
left. Over a stile then sharp left to follow the path round the back of
the buildings. Cross a stile then bear left and clim a short but sharp
hill keeping the small brook to your left. Once at the top of the steep
bank, head diagonally right to reach a still on to a wide track. Turn
left and follow this track approx half a mile back to the road. At the
road turn right to find yourself back at the starting point.
Walk 3. Around Hoghton Towers. Approx 2.8 miles
is a good evening stroll type of a walk. Starting on Chapel lane take
the stile in to the field about 150 metres before the railway bridge.
Up the field to the wall at the top and turn left alongside the wall,
through a stile into the woods and forward, soon dropping to cross the
railway at a gated crossing.
right after the railway and follow this broad track all the way to the
bottom, emerging between buildings. Bear right and follow the path
towards the Railway viaduct. This massive structure towres above you.
Go under the viaduct arch and follow the obvious path alongside the
river through the impressive Hoghton Gorge.
path meanders along the river bank for about half a mile before
emerging at a gated style. through the still and turn sharp right up a
widening stone track that climbs sharply uphill to another gate. Take
the track left and follow this to the main road at Riley Green.
right and walk towards the Royal Oak pub. Turn right immedialtely after
the pub and continue onwards over a stile and up the field with Hoghton
towers prominent on your right. Cross a stile and continue in a
straight line through an opening with a small wooded area at either
side, another stile sees the path drop down to pass through an old iron
kissing gate that leads on to the main driveway to Hoghton Towers.
straight accross past the few houses on the right, over another stile
to then walk alongside a stone wall. This brings you back to the point
where you started, turn left down the field back to Chapel lane.