LANCASHIRE RECOMMENDS - 5 best walks

Pike Tower, Rivington PIke

Pike Tower, Rivington PIke

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Once the weather clears, the Evening Post has a list of the five best walks in Lancashire to try.

Rivington Pike

Walkers can take a ramble up Rivington Pike , which is a summit on Winter Hill, part of the West Pennine Moors.

Once at the top, which is estimated to be about 50ft, there are great views of the village of Rivington. Also at the summit is the Pike Tower, a Grade II listed building. If people fancy a gentler walk, there is Anglezarke Reservoir in the other direction.

And after the hike, visitors can stop off at Rivington Hall Barn cafe, another fantastic Grade II listed building, for well deserved refreshments.

White Coppice

White Coppice is part of the West Pennine Moors and provides excellent views in all directions particularly to the north and west. Paths head west towards White Coppice via the ruins of Drinkwaters, south to Winter Hill via Hordern Stoops, and east to Darwen Tower via Pimm’s, Picadilly and the ruins of Hollinshead Hall. Distance from White Coppice to Great Hill: 4 miles, Time: 2.5 hours.

Greenhalgh Castle

Visitors can chose a direct walk from the Cherestanc Squre in Garstang, returning via the old railway cutting, or migrate via Lancaster Canal. Places to see include Wyre Aqueduct and Wildgoose Wood. Distance: 2.1 miles, or 3 miles. Time: 1 hour or two hours.

Forest of Bowland

Forest of Bowland, is described as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is home to many high points and great views. Overlooking Lancaster is Clougha Pike, the western-most hill. The hills form a large horseshoe shape with its open end facing west. Hills include Clougha Pike (1,355 ft), Grit Fell (1,535 ft), Ward’s Stone ( which is the highest point at 1,841 ft), Wolfhole Crag (1,729 ft), White Hill (1,785 ft), Whins Brow (1,562 ft), Totridge (1,627 ft), Parlick (1,417 ft), Fair Snape Fell (1,670 ft), Bleasdale Moor (1,407 ft), and Hawthornthwaite Fell (1,568 ft).

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill is a very popular walk, mainly for its association with the Pendle witches.

But screenwriters aside, the area is worthwhile on its own merit, as it carries spectacular views of Barley and Ogden Reservoir.

Pendle Hill is separated from the nearby main bulk of the Bowland Fells by the River Ribble, making it the more prominent child summit of Kinder Scout, far away in the Peak District. The most popular route for ascending the hill begins in the village of Barley, which lies to the east. This route also provides the steepest ascent.

Height is around 1,063 feet.