Walk: Abbey Village

Preston and Leyland Citizen:

10:47am Monday 21st July 2014

LIVERPOOL Corporation built the Rivington and Anglezarke Reservoirs in the 19th century but they also built a series of smaller reservoirs higher up in Roddlesworth Woods, linked to Anglezarke by the waterway known as the Goit.

Walk: The Ribble and Hodder

Preston and Leyland Citizen:

5:07pm Monday 7th July 2014

The author Jessica Lofthouse called the River Calder the “poor Cinderella of the three rivers” that meet around Mitton, largely because it was associated with industry and towns unlike its fairer neighbours, the Rivers Ribble and Hodder.

Walk: Turton Tower

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Turton Tower

11:02am Monday 23rd June 2014

Why not combine a visit to Turton Tower with a short walk exploring its local geography?

Walk: Old Langho

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Old Langho

12:58pm Monday 16th June 2014

THE River Calder’s last port of call before it joins the River Ribble is the ancient village of Whalley. Whilst Whalley and its ruined abbey sit on the north bank of the river, the bridges crossing to the south bank lead into the neighbouring parish of Billington and Langho.

Walk:Abbey Village and Brinscall

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk:Abbey Village and Brinscall

3:21pm Monday 9th June 2014

Hundreds of soldiers from the scattered rural villages on the edge of the West Pennine Moors lost their lives in the Great War.

Walk: Brungerley Bridge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Brungerley Bridge

11:23am Monday 2nd June 2014

This walk joins two war memorials on either side of the River Ribble, which are linked via the old crossing point of Brungerley Bridge.

Walk: Pleasington and Hoghton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Pleasington and Hoghton

5:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

This walk links war memorials in the settlements of Pleasington and Hoghton, two villages separated by the rolling pastures and wooded hills of the Darwen Valley but joined across the high viaduct of the Preston-Blackburn railway.

Nick Burton begins a series of walks linking village war memorials

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Burton begins a series of walks linking village war memorials

10:09am Tuesday 6th May 2014

THE impact of the Great War on the lives of Lancastrians is clear to see in its many war memorials.

Walk: Wiswell

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Wiswell

10:42am Monday 28th April 2014

THANKFULLY overlooked by the busy roads that surround it, the hamlet of Wiswell (commonly pronounced as wizzel) has many interesting buildings including the old village school.

Nick Burton’s latest route follows the origins of a Lakeland legend

Preston and Leyland Citizen: n Nick Burton’s ‘Wainwright’s Way’, an exploration on foot of Alfred Wainwright’s life from Blackburn to Buttermere (Frances Lincoln, £13.99).

10:38am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SIXTY years ago, Alfred Wainwright was busy exploring the Eastern Fells of Lakeland as he set about completing the first of his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

Walk: Slaidburn and Newton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Burton’s ‘Wainwright’s Way’, an exploration on foot of Alfred Wainwright’s life from Blackburn to Buttermere (Frances Lincoln, £13.99).

12:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

THIS walk links the unspoilt Bowland villages of Slaidburn and Newton, both crossing points of the River Hodder which heads west and south to join the River Ribble.

Walk: West Pennine Moors

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: West Pennine Moors

1:40pm Saturday 15th March 2014

THIS walk links Abbey Village with the quarry and mill villages of Withnell and Brinscall which lie at the foot of the West Pennine Moors.

Walk: Rivington

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nick Burton’s ‘Wainwright’s Way’, an exploration on foot of Alfred Wainwright’s life from Blackburn to Buttermere (Frances Lincoln, £13.99).

11:42am Monday 10th March 2014

THIS walk leads to the Lead Mines Clough above the shores of Anglezarke, an area of picturesque waterfalls in a rocky gorge and the site of a mine that had its heyday in the 1780s.

Walk: Barley, Newchurch and Roughlee

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Barley, Newchurch and Roughlee

2:00pm Saturday 8th February 2014

HIDDEN down the back lanes between the villages of Barley, Newchurch and Roughlee is one of Lancashire’s gems

Walk: Edisford

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jenny Laycock

10:19am Monday 3rd February 2014

This short stroll along both banks of the River Ribble links the two old crossing points at Edisford and Brungerley. Prior to 1974, the bridges led to the old West Riding of Yorkshire on the north side of the river.

Walk: Holcombe Brook and Summerseat

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Holcombe Brook and Summerseat

11:04am Monday 27th January 2014

THIS walk links Holcombe Brook with the village of Summerseat. Between the two are the River Irwell and the East Lancashire Railway which makes use of the natural gap provided by the river valley.

Walk: Edgworth

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Edgworth

4:05pm Monday 20th January 2014

THE former mill village of Edgworth is ideally placed as a walkers’ centre, with routes heading off in all directions to the contrasting landscapes of Holcombe Moor and the wooded Bradshaw Valley linking the Victorian Wayoh Reservoir with its more modern neighbour, Jumbles.

Walk: Great Harwood

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Great Harwood

1:41pm Monday 13th January 2014

THIS walk links the pleasant parkland of Great Harwood with a rural stretch of the River Calder and the listed Martholme Viaduct, above, the sweeping arches of which once carried a railway line from Blackburn to Padiham over the river.

Walk: Roddlesworth Woods

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Roddlesworth Woods

10:02am Monday 6th January 2014

HIDDEN in Roddlesworth Woods are the ruins of an ancient manor house in the old township of Tockholes that was largely rebuilt by John Hollinshead in the 1770s.

Walk: Entwistle Reservoir

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Entwistle Reservoir

4:24pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

There is no more perfect festive walk than taking in the conifers festooned with decorations and seasonal messages on the shoreline of Entwistle Reservoir.

Review: Lanzarote

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Review: Lanzarote

10:25am Monday 16th December 2013

This beautiful five-star hotel was just one reason why James Tapsfield and his family loved their short break in Lanzarote

Nick Burton takes you on a pleasant meander with a distinctive start

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Hall i’th Wood has a long history

10:20am Monday 16th December 2013

OVER the past 200 years, the Tudor manor house of Hall i’th’Wood has steadfastly defied being lost under a tide of urban sprawl partly due to its long and chequered history but also due to its geography.

Walk: Gisburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Gisburn

9:56am Monday 9th December 2013

Cromwell and his New Model Army spent a night in Gisburn on 15th August 1648.

Walk: Wheelton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Wheelton

2:05pm Friday 6th December 2013

THIS walk explores the rolling landscape where the last little hills of the West Pennine Moors give way to the flatter farmland of West Lancashire.

Walk: Bowland Fells

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ornate structure of the Hodder Bridge

3:32pm Monday 25th November 2013

THE the gateway to the Bowland Fells the village of Dunsop Bridge takes its name from the road crossing over the River Dunsop, a short-lived river formed by the confluence of the Rivers Brennand and Whitendale less than a few miles north of the village.

Walk: Heysham

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Heysham

3:16pm Monday 4th November 2013

AS A pupil of Ulverston Grammar School in September 1953 I remember meeting up with a friend in Kendal and we set off by train to Heysham.

Walk: Arnside Knott

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Arnside Knott

3:30pm Tuesday 29th October 2013

Follow a route harking back to changes that occurred 350m years ago

Walk: Ribchester

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ribchester’s Roman museum

12:05pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

This week I was glad of an excuse to repeat one of my favourite strolls through history. I had a friend visiting and he had been a lecturer in Roman history in London.

Walk: Pilgrimage through Heysham

Preston and Leyland Citizen: St Patrick’s chapel, Heysham

1:15pm Monday 23rd September 2013

Over the last two weeks I have enjoyed this stroll three times each, thankfully, in perfect late summer weather.

Walk: Worsle

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Worsley

5:57pm Monday 2nd September 2013

Over the last 200 to 300 years, the Mersey catchment has been managed to serve the needs of the Industrial Revolution.

Walk: Hollingworth Lake

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Hollingworth Lake

5:23pm Tuesday 27th August 2013

When I heard Blackburn was trying to market itself as an inland seaside resort, I did wonder why? It already has a heritage which it needs to celebrate. What about East Lancashire, once the proud capital of the cotton industry?

Walk: Rivington Pike

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Rivington Pike

5:45pm Wednesday 21st August 2013

The meaning of the name Rivington indicates the presence of a “rough hill”. Thanks to the efforts of Bolton born William Hesketh Lever the hill is not so rough as it used to be and is an excellent place to drive to and enjoy a stroll and partake of a substantial snack.

Walk: Mere Sands Wood

5:37pm Monday 5th August 2013

This is no “Mere Wood” but was once part of the huge Martin Mere Lake which was said to be the haunt of King Arthur.

Walk: Warton Crag

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Warton Crag

5:38pm Monday 22nd July 2013

Did the ancestors of two of the world’s most famous leaders have connections with the village of Warton, near Silverdale?

Walk: Formby dunes

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Formby Dunes

10:25am Tuesday 16th July 2013

There are not many places left in England where red squirrels can easily be seen. We do, however, have one wonderful exception which is quite close to us. This is at Freshfield Dunes near Southport and I chose a hot day and the squirrels did not disappoint me.

Walk: Lumbutts

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lumbutts walk

6:26pm Monday 8th July 2013

The names of our old villages have always fascinated me and mostly their meaning can be translated.

Walk: Gouthwaite Reservoir

Preston and Leyland Citizen: ROUTE Gouthwaite Reservoir

2:01pm Monday 1st July 2013

AT last! Early June resulted in a reliable spell of warm weather and so I was able to enjoy a reservoir stroll which I had been planning for weeks.

Walk: Crook O'lune

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Crook O'Lune

5:43pm Monday 24th June 2013

Here’s a walk that takes in a stretch of riverside. It has attracted great artists and is a treat in the summer months

Walk: Roach Bridge and the Darwen

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Roach Bridge and the Darwen

5:56pm Monday 17th June 2013

I have walked the banks of the Darwen since the 1960s and seen fantastic improvements over the years.

Walk: Williamson Park, Lancaster

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Williamson Park

6:14pm Monday 10th June 2013

This week I took advantage of the fact that we are approaching the longest day and so I could have a really long day out. I was looking for an historic town trail and a short walk. Williamson Park was ideal for my short stroll and I was lucky with the weather.

Walk: Around Askrigg

6:11pm Monday 3rd June 2013

Despite the fact that the TV series All Creatures Great and Small is very much in the past, its memory still haunts this village.

Walk: Foulridge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Foulridge route

5:33pm Monday 27th May 2013

This short stroll around Foulridge is one of my favourites.

Walk: Carperby and Aysgarth Falls

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: Carperby and Aysgarth Falls

6:00pm Monday 20th May 2013

Did I make the mistake in this column a couple of weeks ago by saying that “spring had sprung”? I was wrong!

Walk: Around Garstang

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The market cross dates from 1765

5:32pm Monday 29th April 2013

THIS year has so far followed the pattern of 2012 — walking in the wind and rain has been a constant battle.

Walk: A return to Roddlesworth

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Return to Roddlesworth

4:42pm Monday 22nd April 2013

AT last, a warm spring day, so I decided to enjoy one of my favourite strolls and a burst of song.

Walk: A Return to Ruddlesworth

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Walk: 	A Return to Ruddlesworth

3:52pm Friday 19th April 2013

How to get there: About five miles south of junction three of the M65 on the A675 towards Bolton, turn towards Tockholes. It is also well signed off the  A666. There is plenty of parking between the Royal Arms and Information Centre. Distance: Two miles

Walk: St Ives and Druid's Altar

Preston and Leyland Citizen: St Ives and Druid's Altar

10:18am Monday 15th April 2013

Before you think I have gone mad and suggested a week in Cornwall, let me point out that this walk is around Bingley and is less than one hour’s drive from East Lancashire.

Lancashire's ‘ex-offenders can help businesses’

9:00pm Tuesday 12th March 2013

BUSINESSES can benefit from taking on ex-offenders, said experts at a conference.

Walk: Around Slaidburn

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Around Slaidburn

5:44pm Monday 11th March 2013

On a freezingly cold morning I was “persuaded” by my dog to get out of bed and get strolling.

Walk: Morecambe and Heysham

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Morecambe and Heysham

4:21pm Monday 4th March 2013

With the rapid increase in the price of fuel and the lengthening of the days in 2013 it makes sense to make maximum use of time.






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