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Hike On Lancashire Group

We are the Hike on Lancashire Ramblers. We open the way for everyone in our local community to enjoy the pleasures of walking.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking

Overview

Starting from the Woodland Trust Barrow Bridge Car Park (should the car park be full, additional road parking can be found lower down on Barrow Bridge Road, below the bus terminus), we walk up through the pretty village of Barrow Bridge and then climb the 63 steps that the mill workers used to climb daily to work. We then head up to the Walker Fold Car Park for a 10-minute break (there is a toilet and a coffee van here!). 

Next, we take a range of paths to gradually climb towards Winter Hill, joining the service road to the transmitting station and TV mast.  Following past the mast, we head to the trig point.  Here, visibility permitting, We'll enjoy views over north-east to Belmont Reservoir to Darwen Tower, and west towards the coast. 

Retracing our steps, we start making our way downhill, eventually reaching several farmhouses before reaching Colliers Row Road.  We then head towards Barrow Bridge before turning left, weaving our way down to Smithills Hall estate.  Next, we cross over Smithills Dean Road. passing between some houses and through a woodland down to Smithills Croft Road.  Turning right, after a short distance we reach the prominent 246-feet high (originally 306-feet high) Barrow Bridge chimney, which was part of the old Halliwell Bleach works rather than the village's cotton mills.  Here, we turn into Barrow Bridge Road and walk the final half-mile back to the car park.

Sunday, 24 March 2024
Start time:
10:30 am
Estimated finish time:
3:45 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
16.1km / 10.0mi
Ascent:
350m / 1148ft
Type:
circular

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)
  • Toilets available
  • Car parking available
  • Dog friendly

Starting point

Grid reference:
SD 68744 11774
Nearest postcode:
BL1 7NH
what3words:
richer.fight.mime
Start time:
10:30 am

Woodland Trust Barrow Bridge Car Park

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking