Our Favourite Winter Walks in Lancashire

The colder, frosty days really show off the allure of the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Many people are attracted to relocate to the area to get closer to our rural spaces. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of our teams’ favourite winter walks across our Lancashire Network.


Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill walk in Lancashire

Pendle Hill, steeped in history and an unmistakable sight dominating the Lancashire skyline, has become synonymous with our local area. A short journey from Clitheroe, we’d recommend starting the ascent from the quaint village of Barley where you’ll find ample parking.

To really enjoy the route, we recommend you head out of Barley, via the street which runs alongside the village hall. As you follow this street you’ll gain access to a track which follows Ogden Clough, snaking along the two reservoirs towards the summit. Along this route you’ll find some fabulous winter views as you near towards the moorland section of the walk.

From here you can follow the trail up to the top of Pendle Hill as you walk along the unmistakably flat top towards the trig point. At this point you’ll find some of the best views Lancashire has to offer, so make sure you wrap up warm to help brave the chill long enough to take in the views.

The Tolkien Trail

Tolkein Trail walk in Lancashire

You may be wondering what the world-famous J.R.R. Tolkien has to do with the Ribble Valley. Tolkien’s son studied at Hurst Green’s Stonyhurst College in the 1940’s, at this time Tolkien was working on his famous sequel to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings.

Whilst writing this tale of Middle Earth which has since achieved cult stardom, Tolkien would spend his days strolling along the River Ribble while seeking inspiration for the next pages of his book.

Today you can walk the same paths that Tolkien walked 80 years previously. The trail takes you along riverside and woodland paths, making it perfect for those crisp winter days.

Wycoller Country Park

Family walking in Lancashire

Wycoller is a small scenic village, just outside of the Lancashire town of Colne. Here you’ll find the ruins of the historic, 16th century Wycoller Hall, which is believed to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor – the setting of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel.

Along the walk from the top car park, you’ll find stunning views across the Pendle Valley with sculptures along route. Once you make your way down into Wycoller Village, there’s a café and museum to break up your walk.

Stocks Reservoir

Stocks reservoir walk

Located near the village of Slaidburn, this expansive reservoir is surrounded by picturesque woodlands and offers a tranquil setting for a winter stroll. The circular walking trail around the reservoir provides beautiful views of the water and the surrounding countryside. Keep an eye out for birdlife around the reservoir, as it's a popular spot for birdwatching.

The route takes you through peaceful woodlands along well-maintained, walking paths making it suitable for various fitness levels. Whether you're an avid hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll, Stocks Reservoir offers a peaceful escape in the winter months.

As you explore these winter walks in Lancashire, be sure to check local weather conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience. Wherever you choose to walk this winter, Lancashire has plenty to offer for those looking to explore some beautiful countryside.

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