The first of our routes has been tried, tested, and is ready to walk!
The new circular walk follows a route around Burnley that flows through the town and out to the countryside.
The 7.7-mile walk starts in the heart of Burnley on Centenary Way and takes in the ‘Straight Mile’ above the Calder Valley, before heading to Towneley Park where the walk follows the River Calder. Here there is a slight optional detour to view the Bluebell Wood fish passage that was funded alongside the walk. After a short climb through Bluebell Wood the route crosses through the villages of Hurstwood and Worsthorne before passing over Swinden Water and heading back to Burnley.
The walk not only follows a route through the contrasting areas in and around Burney, the guide we’ve created points out interesting features from Burnley’s industrial past as well as some of the restoration work we’ve carried out in the town.
Our Burnley route is the first of fifteen circular ‘river way’ walks that have been planned as part of the Ribble Life Together project. Each route will differ in location and length and each walk will take in a variety of river and freshwater features as well as local heritage features that relate to rivers such as mills, bridges, and other places of cultural and social significance.
All the walks will be accompanied by a walk guide with comprehensive instructions and interesting information about the area. Interpretation boards will also be placed along the routes and guided walks will be organised for a range of community groups such as schools, youth groups, and local walking groups.
Our overall aim is to increase access to, and understanding of rivers, to enable and encourage new groups to start using their rivers for recreation and walking, and to increase peoples’ knowledge of their local heritage and the way rivers fit in to this.
This project, and the nearby Bluebell Wood fish passage was supported by the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. In the development of this walk Ribble Rivers Trust have already been able to work with Key Stage 2 pupils from Worsthorne, St Peter’s, Springfield and St Stephen’s Primary Schools as well as members from Burnley and District U3A and participants in the Burnley National Citizen Service. This shows that every generation values their local environment and can work together to improve and protect their local river.