A Chorley Circular

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The walk not only goes around Chorley but right through it and may be summarised as about one-third urban, one-third canal and one-third countryside. The riverside section is quite slow going as there are long muddy stretches, but the canal path is entirely tarmac and with the street sections, makes up for this. The stiles and bridges are very good, many of the latter being unmapped as yet, but the signposting could be improved; indeed, a warden whom we spoke to said that it was planned to do just that. Until this happens you will probably need to pay more attention to the walk directions than usual, as help on the ground is not so good in places.

England - North England - Lancashire - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Museum, Nature Trail, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
30/05/2021 - Graham Moss

Walked 29-05-2021. Another decent walk from Jim
Decent length walk though closeness to busy roads and routing through Chorley town center can make it very noisy and unpleasant at times. Footpath at WP 7 has been closed due to erosion of the river bank. A local informed me that it has been closed for around 9 months and no sign of it being repaired yet but it was passable with care. As I could not see a convenient walk-around I took his advice and did manage to get through though I would emphasise there is some risk and I would not recommend others to follow my example. Coming home I have checked the route and found that there is a possible work-round by following the Chorley Ramblers 'Chorley Circular Walk' and rejoining the original route at Yarrow Farm, (http://www.chorleyramblers.co.uk/circular.html).
At Yarrow Farm, being aware of the previous comment, I asked a lady who I saw brushing the farm yard for directions to make sure I kept to the right route through the farm. She was very friendly and helpful and pointed me in the right direction and, as it turned out, was very straight forward with no obstacles.
In Chorley Town Centre it seems that JD Sports may have moved to Market Walk. Turning into St Georges Street at the top you need to turn left then turn right into Chapel Street. Alternatively just turn right into Chapel Street just before you reach St St Georges Street (though the church is nice to look at!)

05/04/2010 - Gary Crossley

03/04/10 - Completed this walk today. Some parts very boggy - to be expected after recent rain. Would be a great walk in summer. Please be aware that at point 14, the route becomes impassable. There is a yellow arrow on a caravan pointing left after the stone barn, but all routes are blocked by fences/barbed wire. If you go straight on to gate at the back of the farm..the field has been used for livestock and is totally impassable (knee high mud!) - we detoured around over nearby railtrack and rejoined at waypioint 17. It seems clear that the landowner doesn't want walkers going through his property!. Other than that, varied and interesting walk! Gary Crossley

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