Abbey Village - Sunnyhurst - Ryal Fold - Reservoirs

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Abbey Village - Sunnyhurst - Tower - Ryal Fold - Reservoirs

The Hare and Hounds is a friendly village pub with real ale and pub grub, a good place to start and finish a walk. The beginning and end of the walk are along Water Authority tracks mainly through mature deciduous woodland (sycamore, oak, beech and ash) where there is a good variety of birdlife to be heard and seen if you are still and quiet. Above the woodland the walk goes across fields and on bridleways through pastureland.

There is quite a pull for the last kilometre up to Jubilee Tower, which stands at the end of a moorland ridge. There are extensive views. If the weather is reasonable you can see to North Wales, the Lancashire coast, the Lake District (Black Coombe is very prominent, as are the central mountains to a lesser extent), Bowland Fells, Ingleborough and Pendle. The towns of Blackburn and Preston are easily visible, as are various villages. The tower has an observation platform.

England - North England - Lancashire - Pennines

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
19/02/2016 - Penny Pitty

I led a group on behalf of Clitheroe Ramblers on this walk on Sunday, 14 February. We were fortunate in having a dry, sunny day. The fact that it is mostly tracks and hard surfaces made it ideal in the middle of such wet weather and everyone was pleased with the route. I did warn the group that we would meet cyclists as much of it was on bridleways! I did not quite follow the route as described at WM3 as it appeared to use a track which is not a right of way, and I took the path angled to the right instead, which led to the road slightly further down. At WM22 the wooden bridge now appears to have been rebuilt and is fine. My dog and another one with us both enjoyed the walk and it is a good route for dogs overall.

18/06/2014 - Norman Brannick

Completed this walk on the 16th June 2014. It was a glorious sunny day which served well with views from the top of Jubilee Tower. I encountered no problems during the walk and really enjoyed it. I would recommend this walk, the directions were clear and footpaths well defined. Hollinshead Hall must have been beautiful in it's day. A++++ Thank you Walking World for yet another great day!!

04/02/2013 - Timothy Parkinson

Completed this walk 03/02/13, the time stated to complete the walk was spot on. Due to the weather not much could be seen from jubilee tower but still enjoyed the walk up there. I feel that the waypoints 1 and 2 could be a bit clearer as the walk to reservoir is further then you think and also waypoint 2 stating the fork to go left should state to go uphill left. The issues previously mentioned by Ian F are still there, with the stiles missing, definitely no fingerpost at waypoint 20 and the bridge is still like a chocolate teapot, no use to anybody!!!

30/03/2009 - Philip Amatt

I've done this walk twice in the last month. What a delightful surprise. The paths are good, and the views from Jubilee Tower are outstanding. It wasn't the clearest of days on one of my trips, but landmarks like Blackpool Tower, Heysham Power Station, Ingleborough, Penyghent and Pendle were clearly seen. We could just make out Snaefell which lies roughly in the same direction as Blackpool Tower. We saw wild deer near the reservoirs about two miles from the end of the walk. Sat Nav users may lose the signal from point 17 onwards. But don't despair.

13/06/2005 - Ian Fairnie

Excellent walk with good mix of open country and woodland. Did the walk on 11/06/05. There are a few updates worth noting.

1.There are not now two stiles at waypoint 10 - just a gap in the fence then the second stile 10 mtrs further on.
2. Note the word 'immediately' at Waypoint 16.
3. Didn't spot the finger post at waypoint 20 - but it may be there - just didn't spot it!
4. The wooden bridge at waypoint 22 is now defunct but the photograph makes it obvious where you should go.

All in all a very enjoyable walk. IanF 13/06/05

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