Foulridge Tunnel and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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This walk takes you along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, starting at a flight of seven locks at Barrowford, along a disused railway to Foulridge Wharf with refreshments, boat rides and picnic area, then a climb up to Gisburn Old Road and on to Lister Well Road with views of Blacko Tower, Lothersdale and the Three Peaks on offer. You then drop into a lovely valley on the Pendle Way and follow it back to the Pendle Heritage Centre, more refreshments, then a short stroll back to the start.

England - North England - Lancashire - Canal Walk


Birds, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Moor, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
17/06/2019 - Graham Moss

Walked 15/06/19. Excellent walk and no problems with mud despite the amount of rain that has fell during the last week(and during the afternoon I walked it) . No sign of Fanny Gray Public House at WP24. This seems to have been converted into a private house.

07/04/2014 - Barry Smith

Thanks Jeff! How did you and the others in your group enjoy the walk? Not easy being a leader, I hope they appreciate the trouble you go to!

31/03/2014 - Jeff Maud

Have reconnoitred this walk a few weeks ago and found the extra waypoints very useful. I am leading a group tomorrow so hopefully it will be a bit dryer by the streams. Overall I found it an interesting walk with a bit of everything.

18/01/2014 - mark archer

Hi Barry. I've rechecked the GR for the car park - the 6 figure reference -and I'm sure it's 869327. The 12 figure reference for GPS is probably correct.

12/01/2014 - Barry Smith

Thanks Mark! I didn't set out to break the waypoint record! The walk does have a lot of turns and twists though, and I believe in having a few to many WPs than not enough. With regards to the mudfest remark, I cannot remember doing a dry (underfoot) walk in the last few weeks myself even though we haven't ventured out of valleys into the hills! Last time I passed by WP 24, the dogs were locked up, so maybe the owners have realised what a nuisance they can be! I think the GR for the car park is pretty much spot on, depends where you stand in the car park, especially with a 12 digit readout.

09/01/2014 - mark archer

Well I've done quite a few walks with walkingworld but this one seems to have broken all records for the number of waypoints! Point to note: the car park grid reference is wrong - should be 869327 not 397. Super walk all the way along the canal, past Foulridge until... WP24 where there is a mention of dogs. I've had a few run-ins with dogs lately and I could hear them barking from the road, so I'm afraid I bottled it and went along the road past Whitemoor Reservoir to rejoin the walk at WP30. Thereafter, along Admergill it was a veritable mudfest and quite unpleasant, however it has been a period of foul and prolonged rain now for a while. Overall, worth doing!

15/02/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Our thanks to Barry Smith for his full update and reroute for this walk. February 2012. Adrian (Admin)

04/02/2012 - Barry Smith

With ref to WP36, the path has now been diverted and the text and pictures revised. Thanks to Roger and Adrian.

05/08/2011 - Barry Smith

Thanks Roger for the heads up! I will re-walk this route in the very near future and plan an alternative, hopefully a better one than at present.

29/07/2011 - Roger Marsden

Additional major change at point 36 - the photograph shows a wooden gatepost with a clear sign showing direction of footpath. This has now been removed as the owners of the big house have built a new stone gatepost and fancy cobbled entrance - no sign of the 'sign' and it makes it look like you would be trespassing to enter - but we checked with occupiers and you do still go through their new fancy gate

29/07/2011 - Roger Marsden

Pathway between way points 5 and 6 is now totally impassable - apart from deep bog, (even in Summer dry weather) there are now multiple fallen trees totally blocking the way. Suggest you take small detour on minor road running parallel to path (about 50 metres to the East)then re-join the route at 6

14/05/2011 - Barry Smith

Thanks Barbara & Jeff! (and Millie!) Pleased you enjoyed the walk. I have re-walked this several times, and the bridge numbers never went away! Not sure about the dead tree though, maybe the farmer missed it and put it back! Barry.

14/05/2011 - Barbara Howcroft

A good walk this one, very enjoyable. We did this walk today the 14th of May 2011. All the bridges are now numbered and the tea rooms were just opening at 9.00 am and the dead tree has now re-appeared!! Other than that very good, Barbara & Jeff Howcroft & Millie the dog

13/11/2006 - Penny Pitty

The haulage yard (location 6) is now an area of new housing called "The Sidings". Many of the canal bridges no longer have numbers on them, including 149. Additional gate in front of the mill (location 9). No dead tree visible (location 18). Great walk, thanks.

03/02/2005 - gerard leo

The tea rooms that are mentioned have now shut down. There is a nearby pub opposite the junction to the road leading down to the wharf. There is nothing else until you get to the Anchor Inn at Salterforth, Lancs - just before Barnoldswick. Having covered the entire Leeds/Liverpool Canal, I am surprised to see that that is not listed as a long distance walk on your maps.

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