Wilpshire and Langho Reservoirs

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To the north-east of Blackburn there is a parcel of high ground almost entirely surrounded by small towns. There are three reservoirs and many working farms and when you are on this walk it is hard to believe that so much industrialised land is close by. There are good views from most parts of the walk.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Moor, Wildlife
13/06/2015 - Jim Grindle

In view of Steve's remark I have revised the walk, cutting out the now defunct Carr Hall garden centre. The walk is a little shorter but the essential features are still there. Jim Grindle.

25/05/2015 - Steve Moore

This walk needs a new starting point - the Carr Hall Home & Garden Centre is now closed. We parked near to the Lord Nelson pub on York Road, a short and pleasant stroll to waypoint 13. This does reduce the walk by around half a mile.

10/09/2013 - Jim Grindle

There is a fingerpost on the right of the road at 20 and it points up the farm access track; there was no fp sign at 21; there is a battered yellow arrow on a post on the left of the track at 22, although it is not all that obvious; there was no fp sign at 23. And, yes, Mark was on the wrong side of the fence. I made sure that the instructions were quite clear about this as I had to wander around myself to determine the right way because the fence is not mapped.

07/09/2013 - mark archer

New area to walk in for me. I parked up in the garden centre car park. It's massive and there were hundreds of vacant spaces. As I crossed the footbridge at WP1, I was pursued by the garden centre owner who had noticed my arrival and departure with rucksack. I explained the walk to him, but he was mainly concerned that I did not get shut in, because he locks the gate when the garden centre shuts, and a walker had been unable to exit the car park the previous week. I assured him my walk would be over by 3pm and promised to have a coffee in the garden centre when I had completed the walk. It was a bit tricky navigating my way through the initial waypoints up to number 10, however I made it! The elevated walk around Dean Clough reservoir was the highlight along with the footpath towards York Road. The ending was very tricky around Parsonage Farm because there were no footpath signs at all from WP 20-24. Plenty of gates but no signs. Have these been removed? At WP23 I turned right but the fence was on my right, not my left as stated, unless I had gone the wrong side of the fence. It was not clear. Anyway, I got lost but found my bearings again at WP24, more luck than judgement. At the end I bought a cup of coffee in the Carr Hall Garden Centre, which I feel would be a good place to start and finish an extended walk to Longridge Fell and Pendle Hill. I'll look into this!

16/11/2012 - Alec Jackson

Quite a number of stiles where dogs have to be lifted over. Good walk otherwise, plenty of room to run. Quite boggy in places and around stiles.

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