Worsthorne - Extwistle Moor – Thursden Valley Circular

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This walk begins in the church square of the small village of Worsthorne and then heads east through Pennine foothills and wild moorland along a bridleway so new it is not yet on any OS Map! The bridleway meanders over Extwistle Moor in a generally northerly direction, climbs over Ben Edge, descends to Swinden Water, climbs again to the top of the moor and zigzags down past Rieve Edge into the Thursden Valley.

A short road stretch follows as the descent continues to where the Thursden Brook is forded. A little further along, the walk takes you along the same brook, over a sturdy footbridge and another climb through the woods of New Plantation, then contours the hillside through Park Wood. The rest of the walk is along good tracks, another short road section and a descent through meadows to Netherwood. A tree-lined walk follows to Rowley Hall, which is then bypassed by a grassy lane and over fields, eventually to emerge on the road a few hundred yards from the start.

This walk is best undertaken in fine weather but certainly not after heavy rain, as the water meadows along the Thursden Brook tend to flood easily. Other than that, it is a moderate walk with mostly good conditions underfoot. The new bridleway seems, as yet, undiscovered and a real sense of loneliness can be experienced when crossing the moor.

England - North England - Lancashire - Pennines


Birds, Butterflies, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland

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