Waterfoot - Bacup - Waterfoot

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From the start point the route follows several roads slightly uphill to reach a footpath near a college. The route continues across the hillside through woodland sections, a variety of short road sections, footpaths across fields to reach the highest point. This section involves a total climb of approx eighty-six metres over approx 3.5 kilometres.

From the highest point the route drops down to the river using passages between houses and a road. This involves a drop of fifty one metres crossing three roads. The last one is the main road between Bacup and Rawtenstall via Waterfoot. After crossing the river there is a climb up to a local viewpoint before the final drop back to the river.

The final section follows a cycle route alongside both banks of the river and through two disused railway tunnels to reach the start point. You cross a number of streams mainly via footbridges which are all tributaries of the river. The walk is a mixture of environments. Street names added for clarity.

England - North England - Lancashire - River Walk


Birds, Cafe, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
10/17/2023 - Jeffrey Heys

Goes east along the north side of the Irwell Valley then west along the southern side with expansive views. Lovely! But with 45 turn-by-turn instructions to follow you need to be on your toes. Some little-used paths were overgrown but visible. At Waypoint 17 we couldn't see Prospect Terrace and therefore walked on and missed the turning! Choose a clear day.

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