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|Haighton Manor and Fulwood Park Wood|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 01 Sep 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from Haighton Manor near Preston in Lancashire. Haighton Manor is a real gem, ideal for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores the area to the south taking in the bluebell woodland, Fulwood Park Wood, meadows, pastures and quiet lanes that surround the pretty stream, Savick Brook and the historic Haighton House. These paths are not busy thoroughfares and so, if you are lucky, you may well come across deer, hares or kestrels in the meadows on the way round. |
The walk has just a few gentle slopes, but nothing too steep. The paths are a mixture of quiet tarmac lanes, unmade woodland paths and grass paths across meadows and pastures, meaning some stretches can get muddy at times. The first and last stretch follows the edge of Haighton Green Lane so take care of traffic at this point. There was no livestock when we walked, but you might come across cattle in some of the fields. You will need to cross 14 stiles, most of which are enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over. (Two of the enclosed stiles are in a stile-sleeper bridge-stile combination which will make it tricky to carry larger dogs over). Allow 2 hours.
The hamlet of Haighton Green lies about 3 miles northeast of Preston. Haighton Manor is accessed from Haighton Green Lane, just to the east of the hamlet itself. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code PR2 5SQ.
|Start to Access Lane|
Start point: 53.8087 lat, -2.658 long
Leave the Haighton Manor car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the road (traffic can be fast moving on this stretch so take good care). Just before you reach the buildings of the hamlet of Haighton Green you will be able to join the left-hand grass verge. Cross over the first three driveways and then turn left into the fourth driveway (for Beesley Farm), signed as a public footpath. Cross the stile alongside the electric vehicle gate and continue ahead along the tarmac drive.
|Access Lane to Footbridge|
Start point: 53.8029 lat, -2.6604 long
Turn left along this quiet access lane and follow it as it leads you between trees and fields. As you approach two pairs of vehicle gates ahead (an interesting contrast between old and new!), turn right immediately before these to join the fenced grass path which leads you around the right-hand edge of this property.
|Footbridge to Fulwood Row|
Start point: 53.7975 lat, -2.6631 long
Bear right to cross this footbridge over Savick Brook and then bear right again on the stone path which leads you past another entrance for Haighton House. Bear left to join the access drive for Haighton House, lined with white metal railings. Follow this pretty drive winding ahead between beautiful mature trees with the brook running down to your left.
|Fulwood Row to Cow Hill Kennels|
Start point: 53.7934 lat, -2.665 long
Turn left along this lane and follow it as it swings right. Now continue straight ahead along the tarmac lane, passing Clock House Farm on your left, including a beautiful converted brick barn and the large square brick farmhouse itself. When the buildings end, do not follow the track which swings right into a field, instead bear left along the grass track for about 20 paces and then cross the stile on your right to enter this field.
|Cow Hill Kennels to End|
Start point: 53.7992 lat, -2.6578 long
From this point you will be retracing your steps back to Haighton Manor. Walk straight ahead to join the grass path which swings right along the kennel’s boundary fence. When the fence on your right ends, stay with the stone path which bears left leading you uphill through the tunnel of trees. At the top of the slope, follow the path left, right and right again around the edge of the property.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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