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Slaidburn and Newton

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Slaidburn and Newton
Author: Lancashire Walks, Published: 17 Nov 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walkstar1 Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walkstar1 Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walkstar1 Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walkstar1 Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walk
Lancashire, Forest of Bowland
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Slaidburn and Newton
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walk boot Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walk boot Slaidburn and Newton, Lancashire Walk
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A 5.5 mile circular walk from the village of Slaidburn in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. Slaidburn sits exactly halfway along the 51-mile Lancashire Witches Walk, created to commemorate the trials of the Pendle Witches in 1612, following the route that the witches were most likely taken to be sentenced and hanged at Lancaster Castle. The walk follows a short stretch of this trail, before circling back through rolling pastures and returning alongside the River Hodder.

The walk includes a steady ascent at the start and follows a mixture of village pavements, woodland paths, field paths and farm tracks. You will need to negotiate many gates and stiles (including fence stiles, stone wall stiles and one ladder stile). You will be sharing most of the fields with livestock, both cattle and sheep. Allow 3 hours.

Slaidburn is located within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the B6478. The walk starts and finishes at the long stay village car park, at the eastern edge of the village. This car park is pay-and-display and is on the north side of the main village road (do not use the village hall car park which is on the south side). Approximate post code BB7 3ES.

Walk Sections

Start to Hark to Bounty
Start to Hark to Bounty

Start point: 53.9663 lat, -2.4379 long
End point: 53.9669 lat, -2.4415 long

Leave the car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right along the road heading into the village. In the village centre you will pass the war memorial on your right. Keep ahead and then, where the main road bends left, go ahead into Town End. You will pass the Hark to Bounty pub on your right. This ancient inn, dating back to the 13th century, was once called the Dog. The name change came about when the squire and local hunt called in, leaving the hounds (and horses too presumably) outside. They caused a bit of a ruckus, howling and barking, but above the noise the squire's dog, Bounty, could be heard most clearly causing the Squire to observe, Hark to Bounty. Upstairs, the inn houses the old courtroom that was in use until the 1930s.

Hark to Bounty to Plank Bridge
Hark to Bounty to Plank Bridge

Start point: 53.9669 lat, -2.4415 long
End point: 53.9726 lat, -2.4529 long

Keep ahead along Town End and, as you leave the village, take a footpath on your right. This leads you into attractive woodland, with Croasdale Brook to your right. After leaving the woodland the path begins to climb Tenter Hill (with the boundary initially on your left) then passing through a wooden kissing gate and following the hedge on your right to another kissing gate. Use this to enter the next more open field, follow the right-hand boundary and then cross a plank bridge over a stream.

Plank Bridge to Myttons
Plank Bridge to Myttons

Start point: 53.9726 lat, -2.4529 long
End point: 53.9767 lat, -2.4554 long

Bear right to cross this field diagonally and then bear left to follow a wall on your right. Climb to the wall corner, then bear right to follow the green lane to the farmstead of Myttons.

Myttons to Wood House Lane
Myttons to Wood House Lane

Start point: 53.9767 lat, -2.4554 long
End point: 53.9712 lat, -2.4612 long

As you reach the farm yard, turn left. Follow the farm drive to leave the complex, and in less than 100yds, turn left again over a stile next to a wooden gate. Cross a short stretch of field to reach a wall and, after crossing a stone stile, follow the wall on your right. The path now crosses three fields (staying close to the right-hand boundary of the first two fields and then bearing a little left in the third). You will emerge onto Wood House Lane via a stile.

Wood House Lane to Pain Hill Farm
Wood House Lane to Pain Hill Farm

Start point: 53.9712 lat, -2.4612 long
End point: 53.9652 lat, -2.4635 long

Cross over the road and take the farm drive of Parrock Head ahead, using the side gate (the main gate is electronically controlled). When you reach the main complex, bear right to follow a track to the main yard. On the far side of the yard, cross a stile next to another electronically controlled gate and descend a pasture to cross a stile in a fence, a stile in a wall and a plank bridge over Eller Beck in quick succession. Head up the hill aiming for Pain Hill Farm, the large farm buildings at the top.

Pain Hill Farm to Crawshaw
Pain Hill Farm to Crawshaw

Start point: 53.9652 lat, -2.4635 long
End point: 53.9587 lat, -2.4682 long

Cross a stile in a wall close to the right-hand edge of the buildings, cross the track and follow a helpful direction sign on the end of a barn, guiding you along the right-hand side of the barn. Now out into pastureland once more, follow the wall on the left and keep ahead on a track through the next gate into a broad field. Keep on the tractor track until it peters out and then, bearing left, follow a wall on your left up a rise to arrive at the farm complex at Crawshaw.

Crawshaw to Newton
Crawshaw to Newton

Start point: 53.9587 lat, -2.4682 long
End point: 53.9498 lat, -2.463 long

Cross a wooden ladder stile on the left into a paddock, aiming for the far corner to exit into fields behind the farm. Now on the descent into Newton, cross a fenced track via a pair of stiles and continue ahead to a wall. Once over this wall, bear left for a field corner and a wooden stile. Keep ahead to the next gate and then keep heading downhill towards a barn. After crossing a stile next to the barn, continue downhill until you arrive in the lovely village of Newton.

Newton to Riverside Path
Newton to Riverside Path

Start point: 53.9498 lat, -2.463 long
End point: 53.9478 lat, -2.461 long

As you emerge to the village road, turn right and immediately left to follow the B6478 signed to Clitheroe. Pass the Parkers Arms on your right and follow the lane as it descends to the River Hodder.

Riverside Path to End
Riverside Path to End

Start point: 53.9478 lat, -2.461 long
End point: 53.9665 lat, -2.4377 long

Just before the river bridge, cross over a wall on the left to access the riverside path. Follow this path ahead, with a field boundary on the right for two fields, and then crossing the boundary to continue with the boundary on your left. Stay alongside this left-hand boundary as the field narrows to pass between the river on your right and a woodland on your left. As you reach a farm track ahead, do NOT turn left along it, instead take the path that runs with the river directly on your right. As you approach a waterworks ahead, you will need to divert away from the river to pass behind the works, before rejoining the riverside. Now simply stay along the riverside path and this will take you directly back to Slaidburn and the car park where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Slaidburn and Newton"

Really nice walk.

By christinehou on 18 Nov 2018

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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