Walks

Whether you go for a wander or follow a dedicated route, you can enjoy many memorable days out walking around Chorley. From hill walking to leisurely rambles and family walks, we encourage you to see Chorley from a different perspective, take in the rich wildlife, historical features and good pubs along the way. Below are some of the more popular walking routes.

The Chorley Circular

The Chorley Circular walk covers the diverse and beautiful countryside around Chorley, starting at including the scenic Yarrow Valley County Park. From there follow the waymarks to Duxbury Wood, Astley Park and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Approximately 9 miles.

Botany Bay Circular

Starting from the unique Botany Bay Villages, this walk includes the picturesque White Coppice hamlet and the magnificent Johnson’s Hillock locks, where the Leeds and Liverpool Canal starts to climb the Pennines. Approximately 11 miles.

Brindle to Withnell Fold Nature Reserve

Taking in the historic villages of Withnell and Brindle, this short walk also passes through Withnell Fold nature reserve. Approximately 4 miles.

Whittle-le-Woods and the Walton Summit Branch

Passing many fascinating historic and natural features en-route, this pleasant walk traces the path of the Walton Summit branch, linking the Leeds and Liverpool and Lancaster canals. Approximately 6 miles.

Rufford and Mawdesley

Enjoy the rolling countryside of the Lancashire plain sandwiched between two picture postcard villages.

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Rivington

Not forgetting the ‘hike to the Pike’, Rivington is a place where you can walk or cycle along the hillside footpaths and take in the spectacular views of Chorley from the Pigeon Tower and Rivington Pike. For the more energetic you can keep walking across open moorland to Winter Hill and the base of the television mast and transmitter, which dominates the skyline to the east of Chorley.

Festival of Walks

For those who would prefer to meet up and walk with other people, Chorley has lots of health and guided walks taking place every week. For more information on these, check out the What’s Happening magazine.

In 2016, local group, Chorley Ramblers, is holding a festival of walks between 4 and 12 June, which will take you far and wide. There are plenty of walks on offer from moderate to leisurely to the more strenuous and even a dedicated walk for children. For more information, visit chorleyramblers.co.uk