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East Lancashire walks step up online
NO fewer than eight popular walking routes in East Lancashire have been recommended in a new online guide by the Ramblers’ Association.
Well-known treks, such as a hike around Pendle Hill, a meander through the Irwell Valley, and the Sabden Circular, are detailed in the new ‘Ramblers Routes’ collection.
But, unusually, there are also several town trails around urban Accrington, offering different perspectives on the town.
The expeditions range from a 1.1km wander, setting off from the Acorn Health Centre, around the old western side of Accrington, to more chall-enging courses, along Hyndburn Greenway.
Keen walkers can also saunter along the Accrington Town Trail, taking in Black Abbey, the library, St James’ Church, and The Arcade.
Benedict Southworth, Ramblers’ chief executive, said the online library has been a ‘long-held ambition’ of the group.
He added: “These routes offer the opportunity to walk along inspiring, and inter-esting, trails of various leng-ths across Britain, whenever you please.
“It is also an opportunity to share the unrivalled expertise of Ramblers members when it comes to walking.
“We hope these magnificent routes, which have our expert seal of approval, will inspire you to take the reins and make a healthy, active start to your year.”
Each of the routes has been developed by volunteers and has an online routecard, with step-by-step instructions, designed for a range of abilities.
Other walks featured, in the East Lancashire area, include Stoodley Pike, near Todmorden, and another Accrington town centre trek, taking in Platts Lodge.
The eight different East Lancashire walks featured in the Ramblers Routes online collection include:
- Hyndburn Greenway
- Stoodley Pike, Todmorden
- Accrington Historic Town Trail
- Irwell Valley, Ramsbottom
- Platts Lodge, Accrington
- Acorn Centre trek, Accrington
- Sabden Circular
- Pendle Hill