It’s Easter weekend and many of us will be making the most of the spring weather by escaping into nature.

If you are hoping to walk off the Easter eggs, or just get the kids out of the house, we have compiled a list of five walking routes in East Lancashire.

Best of all these routes end with a pub meaning you can enjoy a cold pint after your trek.


1. Holmes Mill walk, Lower Standen


Holmes Mill is home to a brewery, beer hall, hotel, restaurants and more – and there is a walking route which encapsulates the venue.

Start at the Bowland food hall and turn left out of the doors.

On this route you will pass Clitheroe Castle, Mitton Avenue and Waddow Hall.

Head down Woone Lane, back in the direction of the castle, until you reach Holmes Mill.


2. The Aspinall Arms walk, Mitton

This circular walking route starts and ends at The Aspinall Arms, a 19th century coaching inn that is often visited by walkers, cyclists and anglers.

The walking route starts at the  pub car park. At the vehicle entranc left and  then left again until you reach a wooden kissing gate. Set off on the signed footpath, the Ribble Way.

From here you will pass fields, moorland and walk alongside the River Ribble.

When you reach Shuttleworth Farm turn back on yourself, past Laneside Farm and Little Mitton Farm.


3. The Clog and Billycock, Pleasington

Fancy a drink at The Clog and Billycock? Then this circular walking route could be perfect.

The 150-year-old pub is known for its open fire, flagged stone floors and cask ales.  

The walking route performs a simple loop around the surrounding countryside, with rolling fields, woodland and one of Lancashire's best viewpoints.

It is described as a ‘moderate’ walk as there are there are two steep climbs at Arley Brook and Alum Scar as you ascend to the Wainwright Memorial.

Start the walk at The Clog and Billycock and head in the direction of Westholme School, passing Further Lane and Maiden House Farm Drive.


4. Waddington Arms walk, Waddington

The Waddington Arms is described as “the perfect place to eat and drink” and is known for its cask ales.

This walking route allows to explore the surrounding countryside while also getting to enjoy all the pub has to offer.

From the Waddington Arms, head over the bridge, past the church and right at pub, then, after 50 yards, right again up driveway, through gate then left over footbridge and over stile.

Travel straight across field in front of Coulthurst Hall, through Mill Lane and farmland until you return to the pub.


5. Sunnyhurst pub, Darwen

Visit Lancashire has created a walking route in Darwen that includes The Sunnyhurst Pub

It starts from Sunnyhurst Wood at Lychgate car park.

From here you will encounter the Earnsdale Reservoir.

Continue along the farm track passing Higher Wenshead Farm on your left going through a farm gate.

You will also follow a path which leads up to Darwen Tower.

Towards the end of the walk you will pass the Sunnyhurst on Tockholes Road – make sure to stop by for a drink before heading home.

Read more about the route on the Visit Lancashire website.