A medieval packhorse bridge, a pretty stream, and a stroll through the village past the abbey ruins.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Walk to the rear of the Spread Eagle car park opposite the pub, and in the far left-hand corner, behind the trees, climb a concealed stile into a field.
Cross the field behind Sawley Abbey, keeping well to the left of the abbey grounds. Go through a gap in a broken wall and cross the next field to a kissing gate into a farm track.
(1) Cross straight over through another gate and follow a tree-lined path alongside a small stream, which it shortly fords. Continue uphill to a kissing gate into a field. Cross the field to another kissing gate (next to a farm gate) which leads out to the A59.
Cross with care and join the farm drive opposite. The drive bends left but the path crosses a stile in the fence and continues straight ahead to a gateway, and then to a stile at the far side of the next field. Climb the stile and walk down the left-hand side of the field with views ahead of Pendle Hill.
In the far corner, climb another stile and cross the next field diagonally, still heading directly towards Pendle. A further stile leads to a steep valley side; bear left then right down to Swanside Bridge, before which is another stile.
(2) Beyond the bridge bear left and climb a stone step-stile in the wall. Climb the bank then turn right across the field to a footbridge over a side-stream. Follow the right-hand field edge uphill, above a wooded bank.
Cross a stile in a fence and continue along the top of the bank. By a tree in the field, turn right over a stile into the wood. Follow a narrow path down through the wood, which may be overgrown, and ford a small side-stream.
(3) Bear left with the main stream on your immediate right. Cross another stile and follow the narrow fenced path with the stream still on your right. Continue through pastureland, keeping between fence (left) and stream (right) wherever possible, erosion permitting.
(4) As you approach the A59, you go through a kissing gate and pass a farm bridge; ignore the underbridge below the main road, instead of going through another kissing gate go on the right and climbing a few steps up to the road.
Cross with care and turn right along the pavement, crossing the stream and passing a farm.
(5) After 550 metres, turn left at the turning for Sawley. Follow the road through the village for half a mile, passing the abbey ruins, to return to the Spread Eagle. (D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 74m - Spread Eagle
1 : km 0.56 - alt. 92m - Swanside Bridge
2 : km 1.55 - alt. 88m - Side-stream
3 : km 2.25 - alt. 83m - Stream
4 : km 2.78 - alt. 71m - A59
5 : km 3.4 - alt. 81m - Abbey ruins
D/A : km 4.17 - alt. 75m - Spread Eagle
Wet grass after rain, several stiles and occasional uneven sections and overgrowth in high summer. A short section follows the pavement alongside the busy A59 road. Livestock likely.
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THE SPREAD EAGLE INN
Lancashire BB7 4NH
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Nestled within the Forest of Bowland on the banks of the River Ribble, we’re a dog-friendly coaching inn with stylish accommodation, an amazing menu and a warm Lancashire welcome.
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17th century if not earlier, and is likely to have been built by the monks of Sawley.
Over the hill to pretty Downham and onwards to the top of the iconic Lancashire landmark.
Three highlights: Swanside packhorse bridge, the idyllic village of Downham, and the ruins of Sawley Abbey.
Explore the Ribble and its tributaries, find three medieval crosses, and visit a pretty village.
The walk starts from St Leonard Church on Downham main Street and follows the clockwise circular route via Worsaw Hill, Chatburn and packhorse bridge.
More detailed route info :
This Lancashire walk starts from the pretty village of Downham and provides a relatively easy ascent of Pendle Hill. In good weather the views are extensive over the Ribble Valley to the Yorkshire Dales and the Southern Lake District, across Burnley to the Southern Pennines and across Clitheroe to the Trough of Bowland. The route is fairly easy to follow although do be careful during the descent as paths shown on maps are not very accurate.
The walk starts from Information Barn Downham and follows the anticlockwise circular route via Worsaw Hill, Worston and Little Mearley Hall.
More detailed route info
This Lancashire route in the Forest of Bowland starts from the attractive village of Barley Green and climbs to the summit of Pendle Hill using the direct route. The descent is easier in mist or poor visibility. With strong associations to the witches of Pendle this walk also provides superb views over parts of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales.
Without the optional ascent of Totridge this is a fairly long but mostly undemanding walk, apart from a moderate climb to the shoulder of Mellor Knoll. The fellside climb to Totridge is steep and the trig point is on high peat moorland (avoid in poor visibility), but the reward for the effort on a clear day is an exceptional view that includes Pendle Hill and the tops of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The stepping stones may become impassable after heavy rain.
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