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The Best Walks for a Day Out in Lancashire

One of the best things about Lancashire is that you are totally spoilt for choice when it comes to open green spaces, rolling hills, parks and forests. When you’re looking for a day out in Lancashire that doesn’t involve spending too much money, why not get back in touch with nature with a lovely walk or hike?

All year round, these lovely spots in and around Preston are fantastic for a refreshing walk, whatever the weather. Pack yourself a picnic or packed lunch, get your walking boots on and discover the best that Lancashire’s natural gems have to offer.

Avenham Park


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This is a lovely refuge from the hustle and bustle of the urban areas of Preston. Avenham Park is a fine example of a Grade II listed Victorian parkland in the North West of England. There are lovely green spaces, trees and foliage all set on the banks of the River Ribble. This central location is great if you’re not wanting to stray far from the city centre, with six main entrance points all accessible by car, foot, bike or even public transport.

Hurst Grange Park


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Set yourself off on a journey rambling down the Hurst Grange Park walking trail. This is one of South Ribble’s three major parks and is the former estate of Hurst Grange Mansion. To the north of the park, there is traditional parkland with beautiful rolling hills, woodlands and specimen trees which were planted in the 19th century.

To the south, there are younger woodlands, stunning wildflower meadows and five lovely pond areas. See if you can spot the rare wildflowers and rare wildlife as you stroll through!

Cuerden Valley Park


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This beautiful park is on the border of South Ribble and Chorley. Following the path of the River Lostock, the park spans from Bamber Bridge down to Whittle-le-Woods. It’s got everything you could want from a nature-trail, including woodland, meadows, farmland, ponds, gardens and even a lake. Cuerden Lake is manmade but looks as if it has been there since time began. There are up to ten miles of footpaths for you to explore!

The northern portion of the site was originally the estate of Cuerden Hall, a mansion built in the 18th century, of which the Walled Garden, American Garden and Pinetum have been restored.

The Lancashire Cheese Walk

A little north of Preston is a small area of fields laid out over 400 years ago. What’s so special about that? Well, crops grew in these fields until the 19th century – a time when dairy farming took over to meet the high demand for milk from Lancashire’s ever-growing industrial towns at this time. It’s an integral part of Lancashire’s heritage.

The trail through these ‘Lancashire milk fields’ takes you on a journey through the traditions of the famous Lancashire cheesemakers. It’s a nice, steady walk starting at The Green Man in Inglewhite Village and round the fields until you come back again. Make sure to pack your crackers!

Beacon Fell Country Park

Now, this is one of our favourites for a day out in the Lancs. Situated in the southwestern corner of the Forest of Bowland, this amazing walking spot is eight miles outside of Preston. Trust us though, it’s worth heading out for.

Beacon Fell covers 75 hectares and has absolutely fantastic vistas of the Lancashire countryside thanks to the summit standing at 266 metres above sea level. There are loads of lush green woodland, coniferous foliage and several marked walking trails to choose from when embarking on your trek.

Brockholes Nature Reserve


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Stuck for time? You can get a brisk walk done round this lovely nature reserve in one hour. This spot is home to rare bird species, set amongst both wetland and woodland. This is Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserve, and it’s not hard to see why.

Once a quarry, this beautiful green space has been transformed into an idyllic port of call for birds, insects, mammals, plants and amphibians. We suggest bringing some binoculars, so you can spot some creatures along your way.

Roddlesworth Woods

This walk combines woody areas with the western parts of Darwen Moor. There are even ruins of an ancient manor house set amongst the old township of Tockholes which was rebuilt in the 1770’s!

You can follow the track, explore the ruins, and then carry on towards the moor. Beautiful trees, brooks and stony paths make up this lovely walk – perfect for if you’re looking to revive the senses and get back to nature.

The Shankly Hotel Preston

If you’re a nature lover or just wanting to explore more of Preston than just the urban city areas, then why not plan a long weekend full of fresh air, open green spaces and finally a comfy hotel room in which you can rest your weary feet?

The Best Walks for a Day Out in Lancashire

The Shankly is situated in a perfect position for you to travel out of the city towards the awe-inspiring landscape that is the Lancashire countryside. You can keep up with the latest news surrounding the development over on our Facebook page.

In the meantime, you can reach us by completing our online contact form – remember to dig out those walking boots!

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