The north of England is the best place to experience quintessential Britain – rolling green hills, limestone cliffs, and roving herds of sheep. Lancashire in particular is a treasure trove of natural beauty, from The Lake District to the coast of Arnside. Here are six great walking routes to get any eager rambler started.
If you want an easy walk which blends wildlife and culture, this is for you. Unlike much of the rest of the county, the area surrounding the Black Moss Reservoir is very flat. The walk starts in Barley, 25 miles north of Manchester. You won’t wear yourself out and you’ll see plenty of amazing birds and plant life along the way. It also takes you through the Pendle Sculpture Trail.
One of the biggest benefits of Lancashire is that it features both mountains and coastline. The seaside village of Arnside on the north shores of Morecambe Bay is well worth a visit even without any hiking involved. But for those willing, the Arnside Knott Circular walk takes you up to the lip of the valley with the countryside spooling out on one side and the Irish Sea on the other.
If you’re after something tranquil with winding forest trails and very little physical exertion, Fairy Glen is for you. Starting from the village of Parbold, approximately 20 miles north of Liverpool, you take a mile-long route into the glen, where you’ll find streams, waterfalls, cliff faces and plenty of wildlife.