Burnley ‘s Terrific Walks and Trails


Burnley is home to lots of gorgeous countrysides, and what better way of experiencing it than going on a walk! There are walks for all abilities surrounding Burnley, and many even pass beauty spots which include historic buildings, stunning valleys as well as photogenic views.

Here are some recommended walks from us at The Lettings Cloud!

Gawthorpe Circular (4 miles)

Image of Gawthorpe Hall, an Elizabethan House which is now a National Park. It is located in Burnley, Lancashire

This walk explores the stunning 1600 Gawthorpe Hall which is located in Padiham. You can even go inside Gawthorpe Hall and view the Jacobean and Victorian furniture and paintings!

The trail starts at the Town Hall, then through Hagg Wood, and finally across Gawthorpe Hall grounds, following Charlotte Bronte’s steps as she often visited Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth at Gawthorpe Hall.

Click here to view a full guide for the walk!

Clowbridge Circuit (1.5 miles)

Clowbridge Reservoir located in Burnley, Lancashire.

Clowbridge Reservoir has numerous footpaths, however, the footpath surrounding the reservoir is a stunning walk alone. As Clowbridge Reservoir is home to Rossendale Valley Sailing Club, there are often boats and windsurfers on the water. There are many great views around the reservoir so it is definitely a place worth visiting in Burnley!

The Wayside Arts Trail (2-6 miles)

The Singing Ringing Tree located in Burnley, Lancashire

This walk follows the Burnley Way Footpath and connects Towenely and Crown Point whilst weaving in and out a few of Burnley’s forests. There are two routes which allow for people of all abilities to take part!

The Wayside Arts Trail was set up from 2003-2007 and was inspired by East Lancashire’s incredible landscape. Professional artists partnered up with local schools and people to create features to add a positive difference to the environment.

There are 12 unique posts which have been carved from Burnley’s local green oak. Between these posts are brick waymarkers which feature local school children’s illustrations of local birds, insects and animals found near Burnley. Additionally, there is a 3m long map at the beginning of the trail of The Wayside Arts Trail itself! This is located behind Towneley Hall.

Click here for a map of the walk and route guidance!

Burnley Way (40 miles in total)

Image of Burnley's landscape located in Lancashire

The Burnley Way is 40 miles long, however, Burnley council split up the walk into 6 shorter walks. Each separate route has its own guide:

1: Weavers’ Triangle to Queen Street Mill (5 miles)

2: Queen Street Mill to Hurstwood (8.5 miles)

3: Hurtswood to Portsmouth (5 miles)

4: Portsmouth to Towneley (6.5 miles)

5: Towneley to Hapton (7.5 miles)

6: Hapton to Weavers’ Triangle (7.5 miles)

Each guide tells you how long each trail is, the difficulty of the trail, information about Burnley and The Burnley Way, as well as links to recommended places to eat and accommodation.

There are plenty of sights to see along Burnley Way including waterways, field, parks, woods, moors and more so there will always be something new to see!


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