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Dropping down from Copy Nook Farm to High Lane looking towards Barnoldswick
Dropping down from Copy Nook Farm to High Lane looking towards Barnoldswick

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Route No. 570 - Thursday 9 October 2014
Foulridge, Foulridge Lower Reservoir,
Stansfield Tower, Lister Well Road,
Leeds & Liverpool Canal circuit - 10km
Pendle, Lancashire . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL21 South Pennines


Looking up Wharehouse Lane in Foulridge
Looking up Warehouse Lane in Foulridge at the start of our walk

Walking along the B6251 in Foulridge
Walking along the B6251 in Foulridge

From our parking spot there, we walked back up Warehouse Lane past the end of Station Road to the junction with the B6251. Here we turned right to walk along the B6251 for about 100m where we turned left off the main road to follow a track between the houses.

My neighbour, Jim, and I are staying at a very nice pub near Pendle Hill in Lancashire. This morning after bacon & eggs for breakfast we drove to the village of Foulridge. Near the canal at the end of Warehouse Lane (map ref. SD888425) there is free on-street parking.

Turning off the B6251 to follow the path between the buildings
Turning off the B6251 to follow the path between the buildings


Turning right along a narrow access road

Path from the private garden to the fields
Path from the private garden to the fields

The field boundary stopped at the top of the rise and down the slope ahead there were a few trees left where the old hedge had been. We followed the line of this old field boundary down the slope past a stile still in place but no longer any barrier to cross. We continued to the boundary fence around the reservoir and crossed a stile to a footpath on the other side.

After about 100m we turned right along a narrow road to the gate into a private house. The path goes through the gate and turns left to pass in front of the house. We followed the path out of the garden into the fields and followed the fence-line on our left up a slope for about 150m. At the top of the rise we were greeted with a fine view over Lake Burwain or Foulridge Lower Reservoir.

Path at the front of a private house & out across the garden
Path at the front of a private house & out across the garden

Stile to the path around Lake Burwain
Stile to the path around Lake Burwain

Lake Burwain or Foulridge Lower Reservoir
Lake Burwain or Foulridge Lower Reservoir

The public footpath around Lake Burwain
The public footpath around Lake Burwain

Nearing the club-house of the sailing club
Nearing the club-house of the sailing club

Permissive path along the narrow lane from the lake
Permissive path along the narrow lane from the lake

From the junction just below the reservoir entrance we took a permissive path along a narrow lane heading south west. After about 350m we came to a junction with a minor road where we turned right to walk along the road.

We followed this path around the edge of the reservoir for about 600m to the sailing club house and moorings. From the club house we turned away from the reservoir and out to the road.

The public footpath around Lake Burwain
The public footpath around Lake Burwain

The road outside our exit from the lakeside path
The road outside our exit from the lakeside path

Reaching the road at the end of the lane
Reaching the road at the end of the lane


Heading for the road bridge over the lake outlet stream

Stile at the top of the road side bank
Stile at the top of the road side bank

Stile to a minor road at the top of the field path
Stile to a minor road at the top of the field path

We climbed the stile to follow a path in the fields climbing up the hillside and running parallel to the road . We crossed several fields until, after about 650m, we emerged onto a minor road at map ref. SD870420. Here we turned right and walked along the road for about 100m.

We crossed the road bridge over a stream and followed the road for about 250m from the junction. On our right there was a stone water channel which seemed to be part of the drainage system from the dam at Slipper Hill Reservoir. On our left at the top of the roadside bank was a wooden stile in a wire fence.

Stone drainage channel at the foot of Slipper Hill dam
Stone drainage channel at the foot of Slipper Hill dam

Path up the hillside parallel to the road
Path up the hillside parallel to the road

About to leave the road at Hollin Hall
About to leave the road at Hollin Hall

Stile into the garden of Hollin Hall
Stile into the garden of Hollin Hall

Stile to pass below Malkin Tower farm
Stile to pass below Malkin Tower farm

Path heading for Blacko Hill Side farm
Path heading for Blacko Hill Side farm

We followed the path below Malkin Tower farm and along the field edges to Blacko Hill Side farm.

At Hollin Hall we turned left off the road and followed a footpath past the hall and up across the fields to Malkin Tower farm.

Path from Hollin Hall up to Malkin Tower farm
Path from Hollin Hall up to Malkin Tower farm

Path passing below Malkin Tower farm
Path passing below Malkin Tower farm

Nearing Blacko Hill side farm
Nearing Blacko Hill side farm

Looking back to Lake Balwain from the hill above Blacko Hill Side farm
Looking back to Lake Balwain from the hill above Blacko Hill Side farm

Route up from Blacko Hill Side farm next to the grassy ditch
Route up from Blacko Hill Side farm next to the grassy ditch

Walkway to the stile in the corner of the field
Walkway to the stile in the corner of the field

At the stone wall at the top of the field we crossed the stile and here the path forked. We kept to the right hand fork along side the stone wall with a pleasant view to our right over Whitemoor Reservoir. Stansfield Tower was a field away to our left on its prominent hill top but this was as close as the public footpaths would take us.

Stansfield Tower, or Blacko Tower, was prominent on the skyline above us and to our left. Just before Blacko Hill Side farm we turned right to climb up the field next to a broad grassy ditch to the end of a stone wall at the top. The left hand corner of the field is quite wet & boggy so we kept slightly to the right to find the start of a short length of boardwalk across the wet area to the stile in the corner.

Stansfield Tower on the skyline above Blacko Hill Side farm
Stansfield Tower on the skyline above us

Stansfield Tower
Stansfield Tower

Looking back to Balwain Lake
Looking back to Balwain Lake

Following the path along side the stone wall
Following the path along side the stone wall

Gate from the track on to Gisburn Old Road
Gate from the track on to Gisburn Old Road

Duck pond at Peel's House
Duck pond at Peel's House

At the road (map ref. SD864431) we turned left and walked along the road past Peel's House with its pretty duck pond. About 100m beyond Peel's House we turned right off the road to follow a track called Lister Well Road out across White Moor.

We continued along the footpath next to the stone wall on our right for about 600m from the stile. Here we came to a gate on our right leading to a track out to a minor road (Gisburn Old Road) about 150m away.

Gate to the track out to the road
Gate to the track out to the road

Footpath signs at the Gisburn Old Road
Footpath signs at the Gisburn Old Road

Our turning from Gisburn Old Road on to Lister Well Road
Our turning from Gisburn Old Road on to Lister Well Road

Looking back to Stansfield Tower from Gisburn Old Road
Looking back to Stansfield Tower from Gisburn Old Road

Lister Well Road across the heather moor
Lister Well Road across the heather moor

Approaching our turning toCopy Nook farm
Approaching our turning to Copy Nook farm

Walled grassy track to Copy Nook farm
Walled grassy track to Copy Nook farm

This track was heading generally eastwards dropping down across the moor. After about 500m the track across the open moor became enclosed between stone walls as it approached Copy Nook farm.

We followed the track across the heather moor for about 1.2km. Here the track continued across the moor dropping down the end of the hill towards Barnoldswick, but we turned right through a wooden field gate to follow another track.

Lister Well Road across the heather moor
Lister Well Road across the heather moor

Our turning on to the track to Copy Nook farm
Our turning on to the track to Copy Nook farm

Passing Copy Nook farm along the walled grassy track
Passing Copy Nook farm along the walled grassy track

The track dropping down across the moor to Copy Nook farm
The track dropping down across the moor to Copy Nook farm

Track down from Copy Nook farm to the B6251
Track down from Copy Nook farm to the B6251

The B6251 at the end of the track from the moor
The B6251 at the end of the track from the moor

Following the field edge down towards Booth House Farm
Following the field edge down towards Booth House Farm

There we turned left off the road to cross a stile into the field below the road. We followed a path down the edge of the field for around 200m to the field boundary at the bottom next to Booth House Farm.

We continued past Copy Nook farm along the wide grassy track dropping down towards the B6251 road. The track emerged on to the road at map ref. SD88446, where we turned right and walked along this busy road for about 150m.

Looking across the valley towards Barnoldswick
Looking across the valley towards Barnoldswick

Turning off the B6251 to cross a stile into the fields
Turning off the B6251 to cross a stile into the fields

Reaching the path along the bottom edge of the field
Reaching the path along the bottom edge of the field

We crossed this farm track and went through the little gate
We crossed this farm track and went through the little gate

Path by-passing Hollin Bank Farm
Path by-passing Hollin Bank Farm

Path dropping down to a footbridge in the field corner
Path dropping down to a footbridge in the field corner

We continued along this path, by-passing Heather Leigh and Wood End Farm. Beyond Wood End Farm the path followed the edge of a field and dropped down to a wooded corner with an attractive stone arch footbridge over a stream.

Here we turned right to follow a path along the bottom edge of the field. At the other side of this wide field we crossed a farm access track and passed through a pedestrian gate in the hedge.

Path by-passing Heather Leigh
Path by-passing Heather Leigh

Path across the fields from Hollin Bank Farm
Path across the fields from Hollin Bank Farm

Stone arch footbridge over a stream
Stone arch footbridge over a stream

Stone arch footbridge over a stream
Stone arch footbridge over a stream

Path up from the footbridge to the access road
Path up from the footbridge to the access road

Pretty pond on the road side
Pretty pond on the road side

The path goes down the side of the mill
The path goes down the side of the mill

We passed through the field gate and continued along a track across the fields with a good view of a stone arch bridge over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal ahead of us.

Once across this footbridge the path climbed up to an access road. We followed the access road for about 200m to the entrance to a mill. The path goes straight down the mill access road and past the side of the mill to an iron field gate.

Following the mill access road towards the canal
Following the mill access road towards the canal

The path follows the access road in to the mill yard
The path follows the access road in to the mill yard

Gate from the mill to the fields
Gate from the mill to the fields

Following the track to the canal bridge  over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Following the track to the canal bridge over the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

The track over the canal bridge
The track over the canal bridge

Canal traffic on the way to Foulridge
Canal traffic on the way to Foulridge

A narrow boat being turned round at a winding hole
A narrow boat being turned round at a winding hole

We passed two more stone arch bridges over the canal along the way. As we approached the wharf there were numerous canal boats moored and one boat manoeuvring to turn round at a winding hole.

The track led us to the bridge over the canal. We crossed the bridge and turned right to walk along the canal tow path. We followed the tow path for about 1.3km to Foulridge Wharf.

The Leeds & Liverpool canal
The Leeds & Liverpool canal

Following the tow path to Foulridge Wharfe
Following the tow path to Foulridge Wharf

Approaching Foulridge Wharfe
Approaching Foulridge Wharf

Foulridge Canal Wharfe
Foulridge Canal Wharf

Following the tow path towards the canal tunnel
Following the tow path towards the canal tunnel

We turned right up Warehouse Lane back to our parking spot and the end of our walk. The whole route had been 10km and it had taken me around four hours. I'm getting slower but Jim is very patient and keeps waiting for me to catch up.

We followed the tow path around a corner just past the wharf to look at the entrance to the canal tunnel that runs for about 1.2km under the hillside. We then retraced our steps to the wharf.

The mouth of Foulridge Canal Tunnel
The mouth of Foulridge Canal Tunnel

Looking back to Foulridge Wharfe from the end of Warehouse Lane
Looking back to Foulridge Wharf from the end of Warehouse Lane at the end of our walk

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