The Clarion House Way

A walk of 36 Km through East Lancashire's beautiful countryside visiting the Nelson ILP Clarion House and the former Clarion House at Colne and Clough Croft at Roggerham formerly used by Burnley ILP.

Nelson ILP Clarion House

Nelson ILP Clarion House
Walk Information
Part one guide
Part two guide
Part three guide
Part four guide
Part five guide
Part six guide
Part seven guide
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Thanks to Simon Wilson for his advice concerning the Thursden Valley





Part one guide


Page last updated
26 June, 2018

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The Clarion House Way
an unofficial walk of approx 36 Kilometres
Devised by Gwyndon (John) Boardman

Map used in defining route:
Ordnance Survey South Pennines, OL21 1:25 000 scale.

Much of the route borrows sections of the Pendle Way, the Burnley Way and the Bronte Way. These routes are waymarked.
Care should be taken to avoid confusing the emblems used for the Burnley Way and the Bronte Way. Both routes use the symbol ‘B’, however the colours are different.

Since writing this guide we have discovered that the SDF had a Clarion House at Robin Houses, Briercliffe. This building still exists and is today a private dwelling. Whilst this building is near to the route of the Clarion House Way, Out of curtesy to the people who live there, I have decided not to modify the route to include it. Information about the Briercliffe Clarion House is included on our History Page.

All distances and bearings are given as a guide and are approximate. This guide starts from the centre of Nelson because the railway station and the bus station are close by.

The Clarion House Way is a circular walk that can be started at any suitable access point. The walk is designed to be done in a day by fit and experienced walkers.

Splitting the route into a two day walk is made very easy by ending day one in Burnley which has a railway station and a bus station near to the town centre. The Clarion House Way crosses the main road to Nelson and a bus stop is nearby.

The guide has been put together in 7 parts, all of which can be completed in less than three hours at a gentle pace, alternative transport arrangements will have to be made to the start and the finish of each section.

Download PDF version of the Guide here.
Please note that since this PDF version was produced that some of the hostelries and cafes are no longer open. We strongly recommend that you check in advance and carry appropriate food and drink with you.
To view the PDF version of the guide you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This can be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe website by following the link on the left of this page.

Southfield Methodist Church
Catlow Bottoms
Colne Clarion House
Thursden Valley
Southfield Methodist Church
Catlow Bottoms
Colne Clarion House
Thursden Valley
Long Stay parking in Nelson is available at:

• Cuba Street Car Park (Carr Road/Every Street junction)
• Admiral Centre Car Park (Multi-Storey)
• Rigby Street Car Park (near Lidl supermarket)
• Chapel Street Car Park (next to Wavelengths)
• Railway Station Car Park (long stay section only).

There are also maps of Burnley on the Burnley Borough Council Web site the files are in the magnitude of 600 KB each.

Weather on the Lancashire Moors can quickly deteriorate.
Please avoid the moorland sections when visibility is poor.

The only safe way to keep your feet dry on most sections of this walk is by wearing a pair of waterproof boots.

Please follow the Countryside Code (HMG PDF 2.t MB) at all times.

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