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.
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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.

Part 1

Nelson Centre to the Colne Clarion House via Nelson ILP Socialist Institute, Walverden Reservoir & Catlow Bottoms. This is a moderate walk of about 5 Kilometres - mainly uphill.

Starting Point – The Broadway at the bottom of Railway Street and near to Pendle Rise Shopping Centre, NGR SD 860 377.
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Proceed south east along Railway Street, (take care at the roundabout after approx 100 metres). Turn right into Vernon Street after a further 300 metres. On the right hand side of Vernon Street is the former Nelson ILP Socialist Institute. 
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Visit Nelson ILP Page for more information

Retrace your footsteps to Railway Street and continue south east for 650 metres to Pilgrim Street where in the distance Jimmy Nelson’s Sports Club imposes on the Landscape. The building was built as a memorial to all the workers of his factories who were killed during the First World War.

Continue on Railway Street for 80 metres where the macadam surface terminates, head for a path to the left of the continuing lane, which is between the lane and some factory gates. The path continues through a garage site at the end of which is Boston Street (factory buildings) and Walverden Farm Cottage. Turn left (northeast) into Boston Street and at the next Junction turn right (southeast) into Brunswick Street. Bear to your right onto the lane and follow the river to the dam wall of Walverden Reservoir.

Bear left (east) on to a surfaced road passing Thaw House, a grassy lane leads you to an open field with the path following the left hand wall. At the top of the field next to a gate is a stone stile. If you pause here for a few moments and turn around you can see (weather permitting) the “whaleback” of Pendle Hill rising above the town of Nelson.
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Continue up the lane until you reach another path that crosses at right angles, some wooden poultry sheds are nearby. The way ahead is to the right (southeast) over the wooden stile.

You may take a short detour from the route at this point by carrying straight ahead, to visit the unusually situated Southfield Methodist Church and the historic setting of Southfield Fold (it is a 10 minute walk from here to the Shooter’s Inn).

From the wooden stile continue on the path until you reach an obvious lane, turn left (east) to Catlow. Turn right (southeast) onto a local road down into Catlow Bottoms.
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Cross the ford (stepping stones) and follow the road for 30 metres, turn left (east) through gateway and follow the lane near to the river. On reaching the river crossing ignore the Pendle Way turning to the right over a footbridge.

This is the site of a former stone quarry; cut stone from this quarry was exported as far away as South Africa.

Continue on the lane which ascends a short hill to a rough meadow. Immediately at the top of the climb bear left (north) across the field crossing Pathole Beck to a stile in a stone wall.
Continue heading north to a way marked stile and then northeast to the top right hand corner of the field (and farm buildings), follow right hand wall to a stile at the corner of a garage.

Continue up the lane (northeast), Walton Spire appears on the skyline to the north east, pass through a gateway and then bear right (north) to a stile in a high stone wall.
This stile is at a cross roads on the Nelson/ Hebden Bridge Road.

Head east towards Hebden Bridge (with Boulsworth Fell rising in front of you) for 300 metres. Turn left (northeast) at footpath sign, the route is on a lane heading towards some farm buildings.

Pass through a waymarked stile at the corner of the building and another stile comes immediately into view.
Continue through this stile and follow partly flagged path to the wall corner.

Continue northeast across a boggy meadow. The path climbs up a short ascent and the Colne Clarion House comes directly into view.

Continue through the stile to the road.

This former Colne Clarion House is now a private dwelling and the occupant’s privacy should be preserved.
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A Narrative history of the Colne ILP Clarion House can be downloaded here (PDF 1.52MB)

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 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.