Point – The Broadway at the
bottom of Railway Street and near to Pendle Rise Shopping Centre,
NGR SD 860 377.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
A Narrative history of the Colne ILP Clarion House can be downloaded here (PDF 1.52MB)