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 2

Colne Clarion House to Swinden Bridge via Coldwell Activity Centre, the Thursden Valley and Clough Croft (formerly used by Burnley ILP). This is a moderate walk of about 6 Kilometres over undulating terrain.

From the former Colne Clarion House head south east down Back Lane for approx 1 kilometre to the Coldwell Activity Centre.

The former Tea Rooms closed at the end of March 2016. Visit the Centre's Web site

From the Activity Centre continue down the road towards Hebden Bridge.

Ignore the first path to the left, after 100 metres; continue on the road which bends left and then right before climbing a slight incline. At the top of the incline is a small lay-by and a wooden gate with a bridleway sign (500 metres from Activity Centre).

Turn left (east) through this gate and follow a good track for 500 metres with Upper Coldwell Reservoir on your right hand side.
The track bears right at the top of the reservoir to a gate.

You have a choice of routes:

  • Continue on the track (east) for 400 metres and turn right (southwest) onto the Bronte Way meeting a broken wall after a further 400 metres.
  • Alternatively you can cut this corner off by heading south east from the gate. if you take this alternative route (through tussocks of moorland grasses and several drainage channels) look for a wall running north west from the top of the moor. This is to your right after passing through the gate. The bottom of the wall is 300 metres from the gate and in a collapsed state. Look for two waymarkers between the gate and the end of the wall, this is the route of the path which is best generously described as being indistinct, but it is a slightly more adventurous alternative.

Both paths meet near the wall and continue over a footbridge and through a gate. Continue southwest over a further footbridge and the path climbs up a hillock to a waymarker.

Ignore the path joining from your right and continue to a further waymarker, ignore the cairn ahead, instead follow the path that leads to a stone doorway (this doorway is the most distinctive landmark on this section of the moor and is the remains of a former building called New House).
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Continue on the distinct path to the right (west) of the doorway. The path joins an old wall and immediately there is a wooden stile.

Pass over this stile and continue forward (south) to a gate and stile with a Bronte way sign. Turn right (west) and you will be overlooking the Thursden Valley.
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Head south down the road and after a short distance the road bends to the right and a footpath sign points down the hill into the valley (at the time we walked this section we had difficulty finding the lane that skirts the house near the bottom of the descent.

The options are to try and find the way through (we did) or to take the longer route around the road.
We have raised the issue with the Access Officer.

From the bottom of the lane head west and then south west for 200 metres. As the road starts to climb the hill there is a footpath over a stile to the left.

The path leads you south west alongside Thursden Brook (the major source of the River Don) which is crossed by the means of a wooden bridge and the path then heads south into Park Wood. As you ascend the hill avoid taking the very obvious path to the right through a wooden gate (this is the Burnley Way) but instead continue up the hill for a further 20 metres and bear right (southwest) at the Bronte Way waymarker.

The path turns to the south as you pass below Low Pike.

A stile leads you on to a surfaced road, continue forward and bear right at the junction, keeping to the surfaced road.

Bear left at the Farm (Sweet Well House) and pass through a stile next to the wall on your left. The path follows the wall to your right and a gate and stile can be seen ahead.

Continue through the stile heading west, the path narrows and passes some derelict stone farm buildings.

Ignore the path to your right (over a wooden stile). The path continues southwest and swings to the south as you approach the hamlet of Ing Hey.

A gate and stile are ahead.

Approx 100 metres before you reach the gate and stile (SD 887 336), the now derelict Clough Croft formerly used by Burnley ILP (see note below) can be seen amongst some trees to the right of the path.
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Continue over the stile, pass the middle Swinden Reservoir on your left and follow the surfaced access road to Nelson/Worsthorne road, at Swinden Bridge.

The Roggerham Gate Inn is situated 100 metres up the road to your right (north) and is a good pick up point if you are being met by a car, or a taxi can be arranged to collect you here.

The Inn serves meals but prior arrangements should be made for large groups. Further Information

Note: the Clough Croft building as been referred to for many years as "Burnley Clarion House". We learnt in November 2017 that whilst the building was formerly used for a considerable number of years by Burnley ILP, it was not known as "Burnley Clarion House" at that time. We suspect that association with the Nelson and Colne ILP Clarion Houses led to the later use of the name.

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.