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 3

Swinden Bridge to Colne Road, Burnley, via Lea Green Reservoir, Swinden Water, the River Brun and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This is a moderate walk of about 5 Kilometres - mainly downhill.

From Swinden Bridge face south west (Nelson to your right and Worsthorne to your left)

Turn down the lane to the left of the bridge, there is a kissing gate after 20 metres, the route runs down a grass covered lane (heading west).
Lea Green Reservoir comes into view on your right.

Turn right (northwest) along the dam wall, Extwistle Hall cbe seen on the hillside above.

At the end of the dam climb over the stile and turn left (southwest) and continue along the well defined path. The route passes through a mixture of woodland and water meadows Image (37KB) arriving at a bridge near the confluence of Swinden Water with the river Brun.

Do not cross the bridge, instead carry straight on.

At Nether Wood bridge the Brun is joined by the river Don.
To your right you will see a stile and a waymarked path, this is the Burnley Way leaving the Bronte Way.

Ignore The Burnley Way path and continue on the broad unsurfaced access road following the river south west and then northwest, passing a lake and several factory buildings. As you pass the last building and the road bends to the right, keep straight ahead following the river.

Ahead the road is bridged by Heasanford Road.

Pass under the bridge and arrive on the landscaped site of the former Bank Hall Colliery. Image (20 KB)

Turn left (southwest) to follow the river and you have joined the route of the former train line that took the coal from the colliery (a short distance down this path a foot bridge crosses the river. The Queen Vic, a Brewers Fayre pub can be reached via this bridge). Queen Vic information

The Leeds and Liverpool canal is ahead, continue along the path and pass under the bridge; after 40 metres turn sharp right and ascend to the towpath of the canal.

The Queen Vic should be in view. Turn left (northwest) along the towpath for 500 metres, arriving at the access to Colne Road, Burnley.

If you wish to break your journey here leave by the path before you pass under the bridge.

A bus stop for Nelson is 100 metres right (north) of this point.

Turn left for Burnley centre (south) walking along the main road to the bus station.

To reach Burnley Central railway station walk down the road for 50 metres cross the road with care and follow the path through the trees.

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.