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
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
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
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
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
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.