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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6 November, 2017

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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 7

Pendle Heritage Centre to Nelson Town Centre via Barrowford Locks. This is an easy walk of about 4 Kilometres with 2 modest uphill sections and most of the walking on the flat on good paths and pavement.

Leave the Heritage Centre by heading up Colne Road (southeast). There is a good raised path for most of the way.
The M65 runs next to Colne Road for the latter part of this road section and the earthworks of Barrowford Reservoir and Barrowford Canal Locks will come into view after 700 metres. The road is carried over the canal by a bridge.

As you approach the bridge look out for a waymarked wooden gate to your right.

Once through the gate turn left (east) with the M65 on your right. After 200 metres the canal is reached as it passes beneath the M65. Turn to your right (with the canal on your left) and follow the path for 150 metres to a gate and wooden stile.

Through the stile the path threads its way through a new plantation and rejoins the canal between two locks.
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At the second lock cross over the overflow (bridge) and canal (lock gate) and continue southwest on the towpath, approaching Swinden Aqueduct, the canal turns south. The aqueduct passes over Colne Water as the river heads west to join Pendle Water.

The canal then bends sharply to the west below a housing estate and Swinden Bridge comes into view. One of the purposes of the bridge was to take the horses that pulled the barges (and now you) onto the opposite bank, where the towpath continues.

Cross the bridge and continue on the towpath for 800 metres passing Hodge House allotments. A business park comes into view heralding your arrival at Reedyford Road Bridge (141d).

Under the bridge the canal opens up into Dixon's Wide (for countless decades the legendary lair of a giant pike).

Continue under Scotland Road Bridge (141c) and Pendle Street Bridge (141b).
50 metres after the bridge and near the back of Morrisons Supermarket leave the canal to your right into Norfolk Street.
Turn left (south) for 200 metres arriving at Carr Road.

Turn left (southeast) and uphill over the canal bridge and the final 350 metres of the route to return to Nelson town centre.

The town centre has several public houses, cafes, restaurants and takeaways.

We hope that you enjoyed the walk and would appreciate any comments that you would care to make to improve the walk and this guide.

Our investigation of the route took place in October and November and the images on these pages reflect the weather conditions. If you would like to send us alternative images we will credit those that we use.

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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.