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.
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
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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