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Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green discBurnley Way


64 km / 40 miles
A varied route around Burnley with a wide range of terrain, from the town centre and Calder riverside and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath it passes a number of reservoirs, but it also climbs onto high moorland. It includes Forest of Burnley woodlands and the wilder South Pennine Moors with the route's highest point at Thieveley Pike, and industrial heritage such as from past limestone extraction at Shedden Clough contrasted with the nearby windfarm at Coal Clough. Updated in 2008, it is described in six sections each with public transport links. There are links to the Bronte and Pendle Ways and with the Pennine Bridleway National Trail's Mary Towneley Loop. The Rossendale Way passes near to the southern end of this trail.


Waymark: Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green disc
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green disc
Attributes: Challenging
Industrial History
Start and Finish: SD838322 - Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre, Burnley, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1993
Web Sites: Visit Lancashire - Burnley Way Burnley Way [YouTube video] Bowland Climber - Burnley Way part 1 [blog] Bowland Climber - Burnley Way part 2 [blog] Bowland Climber - Burnley Way part 3 [blog] Bowland Climber - Burnley Way part 4 [blog] Bowland Climber - Burnley Way part 5 [blog]


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 103
OS Landranger Active 103
OS Explorer 21, 287
OS Explorer Active 21, 287

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Route Profile:

63.1 km (39.2 miles)
1,712 m (5,617 ft) ascent
446 m (1,463 ft)  maximum height

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