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Lancashire Way


The Lancashire Way is a long distance walk, 291 miles long and explores this great county. The aim of the Way is to showcase the beauty and variety of Lancashire's scenery, the breadth and depth of its history and the warmth and humour of its people through one walk.
This route has been developed over the past 20 years by Neil Harwood and is available at The website provides all the information necessary to undertake the walk with route details, OS maps and a commentary - so no books are required and it is completely free of charge.
The Way is divided into three 'loops', making the logistics of completing the walk easier by having the same start and finish. It also allows more places of interest to be visited and each can generally be completed within one week.
The Southern Loop begins and ends in Preston and takes in the very best of the scenery in south Lancashire and also features aspects of its industrial past. It is 81 miles long with a total ascent of over 7,000 feet and 28 towns and villages are visited.
The Central Loop is the second part of the Lancashire Way and is longer at 101 miles and ascends over 13,000 feet, which is almost twice that of the Southern Loop. It begins and ends in Preston, as did the Southern Loop. The route takes in the Ribble Valley, Pendle Hill and the Southern Bowland Fells.
The final part of the Lancashire Way is the Northern Loop. This begins and ends in Lancaster and is the longest at 109 miles. Whilst it only ascends just over 10,000ft it does include the two highest points in Lancashire including Gragareth, which is the only mountain in the county. There are also great coastal sections around Morecambe Bay.
For more details on all three sections see the associated walks links below.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Start and Finish: SD534291 - Preston, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Lancashire Way


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn
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