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Lancashire Way - Southern Loop


134 km / 83 miles
This route has been developed over the past 20 years by Neil Harwood. The Southern Loop was the first part of the Lancashire Way to be published in 2016. This is available at The intention is that the website will provide all the information necessary to undertake the walk with route details, OS maps and a commentary - so no books and completely free of charge.

The aim of the Way is to showcase the scenery, history and people of the county in one walk.

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 historical past. At 81 miles long, it should take about 35 hours walking - so between 4-7 days and hence can be completed in a week. The total ascent is over 7,000 feet and 28 towns and villages are visited.

The route takes in the Ribble Estuary, the Mosses of West Lancashire, stretches of the Leeds Liverpool canal with its fascinating history and finally the West Pennine moors. The highest point is Winter Hill at just under 1,500 feet.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Start and Finish: SD534291 - Preston Railway Station, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2016
Web Sites: Lancashire Way


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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:
OS Landranger 102, 103, 108, 109
OS Landranger Active 102, 103, 108, 109
OS Explorer 276, 285, 286, 287
OS Explorer Active 276, 285, 286, 287

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Route Profile:

133.9 km (83.2 miles)
1,953 m (6,407 ft) ascent
452 m (1,483 ft)  maximum height

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