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Pilgrim's Way Whalley to Manchester

Gtr Manchester, Lancashire

58 km / 36 miles
An ancient pilgrim's route from St Mary's Church, Whalley through South East Lancashire to Manchester Cathedral, via historic canals and rivers, West Pennine villages, open moorland and disused railways, making use of 'Greenway' corridors. Created by the Greenmount Village Walking Group.

The trail can be walked in stages. Public transport is available from each finishing point, except on the moorland section between Helmshore and Hawkshaw.

The route crosses an MOD DANGER AREA on Holcombe Moor, which MUST be avoided on 'Red Flag' days (see A diversion (Pilgrim's Way Whalley to Manchester RED FLAG Alternative) should be used on those days.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Other Paths
Average Gradients
Former Railway
Industrial History
Open Date: 2023
Web Sites: West Pennine Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Pilgrim's Way Whalley to Manchester  (Greenmount Village Walking Group  - 2023 )


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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.
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OS Landranger 103, 109
OS Landranger Active 103, 109
OS Explorer 21, 277, 287
OS Explorer Active 21, 277, 287

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Pilgrim's Way Whalley to Manchester GPX Exchange Format Route File - Source: Greenmount Village Walking Group
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Route Profile:

56.0 km (34.8 miles)
949 m (3,114 ft) ascent
380 m (1,247 ft)  maximum height

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