Calder Vale


Calder Vale will come as a surprise to first time visitors. It is an industrial settlement hidden in a beautiful wooded valley. What’s more the mill is still active producing the material that is used for Arab headscarves. This walk takes you up onto the western fringe of Bowland Forest on a circuit which gives you superb views across the Fylde.


Start: The War memorial, Calder Vale PR3 1SH


Distance: 8 miles 13 k

Time:  3 ½ - 4 ½ hours

Grade: Moderate. The route begins with a long, steady climb but after that it is downhill all the way.

Map: OS OL 41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale


Map by kind permission of Johnston Press


1. From the war memorial head downhill into the old centre of the village. Cross the River Calder to reach "the Square" in front of the mill and Methodist chapel. (Alternative starting place at weekends.)


Bear left passing Long Row on the right to enter the woods on a footpath leading up to the church.


The path quickly passes the old mill lodge - an attractive artificial lake on the right. After 500yds arrive at the rear gates of the churchyard.


Keep ahead to pass the old school house to reach a junction.


Turn right. Now on an unsurfaced lane keep ahead past Lower Landskill Farm and then follow the farm road as it bends to the left heading uphill with a wall to the right. Immediately after a metal gate turn left through a wooden kissing gate


into a large pasture. Bear right aiming towards the far right corner and the cross a stile over a wall.


Continue upward to the right of a fence and follow it when it bends left towards the farmstead of Rough Moor.


When you reach the farm drive turn right and carry on to Delph Lane.  

2. Recent forestry clearing has substantially altered the look of the landscape here. Stang Yule was once the little house in the woods - not anymore. Turn left on the lane and then right passing Stang Yule.


At the junction of tracks beyond it turn left climbing up to a kissing gate leading onto Hazelhurst Fell.


The track now follows a wall to the right as it gains height.


When the broad track turns right towards what was once dense conifer plantations keep ahead on a narrow path with the wall to the right heading towards the broad hill.


Close to where the wall ends the path joins a broad track and the ascent continues.


The views to the south open out with Parlick and Fairsnape coming into view and the Vale of Bleasdale nestled below. When the track levels out keep ahead for 600yds to reach a broader area clear of heather. Here if you wish you can turn left to walk up to the trig point. There's not much there besides the trig point amidst a sea of heather. Returning to the main track


cross a depression and climb up to reach a junction of tracks.


Turn right. This Landrover track takes you down towards Bleasdale.


As you near a wall turn left to traverse the fellside parallel to the wall for a distance of 350 yards to arrive at a wooden gate and stile. (This diversion is necessary to keep you within access land.)


3. Cross the stile and descend to a farm road.


Turn right.


Keep on this as it takes you through the farm complex of Hazelhurst


and then 20 minutes later Clough Head Couts.


At Brooks Barn turn right and soon after pass Bleasdale Tower. Keep on this estate road for almost a mile


until the denuded area close to Stang Yule is reached. As the road bends to the right branch left over the pasture to a gate.


Through this the path which once went through a dense strip of woodland takes you to Delph Lane. Turn left.

4. After 150yds turn right


on a footpath leading downhill with a wall to the right. Then brings you to a farm road.


Turn left. Follow the track downhill to Landskill Farm. When you reach it turn right through its yard.


Continue on a concrete track on the far side passing the farm house on your right. After 200yds the track turns right. Here take a footpath on the left through the left of two metal gates.  



Bearing right cross pasture to reach and go through a wooden kissing gate and then continue on the same diagonal course to reach the River Calder.


Cross the footbridge and turn right on a lane leading back to Calder Vale.

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