Alkincoats Park Colne

There was a time when a shopping expedition to Boundary Mill would bring me out in a rash. But not so these days because I have discovered Colne’s lovely countryside is easily reached from the store located at the eastern end of the M65 motorway. Spouse goes in the store for two hours of contented hunting and gathering while I disappear into the nearby countryside. Result – matrimonial harmony.  Alkincoats Park, an attractive amenity in its own right is a five minute walk from the Boundary Mill car park. 

Start/Finish: Alkincoats Park, Colne BB8 9QQ

Fact file:

Distance 3 ½ miles - 5.5k

Time: 2 - 3 hours

Grade: Moderate

Map OS OL21 The South Pennines

Map by kind permission of Johnston Press


1.From the car park leave the park by the main entrance! Immediately after the lodge house on the right turn right into a narrow snicket.

Keep on this path past houses on the left to reach an area of allotments. Here bear slightly left through a metal kissing gate

then keep ahead over a stream to arrive at a junction with a broad track. Turn right.

Keep on the track as it passes between properties to reach open fields.

With the embankment of the old Colne-Skipton railway to the right keep on the path until it brings you to a metal gate leading onto a lane.

Turn left and walk to the canal bridge accessing the tow path by a ramp just before the bridge to the left. On reaching the canal turn right under the bridge (no 144)

and walk down to the next bridge.

After passing under it turn right to reach the path that crosses it.
2.On the far side of the canal pass the large farm complex to the right

to locate a small gap in the wall on the right just beyond it.

(Very easy to miss especially in summer months when it can be obscured by foliage). Through this cross a small foot bridge and bear right to the corner of a barn. Turn left and through a narrow gateway enter fields. Aiming for the left corner when you reach it cross a stile into the next field. After 50yds go through a gap on the left

and maintain the direction of travel to cross a stile behind a large property.

Bear right on a path leading to a stone bridge and then a lane. Turn left. Pass Lake House

and the next property on the right to locate a stile high above the lane on the right.

Over this bear right and skirting tennis courts follow a path leading into pastureland with an elevated view over Slipper Hill Reservoir. With the reservoir to the right cross to a stone stile and keep ahead passing immediately below a house on the left.

This leads to a stile next to a metal gate and a shady lane.

After the next house the lane becomes more substantial.

Turn right at the junction to gently descend towards the next house. Just before it turn right onto a narrow path

that skirts a rear garden to bring you to the shores of Slipper Hill Reservoir.

3.With water to your right

walk along the embankment to just before it bends right. Here by two noticeboards

take the path leading sharply down hill to a metal gate.

Using the stile cross to a lane and turn left. Walk a short distance and after passing between gateposts turn right

over a stone stile to take a path leading up hill. Keep a fence and then a wall to the left aim to a field corner on the left.

Cross a stone stile and on a more definite path walk up to a wooden stile over a fence.

(Incidentally there is a fine view of Pendle Hill from this point.) On the far side bear slightly left to drop to a stile leading onto a lane.

Now on national Cycle Route 68 you can follow this back into Alkincoats Park. Cross the lane to a broad drive which quickly brings you to an upper entrance of the park.

Here paths and tracks to the right lead back towards the start.

POI The Leeds-Liverpool Canal. This year sees the 200th anniversary of the completion of the main line of the canal. At 127 miles it is the longest waterway in the north of England connecting the industrial heartlands of the wool and cotton industries to the great port of Liverpool. There are many planned events connected with the anniversary. Check out for details.

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