Aldington
 

It would be difficult to find a walk of more contrasts than this one – quiet country lanes and a roaring motorway, delightful hidden valleys and modern commercial estates, natural waterways and man made waterways – all of which contribute to an interesting and sometimes surprising route on Lancashire’s southern border.

Start. Small car park off Park Road, opposite entrance to White Bear Marina PR7 4HZ
 

Distance: 8 miles 13k

Time: 4 - 5 hours
 

Grade: Moderate

Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors

 

 Walk by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the car park return to the canal bridge cross it, turn left in front of the Bridge Inn onto a ramp down to the towpath then turn left under the bridge. With the canal to your right keep on the towpath for 1 ½ miles to reach bridge number 73.

 

Leave the canal of the far side of the bridge cross it to join a farm road and soon after cross

 

a recently replaced railway bridge. As you arrive at a junction turn left and cross a stile by a metal gate. Now on a rutted track keep on it as it turns right away from the railway and soon after enters woodland. At the first junction of tracks

 

turn left and then just before a brown (or rusty) metal gate

 

turn right on a narrow footpath that follows a fence through pastureland. To the left across the fields the River Yarrow winds its way towards Chorley. The path leads to

 

a cluster of commercial buildings at Limbrick. Keep ahead through the yard to arrive at Long lane.

2. Turn left. Cross the road, pass the Black Horse

 

and then just after the road bridge turn right on a path

 

that takes you behind the Black Horse alongside the River Yarrow. The next part of the walk follows the river. The path leads through the yard of a large property to join Back Lane

 

immediately in front of the M61. Pass under the motorway and then turn right on a footpath

 

which after passing by a platform of pipeworks crosses a stile to reach the Yarrow Valley. Keeping the river to your right continue upstream. At a waymarked post keep ahead

 

for a further 600yds. A wooden footbridge appears on the right -

 

here turn left on a back leading gently uphill to arrive on Back Lane. Turn left at Taylors Farm

 

and then after 50 yds turn right onto a footpath

 

that follows the base of a reservoir embankment. The path leads across marshy ground to much firmer footing

 

above the shore of Anglezarke Reservoir. Keep to the right of a wall

 

and follow it to Knowsley Lane. Turn left and cross the embankment

 

separating Anglezarke from Rivington Reservoirs. On the far side take a bridleway leading uphill into woodland on the right. When this reaches a broad track

 

below the embankment of Yarrow Reservoir turn right again. Keep on this for 600yds to the next junction.

 

Turn right again. This track leads down to Horrobin Lane.

 

3. Turn right. Cross the embankment separating Rivington Upper and Lower Reservoirs and continue up Horrobin Lane to its junction with New Road.

 

Turn left. Keep ahead for a little under 500yds to reach the drive of Anderton Centre. Here turn right cross the road to join a footpath

 

leading through trees to cross the M61 over a footbridge.

 

For the rest of the route you are on the Adlington Circular Walk which is well waymarked.

 

After taking you along Shawes

 

and its elegant houses it crosses the A673 Bolton Road to enter a wooded vale

 

and soon after joining the River Douglas to the left. After passing below the railway viaduct

 

the path reaches a service road which passes an old factory lodge to the left

 

and then weaves its way through a large commercial estate to a junction with Chorley Road the A6.

 

Cross and turn left and continue to Waterhouse Bridge. Just before it on the boundary between Lancashire and Bolton turn right on a riverside path

 

leading through woodland to the canal aqueduct which crosses the river.

 

To access the tow path pass under it and turn right to ascend the ramp.

 

From here it is about 500yds to your starting point - bridge 69.

POI The Marina Café

 

 

opposite the car park is run as a social enterprise by Brothers of Charity Service Lancashire based at Lisieux Hall. For over 80 years BoCS has been supporting adults with learning disabilities. The café which is open Monday to Fridays is very popular with walkers, cyclists, boat owners and local residents. It has a warm inviting atmosphere, friendly service and serves delicious food.