Distance: 3 ½ miles 5.5k
1. From the car park turn right
onto West Lane and almost immediately right onto a footpath.
After a gate the path leads across fields at first with the fence line on the right.
After passing Longlands Wood (also to the right) go through a kissing gate leading into a wide meadow. Here bear slightly left to pick up a waymarked fence end
and then continue to a kissing gate in a corner.
Through this continue over the next field aiming towards the end of Worsaw Hill. After a kissing gate the path follows a stone wall on the left. Just before Worsaw End House turn left through a metal gate
and cross diagonally left to pick up a farm drive.
Follow this to its junction with West Lane.
2.Turn left and then right onto a farm lane
which leads up to Barkerfield Farm.
At the farm follow the lane as it bends left towards Hookcliffe a large farm complex a little over 300yds beyond Barkerfield.
Where the track bears left towards the main buildings go through a kissing gate to the right of a wooden gate
to follow a broad grassy track below the open fellside. After the next gate the track ceases to be grassy -
keep on it until it brings you to Pendle Road.
Turn right and keep on the road for 200yds
before turning left onto a footpath
opposite a small car park.
before climbing up left to a broad grassy shelf close to a stone barn and a pair of benches.
(A more inviting place for a picnic we do not know!) Cross a stone stile in the wall below the barn
and keep ahead close to the right fence line to cross a large pasture
to its far right corner.
Continue in the same direction crossing
the drive of Clay House (to the right) and after a footbridge
keep ahead to the broad meadows close to Downham Beck on the right.
Follow the stream to reach the edge of Downham Village.
When you arrive on Main Street
turn left for the car park.
Little has changed in the village of Downham since it was used as the main location in the 1961 film "Whistle Down the Wind" starring Bernard Lee, Alan Bates and Hayley Mills. The plot centres on a group of children who in the mistaken belief that an escaped convict (Alan Bates) is Jesus, protect him from the authorities. Hayley Mills (14 at the time the film was made) played Kathy the eldest of the children. However many of the others came from local primary schools nearby - especially in Chatburn. More recently Downham featured in the TV series "Born and Bred" starring James Bolam.
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