The next few years will see the township of Longridge expand considerably as proposed housing developments are completed. This is part of a wider national picture where it has been recognised that over the past four decades insufficient housing has been built to meet the needs of a growing population. This has its genesis in the “Right to Buy” policy of Mrs Thatcher’s Conservative Government of 1979 – 1983 which gave council tenants the opportunity to buy their council house as considerable discount from market prices and with easy access to mortgages. Part of the problem lies not with the general principle of the policy which proved very popular in some parts of the country but with the fact that local government was not permitted to reinvest receipts made from selling off housing stock into building new houses. Successive governments have failed to remedy this flaw and so the shortfall developed. Now there is a strong urge to make it up. What is occurring north of Preston and around Longridge provides the visible sign of new political and social realities. New housing estates are springing up everywhere – many on green field sites. This walk around Longridge may not be possible in a few years’ time. 

Fact file

Start. Lower Road not far from the Corporation Arms PR3 2YJ


Distance 6miles (10k)

Time: 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours

Grade: Mainly easy

Map: OS Explorer 286 Blackpool & Preston and OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors


 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press


1. From the Corporation Arms car park turn right on the Blackburn Road and walk for 250yds coming to a bridle way on the right. Pass through a gate


and walk up the enclosed track leading gently uphill to a drive.


As this bends left follow it onto Higher Road. Turn right and then left


onto Chaigley Road. Part way down turn right into John Smith's Playing Fields.


Follow the main path downhill past the children's playground and at a fork branch right to exit the park picking up the line of a disused railway.


Keep on this for 250yds then bear left alongside the substantial farm of Billingtons. As this reaches the main drive (Lord's Lane) turn left


and follow it down to Longridge Road. Turn left. At the first bend cross to join a footpath on the right


leading along a drive to Lancaster Farm. As the drive swings right bear left into a green lane which can be quite soggy after wet weather. Keep on this until it brings you to Inglewhite Road


opposite Belmont Garage.

2. Cross the road, turn left and walk down to Halfpenny Lane. Turn right and walk the entire length of Halfpenny Lane - a little under half a mile. Turn left onto Whittingham Lane. After 300yds turn right onto Green Nook Lane. This soon downgrades to a farm drive passing Higher Green Nook farm and a row of cottages.


A ¼ mile further along the drive begins to bend to the right. Here take a path on the left, cross Savick Brook


and edge along the side of a fence of an industrial estate. After crossing Shay Lane keep ahead on a footpath between commercial units to emerge onto playing fields. Turn right before the changing rooms - a low brick built block and cross the pitches


to a footbridge on the far side.


Cross this and turn immediately left. After the next footbridge keep ahead to join a track of sorts leading to the rear of Daniel's Farm.


Keep ahead through the farm yard to join a drive leading onto Preston Road.

3. Turn left. After 300yds turn right into Pinfold Lane.


In a little under half a mile this arrives at a junction with the grassy slopes of Alston Reservoir No 1 before you.


Turn left onto a rutted track that is Chapel Brow. This leads between the two Alston Reservoirs towards St Lawrence's Church. After passing the end of the reservoir on the right take a footpath on the right leading alongside a hedge.


Keep on this for 350yds to reach a footpath on the left accessed by a small ladder stile


and close to eco-houses.


Follow the path to a drive and follow this to reach Lower Lane.


Turn right for the starting point.