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Three Towers Challenge Walk 

Starting at the Rivington Upper Barn, Lever Park, Horwich and finishing at Holcombe, Ramsbottom, the Three Towers walk visits the towers of  Rivington Pike, Jubilee Tower (Darwen) and Peel Tower which overlooks Bury - the birthplace of Robert Peel.  The route takes in the best of the West Pennine Moors area of Lancashire. The distance is around 37 km / 23 miles. There is much variation: open moorland, woodland and reservoirs are all encountered on a route which is exposed in parts; you should be prepared for muddy/wet ground but you'll be rewarded with some unexpected views.  It is possible to extend this walk to Grants Tower, Ramsbottom. This is now a mound of rubble on the opposite of the Irwell valley to Peel Tower. It was up to 1945 a very ornate building, some of the features are still recognisable though most of the building has collapsed. 

The Witton Weavers Way is a long-distance 32 mile trail of discovery. 

The full Witton Weavers Way circuit can be completed in two days however, within the 32 miles there are also four shorter circular walks that can each be completed during one day, these are: the Beamers; Reelers; Tacklers and Warpers trails.

Although the official start point is Witton Country Park, Blackburn the way can be joined at many alternative points along the way.

Rossendale Way 

A high-level route around Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Whitworth in the Rossendale Valley, crossing the open moors and farmland of the South Pennines which roughly follows the Rossendale Borough boundary. Although generally easy to follow, it does need care in poor conditions.

The Pendle Witches Way Route 

The route itself will take you from the aptly named Pendle Witch Inn in Sabden all the way through the Ribble Valley and The Forest of Bowland to Lancaster Castle. You will travel through the area around Pendle Hill known to Chattox and Demdike and all the other protagonists in the Pendle Witches story before heading North West to the scene of their fate in Lancaster.

Rochdale Way

There is no better way to really see a place than to travel around it on foot. The Rochdale Way is a new circular route around the whole of the Borough of Rochdale. It visits some interesting attractions and passes through some of the area's best-known countryside, as well as some less-well-known areas. The route in its entirety is some 50 miles long and whilst some hardy individuals may well be able to complete this in a day, for the majority it will be best to split the walk up into shorter sections. Most of the route is on public footpaths but where public bridleways are available these have been used so that some sections can be used by horse-riders and cyclists.

Burnley Way

A varied route around Burnley with a wide range of terrain, from the town centre and Calder riverside and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath it passes a number of reservoirs, but it also climbs onto high moorland. It includes the Forest of Burnley woodlands and the wilder South Pennine Moors with the route's highest point at Thieveley Pike. The area's industrial heritage is revealed in places, with evidence of past limestone extraction at Shedden Clough contrasted with the nearby windfarm at Coal Clough.

There are links to the Bronte and Pendle Ways and with the Pennine Bridleway National Trail's Mary Towneley Loop.

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