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Dave H


This is an easy 5 mile walk through some lovely countryside. According to my Cicerone guide book, Waddington is one of the loveliest Lancashire villages. It is a picture-postcard typical English village with a babbling brook running through the middle. King Henry VI took refuge in Waddington Old Hall for a short while in 1465, which is located in the centre of the village. Waddington is located in the Ribble Valley, near to Clitheroe and in the shadow of Pendle Hill. When I did the reccy recently, Pendle Hill was covered in snow and looked amazing.

This circular walk takes us from Waddington to the pretty village of West Bradford and back. We cross and follow the River Ribble along a mix of well-defined paths, fields etc. Part of the walk goes through a scupture trail and Cross Hill Quarry Local Nature Researve. Its a fairly flat walk with one or two small inclines but was very muddy in places so sturdy boots or wellingtons highly recommended and waterproofs incase of wet weather! The walk should take us about 3-4 hours. 

There are no cafes etc on the route so please bring your own snack/drinks etc and we’ll stop on the route for lunch.

Breakfast – For those of you who wish to arrive early, there is a lovely cafe in the centre of the village called the Country Kitchen which provides home cooked snacks, cakes and breakfast. Dogs are welcome. Its open till 5pm on Sundays. (The meet point is a 5-10 min walk from the centre of the village/cafe – from the church, follow Belle Vue Lane uphill onto Edisford Road and onto Twitter Lane.) 

Post-walk meal – there are a number of pubs in the village for post-walk drinks and I propose to have a drink/meal at one of these: Waddington Arms  or Higher Buck after the walk, depending on availability. If you fancy a meal, I’ll aim to reserve a table (for 5pm) – at the start of the walk once numbers of walkers wanting the meal are confirmed. If you know in advance that you’ll be up for the meal please let me know.  

Start Point and Time

Meet at 12.30pm at the free car park located next to a sports field/playground on Twitter Lane, Waddington (nearest postcode I could find is BB7 3LQ – the car park is just further along the lane). There is some limited onstreet parking in the village but as the walk starts from the meet point, avoiding the village, you’ll need to make your way upto the meeting point (see directions above from the cafe)

Directions to Start

Waddington is 2 miles north-west of Clitheroe on the B6478 and 5 mins from the A59. Its just over an hours drive from Manchester city centre.

Contact phone number

07929 829284

Waddington Feb 2018 smaller res