LET’S TAKE THE DOG
This is a circular walk from Sawley to Downham then on to Chatburn. Keep dogs on a lead where appropriate
The walk starts at the stile found in the Spread Eagle car park. Bear right (140°) walk over the field to the stone stile and continue to the small gate. Cross the track and continue through the wood alongside the beck. After two further gates the track leads to the A59. Cross with care. Over the stile head for the left-hand slope of Pendle (140°). Go through the double metal gate, after the next stile follow the hedge on the left to the next stile. The path goes across the field to the next stile. Aim about 100 yds to the left of the far right hand corner. After the stile walk downhill to the old stone pack-horse bridge over Swanside Beck.
After crossing look for the stone stile on the left and follow the wood around to the railway bridge. Continue to follow the edge of the wood to a double gate and on to the road. Cross the road and follow the track to the wood yard. Waymarkers are seen on the right which lead uphill over Downham Green. The path follows the escarpment to the wood seen in the distance. The path now goes uphill alongside the edge of the wood into Downham. (55 mins)
From the Assheton Arms walk downhill to Downham Beck, turn right at the bridge. The path starts at a stile found between two cottages. Follow the fence on the right to the next stile. The path now bears slightly left away from the stone wall across the field to the next stile. Yet a fourth squeezer stile is encountered at the foot of Worsaw Hill. The path is easy and follows the contour of the hill around to the right. A gentle climb takes walkers to the right of Warren Hill. At the top Chatburn comes into view and after a steep descent the straight path continues to the A59. Again cross with care and follow the alley into Chatburn. Turn left at the first street and walk downhill to the Brown Cow on the road. (45 mins)
The return to Sawley is straight forward following the Ribble Way. Walk downhill from the side of the Brown Cow to meet the Ribble and follow the concessionary path to Grindleton Bridge. The Ribble Way continues following the other bank. The path eventually leaves the river at a stile which directs the walker across the field heading for Bowland High seen in the distance. Cross the beck at the footbridge just before the ladder stile. Walk uphill bearing left to the stile and then onto the road.Turn right along the road to Sawley. (60 mins)
With thanks to Michael Wainright of Fellscape
For full details please go to the Fellscape website: www.fellscape.co.uk