Our Theme of Sustainable Transport is all about encouraging walking and cycling.
Our Theme of Sustainable Transport is all about encouraging walking and cycling and recognising the additional health benefits of increased physical activity. Walking and cycling are great ways to get out and about and find out about your local environment. Leaving your vehicle at home cuts down on greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions and therefore reduces global climate change; reduces air pollutants; reduces noise and congestion and improves your ecological footprint. Walking and cycling also increases your fitness levels and improves a sense of wellbeing.
We often run our own walks programmes which can include gentle rambles, themed walks such as photography, foraging or mindfulness and longer hikes and try to take in different parts of the Borough. The duration and pace of the walks are tailored to suit the needs of the participants but always designed to take stimulating and interesting routes that enable people to enjoy their surroundings and learn about the natural world at the same time. The idea is that walking in a group helps to prevent loneliness and reduce individual social isolation, encourage social cohesion and help people to make friends, keep fit and get active.
Here is a list of some local walks for you to explore on your own. The local map is Ordnance Survey - Explorer 287 map of West Pennine Moors, Blackburn, Darwen and Accrington. Scale 1:25,000. Always remember to wear appropriate clothing, check the weather forecast and tell someone where you are going. Always follow the Countryside Code.
We are not currently running a programme of Discover Hyndburn guided walks due to Covid-19. These are normally held every two weeks (March to September) and we visit different places around the Borough. We have recently held walks around Woodlands, Stanhill Village, Jackhouse Nature Reserve, Woodnook Vale & Rothwell Heights. and to places of interest across the Hyndburn townships.
During Covid-19 we have developed our led walks into self-guided walk leaflets so that friends and family can experience the walks. We urge all walkers to follow social distancing guidance and walk safely, responsibly and considerately.
The Discover Hyndburn self-guided walk leaflets will be launched on Thursday, 27th August 2020. Visit our Discover Hyndburn page to download a walk.
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The easing of lockdown measures allows more freedom for walkers. However, the advice remains to limit your contact with others. From 4th July, people in England can exercise alone, with members of your household (or support bubble), or with up to 5 other people from outside your household. You should maintain a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m plus mitigations (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2m is not possible. We advise that you always refer to the latest government guidance regarding restrictions that may apply in your local area. UK Government
The Great Oswaldtwistle Walk was started in 1967 by Oswaldtwistle Civic Society.
The annual walk no longer takes place and we think the last one was held in 2004 The walk started from Oswaldtwistle Mills and there were three routes of 11, 15 and 21 miles. We only have the map and no detailed instructions but there are still quite a lot of the 'GOW' waymarkers along the routes.Maps leaflet 2002 walk plus the written instructions for the 2004 walk. Great Oswaldtwistle Walk (15 Miles) Download
- Ossie Heritage 1 Fairy Caves
- Ossie Walk 1 Past Industry
- Ossie Walk 2 The Jenny Jaunt
- Ossie walk 3 Pothouse Promenade
- Ossie Walk 4 Hall Hike
- Ossie Walk 5 Belthorn
*The above walks were developed by Oswaldtwistle Civic Society and the accompanying leaflets were produced during the 1990s.Therefore in order to enjoy these routes please use Ordnance Survey Explorer - West Pennine Moors, Blackburn, Darwen & Accrington Map - OS 287 in conjunction with the leaflets and check that all the PROW are open still on the definitive map.
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