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Five great walks near Northlight

27 Mar 2020 –– Community

What are the best walks near Northlight?

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill is one of the most iconic landmarks in Lancashire, standing at 1,827 ft tall and famous for the trials of the Pendle Witches in 1612, it's also one of the most visited of our top five walks in Lancashire.

The Pendle Hill walk is a straightforward circular five-mile walk, although there is a shorter route for those looking for a more leisurely stroll.

The walk itself starts from the village of Barley, (just 4 miles from Northlight), and it takes you via one of the Black Moss Reservoirs, then up the steepest part of the hill. Although the path is quite steep it's not too long and is paved out with steps where the rock has eroded, which make it relatively easy to climb. Once at the top of the hill take in the stunning views across the Yorkshire Dales and The Forest of Pendle. The descent brings you down by Ogden Reservoir where you have an easy one-mile walk back to Barley, where you can enjoy a coffee, or maybe something stronger, at one of the village pubs, try The Barley Mow or The Pendle Inn.

If you're considering an apartment at Northlight, many of our apartments benefit from spectacular views of Pendle Hill.

Towneley Park

Towneley Park, located in Burnley, (just four miles from Northlight), is home to Towneley Hall, a 14th Century historic house, art gallery and museum located in 400 acres of stunning parkland. The parkland is home to many beautiful trees and shrubs as well as a traditional Victorian flower garden.

The woodland that surrounds Towneley Hall has nature trails filled with many outdoor woodland sculptures. There are four different walks available at Towneley Park, ranging from 0.5 miles to 1.8 miles, where you'll pass beautiful lakes, an 18 hole golf course and even a bird reserve.

You can find out more about the available walks and download a map of the parkland here.

Brierfield and Pendle Way canal

Located right on the edge of Northlight is the Leeds and Liverpool canal, which offers up 127 miles of walking, boating and wildlife.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Britain, it passes through East Lancashire and then crosses Pennine countryside and picturesque villages before reaching Leeds.

You'll have the option of walking in the direction of Colne or Burnley, both routes offer plenty of stunning views, wildlife and there are ample places to divert off for a spot of lunch.

Reedley Marina is just 1 mile along the canal where you can hop on a boat tour with afternoon tea included at the Kingfisher Waterside Bistro.


Wycoller is a stunning isolated village on the outskirts of Colne, (just 7 miles from Northlight). The village is full of traditional stone houses, the famous Atom, designed by Peter Meacock with Katarina Novomestka and Architecture Central Workshop, and the ruins of Wycoller Hall.

The Wycoller Panopticon walk is just over 1.5 miles long and starts at the car park where you follow a path towards Foster's leap. The walk can quite easily be completed in an hour. It takes you past a farmhouse and former barn of Foster's Leap Farm where there's a good view of Foster's Leap Rock.

You'll pass ponds, waterfalls, historical farmhouses and be immersed in stunning countryside views throughout.

You can find a full instructional guide to the walk and a map here.

Wayfair Arts Trail

Burnley's Singing Ringing Tree is part of the Wayside Arts Trail, (just 6 miles from Northlight). The Wayside Arts Trail is full of wonderful surprises, one of them being the Singing Ringing Tree, a sculptural collaboration between LAND, the Forest of Burnley and other local partners to create a family-oriented walk. It's a unique musical sculpture which literally sings, a low, tuneful song, by harnessing wind energy.

The Wayfair Arts Trail was mapped to create a collaborate landscape between the section of Burnley Way from Towneley Park up to the Panopticon site at Crown Point, creating a family-friendly walk for the East Lancashire Regional Park.

You can find full directions and a map of the Wayfair Arts Trail here. 

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