NORTH WEST ENGLAND
ANGLEZARKE AND LEICESTER MILL QUARRIES
This attractive picnic area overlooking Anglezarke Reservoir has parking areas and is a popular hill top viewpoint overlooking South West Lancashire. The disused quarries and the Anglezarke Woodland Trail around the adjacent reservoir reveal delightful countryside landscapes. The nearby Clough offers a fascinating country walk along the valley which contains the remains of an 18th century lead mine, of which the waterwheel pit, pumping shaft and stream sluices can still be seen. The car park of the Anglezarke Woodland Trail now enables wheelchair access into this pleasant wooded area.
This site is on the edge of the Clougha Access Area about 5 km from Lancaster. It affords good walking throughout the Access Area and to Clougha Pike 413 m above sea level.
BALL GROVE PICNIC SITE
Situated just off the A6068, the main Colne to Keighley road about 1.5 km out of Colne.
There are some very pleasant riverside walks. Access to the Bronte Way is also possible.
BARLEY PICNIC SITE
Information Centre at Barley (Tel: 01282 60189)
There are many footpaths in the area and good walks can be obtained between Barley and the picturesque villages of Rimington and Downham in the shadow of Pendle Hill. home of the Lancashire witches.
There are extremely pleasant walks along the Lune Valley in this site is located to the east of Caton also in the Lune Valley, and one can walk east towards the lovely villages of Hornby and Gressingham or to the west towards Lancaster. There are also longer walks to the south into Bowland and circular walks can be achieved by way of Littledale, Roeburndale and Caton Moor. There are many varied walks in the area including deeply cut, wooded valleys and moorland walking with impressive views towards the Lake District and the three peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
CALF HEY TRAIL AND PICNIC AREA
Tel: 01204 830162
A picnic area and viewpoint situated in the picturesque Haslingden Grane overlooking the Calf Hey Reservoir. A surfaced track gives access to the excavated remains of Hartley House.
Tel: 01772 264709
Yealand Redmayne, Carnforth
Located off the A6 just a few miles to the north of Carnforth
Cinderbarrow picnic site is an ideal starting point for walks along one of the finest sections of the Lancaster Canal. An intricate network of field-paths and bridleways lead to some of the most historic and picturesque villages in the northwest. A series of illustrated guides are available from Lancashire County Council Environment Directorate.
CLOUGH HEAD QUARRY
Tel: 01706 830162
Situated to the south of Oswaldtwistle Moor
This picnic area offers the visitor toilet and car parking facilities and is an ideal location for starting walks onto the surrounding moors and down into the valley bottom along the Calf Hey Trail and Rossendale Way. An information Centre is open at weekends from Easter to October.
COCKLET HILL PICNIC SITE
Situated in the heart of Bowland this is a forestry commission picnic site on the road from Slaidburn to Stocks Reservoir. In the heart of Bowland it offers a base for many a varied walk around Stocks Reservoir and through Gisburn Forest.
CONDOR GREEN PICNIC AREA AND LUNE ESTUARY COASTAL PATH LANCASTER
A popular picnic site and riverside path alongside the Lune Estuary. Wheelchair access to the coastal path can be gained from Conder Green picnic site towards Glasson Dock in the West and Aldcliffe in the North.
Situated just off the A683 Lancaster to Caton Road.
There are very pleasant riverside walks in both directions along the river in this site which is located in the beautiful Lune Valley. A wheelchair trail enables visitors to enjoy spectacular views of the river and the Lune Valley towards Ingleborough from the old railway viaduct.
DOWNHAM VILLAGE PICNIC SITE
Signposted from the main road through the village.
Footpath access to the village centre.
EDISFORD RECREATION AREA
About 1.5 km out of the town on the B5243 to Longridge
This site which is situated on the River Ribble offers pleasant riverside walks. There are many interesting features to visit if walking from this site.
ENTWISTLE CAR PARK
Located in a beautiful wooded valley, this overlooks the Turton and Entwistle Reservoir.
Situated on the road between Lancaster and Abbeystead
The tower affords good panoramic views over the Lancashire Plain. The site is on the edge of the Clougha Access Area and good walks can be achieved to Grit Fell (467m) and Wards Stone (560m). The site is also on the edge of the Wyre Valley and there are many footpaths which link the historical settlements around the area such as Dolphinholme and Abbeystead and on to the hills to the south such as Grizedale Fell.
LANE ENDS AMENITY AREA
This area is owned by the National Rivers Authority and offers a picnic site and parking. Located on the Lancashire Coastal Way it offers a good base for walks along a tidal embankment.
LEICESTER MILL QUARRIES
A Picnic Site affording magnificent views over Western Lancashire and the chain of reservoirs to the south. The site is adjacent to Rivington Country Park and there are many varied walks that can be undertaken, from those around Anglezarke Reservoir to those on to the Access Areas on Anglezarke and Rivington Moors.
Access can be gained by the C class roads from Caton
Both short and long distance walks can be achieved from this site, which is located in Littledale and provides good opportunities for direct walking on to the Access Areas of Clougha and Baines Crag where substantial views can be obtained.
LORDS LOT WOOD
Over Kellet, Lancaster
These are Forestry Commission sites within Lords Lot Wood and provide pleasant short walks through woodland. One can also walk into the pleasant village of Over Kellet with its limestone built cottages.
LOWER HOUSE CAR PARK
This picnic area lies on the northern edge of the popular Rivington Country Park and is overlooked by the Terraced Gardens and Pigeon Tower, which formed part of Lord Leverhulmes estate in the early 20th Century. Walks through the former exotic gardens lead to Rivington Pike.
MILL HILL PICNIC SITE
Childers Green, Burnley
This site has the remains of an old castle and is next to a wooded area.
NEW HALL HEY
Tel: 01706 211421
A popular picnic site and riverside terrace fashioned out of the local Haslingden flagstone incorporating a Visitor Information Centre.
Tel: 01254 704502
This picnic site lies to the east of the Roddlesworth Reservoir and the Tockholes mixed wood plantation and is a popular starting point for the Roddlesworth Nature Trail.
SCORTON PICNIC SITE
Situated about a mile east of the A6 (Hollins Lane)
This site is on the banks of the River Wyre and offers extremely pleasant walks through lowland country to pretty villages such as Scorton and Dophinholme. For a longer walk, one can follow the Wyre off to Abbeystead nestling in a valley surrounded by the Bowland Fells.
Discovery Centre, Garstang Tel: 01995 602125.
Riverside walks, visitor information and car parking. Good access to the Wyre Estuary, especially for bird watching.
Tel: 01254 704502
A secluded picnic site situated on the edge of a scenic open glade within the Roddlesworth woodland plantation.
SPRING WOOD PICNIC SITE
Situated on the main A671 road
This site provides a good base for walking on to Pendle Hill. Short walks are also available into the historical town of Whalley where one can visit the ancient Abbey or by walking the Woodland Nature Trail around the picnic site.
WARTON CRAG QUARRY
Crag Road, Warton
Car Park and picnic site with extensive views across Morecambe Bay. There are trails laid out within the quarry, one of, which is suitable for wheelchairs. A footpath leads to the local nature reserve but there is no direct access to the summit of Warton Crag.