Walk: Bilsborrow


Here’s a bus pass walk for you. Take the Lancaster bus (40/41) from Preston bus station and then walk across to Longridge returning to Preston on the regular service from the town centre.

1) From the entrance to Barton Grange cross the A6 turn right and walk down to the Landover dealers. Turn left on a footpath that crosses the car park to a footbridge crossing the railway.

Continue on a footpath that follows the River Brock under the M6 motorway, then 300yds beyond the motorway cross a footbridge and continue on a path leading up to a lane by New Bridge.

Cross to a stone squeeze stile and follow the path that edges alongside a property at the far side of which cross a stile into a large field.

Still with the river to the left, though obscured by trees, keep ahead until you arrive at Walmsley Bridge. Cross the bridge and turn right onto a footpath taking you back alongside the river. After 1⁄2 mile the path enters a large long field and bears left to meet a track on the edge of woodland.

Turn right on the track and follow it through woods until you reach the picnic site at Brockmill.

2) Turn right on the lane and cross the bridge. Keep on the lane as it climbs steadily to arrive on Bleasdale Lane in a little under 3⁄4 mile. Turn right and then almost immediately right over a stile.

Follow the footpath across a field to a wooden footbridge. After this follow the path as it steeply climbs to reach Beacon Fell Country Park crowned with a dense plantation of conifers. Cross the one way road – traffic comes from the right – and continue on a broad track that brings you close to the visitors centre.

Since you are here you might as well climb to the trig point (keep ahead on a track leading up to a junction – turn left for the highest point) and one of the best viewpoints in Northern England.

3) Returning to the visitors centre and a natural place to take refreshment return to the route by turning left onto the road and following it to Combleholme Lane.

Turn right and descend to Combleholme Fold. Beyond it where the lane bends to the right turn left onto a path that crosses a patch of woodland to enter pastureland.

Cross a stile by a wooden gate and then bear right following a fence line that takes you down to Fellside Farm. Turn right through its yard to follow the drive to Church Lane. Turn left. There follows 1⁄2 mile of road walking.

At the junction with Syke House Lane turn left. Keep ahead past Bullsnape Lane and then turn right opposite cottages onto a footpath waymarked as part of the Lancashire Cheese Trail. After the next stile bear left and then on the far side of the field turn right on a path taking you alongside Bullsnape Hall.

Keep ahead over a series of three stiles to cross a large pasture. Cross the next large field to Inglewhite Road. (Note this is arable so depending on the season you may need to edge round it to avoid trampling on crops – best go left if you have to do this.)

Once on the lane turn left and soon arrive at the ancient Horns Inn.

4) Keep ahead at the lane junction and where the road bends to the left take a footpath on the right. This leads through an overgrown area to a wooden footbridge.

The idea now is to traverse farmland to Ashley Lane almost a mile distant. Keep ahead up a rise and then bear slightly right following a line of trees (remnant hedge?) to a footbridge.

Keep in the same direction to the rise ahead. At a concrete track go through a metal gate and follow a farm track with a hedge to the right. After the next stile continue for 200yds then turn right into the adjoin field.

The path drops diagonally to Ashley Lane. Turn right and then left through a commercial estate at Sandbank.

Past the buildings to reach a drive leading to Whittingham Lane. Turn left for Longridge.