Best trails in Preston, Lancashire

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Looking for a great trail near Preston, Lancashire? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lyme Park or Clifton County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 36 moderate trails in Preston ranging from 1.7 to 16.7 miles and from 39 to 1,738 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Preston, Lancashire
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#1 - Nab's Head, Samlesbury Bottoms and Hoghton Bottoms
Preston, Lancashire, England
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Note: As of June 2020, the trail map has been updated due to the bridge over the river Darwin in Hoghton bottoms no longer exists and the farmer has closed off the path to to get from the road to the old bridge. This walk is mainly on paths and farm tracks (some muddy) but starts and ends on quiet lanes and roads, and is rural throughout with the odd cottage or mill (mainly converted to dwellings) passed en route. The hamlet of Samlesbury Bottoms does still have a working mill devoted to pet food manufacture. The riverside paths beside the River Darwen at Hoghton Bottoms are especially pleasing. It was once a handloom weaving colony. Later, 2 cotton mills Higher Mill and Lower Mill were built but closing in 1971. Shuttles were also manufactured at Vale Shuttle Works. It is near the railway line from Blackburn to Preston, with Hoghton Tower viaduct being a prominent feature. Alum Scar is where alum, which was worth a lot of brass, was mined. It was used to “fix” dyes to cloth. The bridge over the brook at Alum Scar has recently been refurbished and is Grade II listed, having been built prior to 1800. The bridge carries a bridleway which, many years ago would have been used for transporting the alum. Ascending from Alum Scar, lanes are followed back to Nab’s Head where if you have timed it right you might enjoy a drink or food (12.30 - 2.00).Show more
#2 - Fair Snape Fell and Parlick
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
A moderately strenuous circular walk near Chipping starting with Saddle Fell then Wolf Fell before taking in the twin summits of Fair Shape fell, before finishing with Patrick. This way round finishes with a steep descent overlooking the gliding club. The Forest of Bowland is a 'Forest' because it was once a Royal Hunting Forest and not because of any trees. It is a wide open area of grouse moors and until recently the preserve of game-keepers. Access rights have made this area a lot more popular. The route is easy taking in Saddle Fell, Wolf Fell, Fair Snape Fell and Parlick which under the right conditions is a hang gliders mecca. It is also a very good introduction for those who are who not familiar with the Bowland area. Much has been achieved to encourage a sustainable management of the area by improving heather cover, protect bird populations repair walls and enhance the landscape. The word snape means pasture, thus Fair Snape Fell means "fell of the fair (beautiful) pasture".Show more
#3 - Nicky Nook Circular
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#4 - Boilton Marsh Circular Walk
Brockholes Nature Reserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
The Brockhole Visitor Centre is a 'floating village' on account of it being located on a flood plain and is designed to fit into its natural environment. The village also aims to leave one of the smallest carbon footprints of any UK visitor attraction. Brockhole is operated by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust who work across the region to give wildlife a helping hand. Brockhole was a disused sand and gravel quarry. They have been adapted to create habitats for wild flower meadows, reed beds, native woodland as well as a haven for wading birds. Apart from special events, a reserve walk is organized every Sunday at 1.30pm and a mid-week meander at 1.30pm every Wednesday. For this route follow the blue 'reserve trail' for most of the way, and then take the river-side path.Show more
#5 - Grize Dale
Preston, Lancashire, England
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Walk past the bowling green and turn left up Tithe Barn lane beside it to start the walk. The noise of the motorway rescinds as you continue on your journey. Please note this is a Pheasant shooting area. Show more
#6 - Beacon Fell Circular
Preston, Lancashire, England
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 52 m
#7 - Cuerden Valley
Cuerden Valley Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 44 m
#8 - The River Ribble in Preston
Avenham Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
As of August 2019, the same bridge connecting Aveham Park and the local bike trail is still closed, but you can easily go around. This route takes in Avenham and Miller Parks and both banks of the River Ribble crossing this at London Road and Penwortham Bridges. Avenham and Miller parks were created in 1860's when the area was suffering a cotton famine due to the American Civil War. Funds were provided by Joseph Livesey who was born in Walton-le-Dale. He was a newspaper editor, philanthropist and social reformer. He is best known as a founding member of the Temperance Movement. Overlooking Miller Park is the Park Hotel c1850, at which Queen Victoria stayed. It is now County Council offices. There is also a statue of the Earl of Derby who served two terms as Prime Minister. Avenham Park has had a major makeover. The new pavilion built in 2005 cost £1.3 million and includes cafe, toilets, meeting and function rooms. The 'Swiss Chalet' however predates much of the park being erected in 1850. Avenham Walks : The 'Top' or 'Ladies' Walk also predates the park and was purchased in 1697 for £15. The 'Middle' and 'Lower' walks were added later. The Harris Institute  seen at the start of the 'Top Walk' is in the 'classical' style and was named after a prominent local lawyer who left money for the building of 'An Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge'. Avenham Tower, the imposing italianate town house was built in 1850 and for a time was the home of Edwin Henry Booth, the founder of E H Booth's supermarket. The two cannons on the 'Lower Walk' are replicas of Russian cannons brought back from the siege of Sebastopol which involved Preston based regiments. The 'Tram-Way Bridge' was completed in 1803 to link the North and South ends of the Lancaster Canal, which also required the construction of three 'incline plains' powered by steam winches. A tunnel was also constructed under Fishergate, now used to gain access to a car park. The original bridge was of wood, this is now a replica using precast concrete for the trestle style construction. The London Road Bridge dates from 1782 but has since been widened. A bridge has spanned the Ribble here since 1403. During the English Civil War the Battle of Preston took place nearby. The main west-coast line crosses the river to enter Preston Station. The other railway bridge closed in 1970's and was called the East Lancs viaduct. It was also part of the Preston 'ioop' where trains could exit Preston station southwards, travel round 'the loop' and re-enter the station going north. It was mainly used for 'specials' traveling to and from Blackpool to the north. The Penwortham Old Bridge was built in 1759 to replace a bridge that collapsed after just 1yr - oops!! The current Penwortham Bridge was built in 1915 on the site of an old ship-repair yard.Show more
#9 - Fair Snape Fell and Paddy's Pole
Preston, Lancashire, England
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Park at Fell Foot and go round through the farms and fields up Withy Bank to Fiensdale Head across to the summit of Fair Snape and down via Parlick. It is interesting to look down at Bleasdale Circle, the the bronze age timber circle, and imagine what life must have been like here two or three thousand years ago.Show more
#10 - Haighton Manor and Fulwood Park Wood Walk
Preston, Lancashire, England
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
A circular pub walk from Haighton Manor near Preston in Lancashire. Haighton Manor is a real gem, ideal for refreshments before or after your walk. The walking route explores the area to the south taking in the bluebell woodland, Fulwood Park Wood, meadows, pastures and quiet lanes that surround the pretty stream, Savick Brook and the historic Haighton House. These paths are not busy thoroughfares and so, if you are lucky, you may well come across deer, hares or kestrels in the meadows on the way round. The walk has just a few gentle slopes, but nothing too steep. The paths are a mixture of quiet tarmac lanes, unmade woodland paths and grass paths across meadows and pastures, meaning some stretches can get muddy at times. The first and last stretch follows the edge of Haighton Green Lane so take care of traffic at this point. You might come across cattle in some of the fields. You will need to cross 14 stiles, most of which are enclosed with wire fencing so dogs will need a lift over. (Two of the enclosed stiles are in a stile-sleeper bridge-stile combination which will make it tricky to carry larger dogs over). Allow 2 hours. Show more
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