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Whalley and Sabden Circular Route

MODERATE 3 reviews

Whalley and Sabden Circular Route is a 10.0 kilometer loop trail located near Little Mitton, Lancashire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 255 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips



wild flowers


A circular walk starting from a picnic site close to the village of Whalley in Lancashire. The route explores the hidden valley of Sabden Brook, between the Spring Wood picnic site and the village of Sabden. At any time of year this is a delightful place, made all the more pleasurable by the fact that it is so infrequently visited. In autumn its beauty is enhanced by the changing colour of its many trees. What is immediately striking about Sabden, is the industrial heritage in a charming rural setting. An old mill chimney survives in a street of terraced housing. In the 19th century the high quality of the water was ideal for calico printing. At its height there were seven mills in Sabden employing more than 2,000 people. More recently, Sabden has claims to be one of the world's great centres of treacle mining, but that is most definitely another story. The terrain is moderate with several steady climbs and descents throughout. The walk follows a mixture of grass paths across fields, farm tracks, village pavements plus two stretches of road walking. You will be sharing some of the pastures with sheep and cattle and you will also cross a horse paddock. You will need to negotiate gates, kissing gates, footbridges plus around 15 stiles. The stiles include fence stiles and stone wall stiles, and some are enclosed so dogs may need a lift over. The final stretch follows the edge of a golf course so take care of any stray flying golf balls. Allow 3 hours.

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