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Wycoller Panopticon Trail is a 1.6 mile loop trail located near Colne, Lancashire, England and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching

A circular walk around Wycoller Country Park. The walk begins at the Panopticon, a modern structure that acts as both a sheltered viewing point and a beautiful object in the landscape. The route takes in hillside sheep pastures, the pretty Wycoller Beck with its beautiful old bridges and the remains of Wycoller Hall, believed to have been the inspiration for Ferndean Manor, in Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre. IMPORTANT NOTE: The footpath across the hillside pasture between Fosters Leap and Parson Lee farms can be very boggy at times and can pose a danger of walkers getting stuck when at its wettest. For this reason, this walk is best reserved for the drier months of the year (when you will probably not even see a drop of mud). The walk has a gradual descent at the start of the walk and the equivalent climb at the end. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, steps and a couple of narrow footbridges but there are no stiles. You will be sharing many of the pastures with sheep so take care with dogs. There are public toilets at the picnic site about two-thirds of the way round. Approximate time 1 hour.

Absolutely stunning walk. Hill views, beautiful brooks with bridges, wildlife, wildflowers, history... just great!

11 months ago

kids loved it here, plenty to see and do and just enough to tire them out

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