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Top 5 Walks Under 5 Miles

Exploring the Lancashire countryside can throw up some beautiful sights and natural habitats of some of the rarest wildlife in the country. From the flat plains of West Lancashire to the rugged moorland of the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire has some stunning sights, and some breathtaking walks to take them all in with. So swap your Easirent hire car for your walking boots and go exploring in the Lancashire hills – maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about the local history while you’re there.

1. Brontes in Pendle

This circular, four and a half mile walk starts in the village of Twarden and passes by 17th century farmhouses and the beautiful Lumb Spout, before descending into Wycoller, a town with famous connections to the Bronte sisters. Park up your Easirent hire car at the Rock pub in Twarden and head for the rolling hills of Lancashire; the walk takes in some stunning bridges, rivers and farmland. Walkers wishing to extend the route can climb Boulsworth Hill along the way; the two mile extension includes natural gritstone sculptures and a breathtaking view from the summit.

2. Creamy Lancashire Cheese Trail

Lancashire is famous for its cheese, so what better way to get acquainted with the area than on a creamy cheese trail? One for the cheese lovers, the trail is a four mile walk around the historic village of Chipping and is based around the Leagram Organic Dairy. The dairy has been made famous in the area by the well known cheese demonstrator Bob Kitching, who has collected many cheese making artefacts over the years. Part way through the walk, you will pass through the area of Chipping Moss, an important breeding ground for many different species of birds, so make sure that you take your camera.

3. Rawthenstall and Cribden Hill

Starting at the Whitaker Museum and Gallery, the Rawthenstall and Cribden Hill walk is a five mile route that should take you approximately two and a half hours to complete. Taking in tarmac paths, tracks, grass paths and natural hillside routes, the walk passes via the Halo, a striking Panopticon which can be spotted from miles around.

4. J.R.R. Tolkien Walk

Follow in the footsteps of the world famous author J.R.R. Tolkien with this five mile walk which starts and finishes at Hurst Green in the stunning Ribble Valley. While penning the famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien and family were known to have stayed in the grounds of the nearby Stonyhurst College. Pass over Cromwell’s Bridge and through Jumbles Farm on this lovely Lancashire trail.

5. Gawthorpe Circular

Suitable for walkers of most capabilities, the Gawthorpe Circular is a four mile walk which includes a few hill climbs and rough pathways along the route. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Blackburn town centre depot and head to Padiham, the Anglo-Saxon settlement named after Padda, an Anglo-Saxon Cheiftain. The walk offers plenty of opportunities to view wildlife along the way, including heron, woodpeckers and roe deer.

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