15 great places for Autumn family walks in Lancashire

With a chill in the air and darker nights on the way, we've put together some lovely autumnal walking spots in Lancashire.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:36 am
Get out and enjoy the colours of the season
Get out and enjoy the colours of the season

Here are some of our top picks for places to enjoy the great outdoors and get that step count up! Finer detail of any of these walks can be found at lancashirewalks.com

Start: Hurst Grange Park, Hill Road entrance, PR1 9XH Distance: Six miles Time: Three to four hours Grade: Easy Map: OS Explorer 286 Blackpool and Preston
Start: Chipping Village car park, PR3 2QH Distance: Seven miles Time: Three to four hours Grade: Moderate. Map: OS OL 41 The Forest of Bowland
Start: Newton village car park. BB7 3EB Distance: Seven miles Time: Three to four hours Grade: The climbing comes in the first part of the walk. The second half of the route is a pleasant riverside amble. Map: OS OL 41 The Forest of Bowland.
Start: Roddlesworth Café and Information Centre BB3 0PA Distance: Six miles Time: Three hours Grade: Much of the walk is easy but there are two climbs – the second of which has over 600 feet of ascent Map: OS Explorer 286 West Pennine Moors
Start: Sabden Village pay and display car park, BB7 9EW Distance: Six miles Time: Three hours Grade: Much of the walk is easy but there are two moderate climbs Map: OS Explorer 286 West Pennine Moors
Start: Car park in Alder Lane playing fields, Bramble Lane, Parbold. SD 49511041 Distance : 7 miles Time: 3 hours Grade: Moderate due to steep hills Map: OS Explorer 285 Southport and Chorley
Start: Berkeley Drive car park, Bamber Bridge, PRESTON PR5 6BY Distance : 4.2 miles Time: 2 hours Grade: Easy; metalled roads and tracks, gravel footpaths, some muddy patches, six flights of steps, gates, but no stiles. Map: OS Explorer 1:25,000 286 Blackpool & Preston
Start: Cuerden Valley Park. Lower Kem Mill Car Park (Pay & display). PR6 7EA Distance : 3 miles Time: 1.5 - 2 hours Grade: Easy walking on well-maintained paths and cycle track Map: OS Explorer 285 Southport & Chorley
Start: The Corporation Arms Longridge PR3 2YJ Distance : 3.8 miles Time: 2-3 hours Grade: Easy with gentle inclines Map: OS Explorer 287 The West Pennine Moors
Start: Spring Wood Picnic Site Accrington Road near Whalley Distance : 5.5 miles Time: 3 hours Grade: Overall easy but with two climbs. The route involves crossing the A59 twice which is at most times of day a busy road. Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors
Start: Hoghton Village Hall car park PR5 0SG Distance : 8 miles Time: 4-5 hours Grade: Moderate - the route has three climbs two shortish and one involving 1⁄2 mile of steady ascent from the River Darwin to Alum Scar. Map: Map: OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors
Start: Bristow Avenue car park, Haslam Park, Ashton-on-Ribble, PRESTON, PR2 1JE Distance : 3.1 miles Time: 2 hours Grade: Easy, metalled and graded paths, with some muddy patches on the canal towpath Map: OS Explorer 1:25,000 286 Blackpool & Preston
Start: Heysham Village car park LA3 2RW Distance : 7 miles Time: 3-4 hours Grade: Easy Map: OS Explorer 296 Lancaster, Morecambe & Fleetwood
Start: UCLAN Sports Arena car park, Tom Benson Way, Ingol, PRESTON PR2 1SG Distance : 3.8 miles Time: 1-2 hours Grade: Easy. Mostly along graded or metalled paths, a canal towpath and a short stretch across an open field. Map: OS Explorer 286 Blackpool and Preston
Start: Howick Cross PR1 0NR Distance : 4 miles Time: 2-3 hours Grade: Easy Map: OS Explorer 286 Blackpool & Preston