Grab your walking boots to take advantage of a new updated guide book to striding out in our county.
A bonus of this edition of 100 Walks in Lancashire by Bob Clare is that it highlights a number of the county’s Tramper Trails – routes designed by Lancashire County Council’s Countryside service for people with mobility issues.
Bob said: “I cannot think of anything worse than the feeling that one is confined and cannot get out into the fresh air.
“Tramper trails which can be found in all parts of Lancashire make our beautiful landscapes accessible to all.”
Bob – who writes a walks column for our sister paper, the Lancaster Guardian – describes Lancashire as the walking ‘Cinderella’ to nearby Cumbria and Yorkshire.
He said: “Because the M6 fast tracks visitors up to the Lake District and the Dales, the wonderful walking Lancashire offers can be overlooked.”
Bob was given a tight deadline of just nine months to update the 1995 edition of the book so he called on the help of two walking groups.
The Norwest Fellwalking Club checked a significant number of the book’s descriptions especially in the Forest of Bowland and on the West Pennine Moors.
Bob paid special thanks to secretary David Johnstone who has walked the footpaths of Lancashire for more than half a century, and whose knowledge and experience was a big help.
Bob was also assisted by the Lancashire Dotcom Walkers formed through the Lancashire Walks website which Bob co-founded with John Griffiths in 2007.
100 Walks in Lancashire is published by Crowood Press.