Welcome to East Lancs LDWA


The East Lancashire group is one of about 40 groups around the country affiliated to the Long Distance Walkers Association. We are a friendly bunch who enjoy the social side of the club as well as the walking. The group secretary's contact details are secretary.eastlancs@ldwa.org.uk  Please contact the group secretary for general enquiries about the group. The group secretary does keep all East Lancs members informed of group news and activities via the LDWA bulk e-mail system. Please update your details on the main LDWA site to ensure you receive these.For other committee members details please click here

 Why not look at our walks programme, see Future Events Our main social walks are at the weekend, normally a Sunday, and these average twenty miles in length. This would take about eight hours to complete and all walkers need to carry enough food and drink to last the day. We like to visit different areas eg the West Pennine Moors, Lune Valley, Yorkshire Dales etc

Please be appropriately equipped for the expected weather conditions and terrain and carry food and drinks for the duration of the walk. All walks are at the pace of the walk leader from whom further details can be obtained and whose decision is final on all walks.

Well behaved dogs (and owners) are allowed on our walks unless stated..


The group also offers Wednesday walks which are shorter in length, from about 12 to 16 miles. Some of these are also Long Distance Paths which are broken down over several dates. Each part of the walk is a good day in itself, do not be put off if you cannot complete the whole path.

In 2017 East Lancs is walking the Wyre Way in four circular stages. Each walk will feature part of the Wyre Way and you will have walked the entire length if you complete all four stages. These walks are approx 16 to 18 miles long and will be held on a Saturday. This gives those who work during the week a chance to build up to longer mileage and walk a recognised LDP. The dates are 24th June, 29th July, 26th August and 9th September.


We also offer some "Plodder" walks on various days. These are slightly shorter and at a more moderate pace. These walks are not advertised in Strider but the details of them will be advertised on the  Future Events section. The contact for the Plodder walks is Don Watson and he can be contacted on don.watson@hotmail.co.uk  Don would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to lead a Plodder walk.

Our Walks programme is compiled by Dave & Alma Walsh. They can be contacted at david.walsh873@btinternet.com

They can help with general enquiries re the walking programme but please contact the Walk Leader for specific enquiries about a particular walk.

These can be found in Strider or here

  East Lancs also offers two challenge events each year. The first is the "Two Crosses" event.  Competitors have the choice of 17 or 25 mile routes which may be walked or run. Food and drink are available at checkpoints on the course and at the finish. In 2017 the event was held on Sunday March 19th. Click here to see the results and pictures from the day.


In 2017 East Lancs will be offering a 50 mile challenge walk, the Red Rose 50. This will be held on the weekend of 16th/17th September. Click here to find out more information.


In 2017 members will be offered two different chances to walk the Red Rose 50 as a social walk. The first option is two 25 mile (approx) walks on Sunday 2nd April and 18th June.The second option is four 12 mile (approx) walks on Wednesday 10th May, 14th June, 12th July and 9th August. These are not circular walks and places must be booked in advance for the coach transport being provided. (charge payable for the coach) See future events for further details.


You will be made very welcome on any of East Lancs walks but please telephone the walks leader beforehand or check this website on the relevant walk to confirm any last minute alterations. 


East Lancs has also helped to develop a series of walks called "A Breath of Fresh Air".Click here to go to the relevant page from which you can download the 5 routes to explore at your leisure. 


The social secretary is Viv Lee and she is always willing to listen and put into action any social event requests. Viv does organise some weekends away as well, click here to go to the  Social Events page for more details.

Please take a few minutes to explore our website. After each walk a short write up is published along with photos if available.  This should give you a good idea of what we get up to! The contact for the website is Hilary Scott at hilary.scott54@sky.com  Contributions about your walking exploits are most welcome. Meeting minutes and other admin information are also published on the website.

We also have Rogues Gallery - pictures of the group out and about. Rogues Gallery 2017.


Our meetings are very social affairs and take place at the Doffcocker Inn, 780 Chorley Old Rd, Bolton BL1 5QD. Please note that we meet in the upstairs room.The meeting is normally the first Tuesday of every month at 8pm. There is a small formal part and then a chance for group members to have a drink and chat together. Why not come along and see if you like us. Better still, pull on those walking boots and join us.

Are these the full shilling?Haigh Hall Strolling

ABC of East LancsStrolling with John

Ready for a Bit of RuffRed Rose 50 Part 1

Wetlands and Waterways group photoDiscovering 20 shades of Grane

Blue Pig Plodding

Looking for the LegionJust what the doctors ordered


Looking for Mr DarcyBeaumont Bashing

Outside the Shoe looking for a PackhorseWalking round my town

Hunters Hill HikingOn Safari


Rumbling in RibchesterWainwright Viewpointing

Park Life startA Stormin Cracker

Haunting at Salmesbury HallCelebrating 30 years with Ken

On the Cuerden Wander (spot the extra group member)Pendle Way Chunk

Watergrove Skyline StartWhat Castles? Start