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Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green discBurnley Way

64 km / 40 miles

A varied route around Burnley with a wide range of terrain, from the town centre and Calder riverside and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath it passes a number of reservoirs, but it also climbs onto high moorland. It includes Forest of Burnley woodlands and the wilder South Pennine Moors with the route's highest point at Thieveley Pike, and industrial heritage such as from past limestone extraction at Shedden Clough contrasted with the nearby windfarm at Coal Clough. Updated in 2008, it is described in six sections each with public transport links. There are links to the Bronte and Pendle Ways and with the Pennine Bridleway National Trail's Mary Towneley Loop. The Rossendale Way passes near to the southern end of this trail.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green disc
Stylised B and bird logo in yellow on green disc
Challenging; Canal; Forest/Woodland; Lake/Reservoir/Loch; Moorland; River; Urban; Industrial History
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SD838322 - Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre, Burnley, Lancashire
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Burnley Way (Burnley Council - 2008)


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Route Profile:

63.1 Km (39.2 miles)
1,712 m (5,617 ft) ascent
446 m (1,463 ft)  maximum height