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Lancashire Way - Central Loop

161 km / 100 miles

This route has been developed over the past 20 years by Neil Harwood.

The Central Loop is the second part of the Lancashire Way. In comparison with the Southern Loop it is longer at 101 miles and ascends over 13,000 feet, which is almost twice that of the Southern Loop. Hence it is very much the bigger brother of the two loops. It is estimated that it will take on average just over 40 hours walking so can be completed in between 5-7 days and thus one complete week.

It begins and ends in Preston, as did the Southern Loop. There are twelve Stages in total, with the longest being just under 12 miles so can be completed in a day for most people. Other stages are shorter so can be combined with adjacent stages according to your pace. The first four stages make their way from Preston in an easterly direction along the southern side of the Ribble Valley to Pendle Hill. The route then turns north crossing the Ribble and Hodder valleys before turning west through the southern half of the Bowland Fells. The final three stages meander back to Preston via Longridge Fell along the northern side of the Ribble Valley.

This part of the Lancashire Way is very much more rural with some of the very best scenery that the county has to offer. There are real hills such as Pendle Hill, beautiful villages and magnificent rivers. There is history but it is dominated by the beauty of its landscape.

Details are on the website below.


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Other Paths; Challenging; Moorland; River
Start and Finish
SD535290 - Preston, Lancashire
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85 Km
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Route Profile:

160.3 Km (99.6 miles)
3,838 m (12,592 ft) ascent
543 m (1,781 ft)  maximum height