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The walks contained in the following pages are extracts from a now out of print book called “Footpaths in and around Samlesbury” by Glen Clayton.

(The text was scanned and converted via OCR so some grammatical errors may have slipped through.)


Samlesbury almost connects Preston to Blackburn and consists of an estimated 4,386 statute acres.

Commuters only see it from the motorway and trunk roads, so consequently they do not realize how much more there is to the parish. An abundance of flora and fauna is sometimes only minutes away from the busy roads, amongst the fields and woodlands, rivers and streams.

Perhaps the full beauty of this part of Lancashire can only be truly appreciated from the air!

In addition to agriculture, horticulture and their related industries, there is an airfield, purification plant, paper mill, dog biscuit factory, wine merchants, two post offices and a small art gallery and picture framing studio.

We also have a brewery and craftsmen specializing in vintage vehicles, cabinet making, joinery, furniture restoration and sheet metal work.Refreshment establishments and petrol stations are too numerous to mention!

Our historical legacies include St. Leonard’s-the-Less Parish Church, Samlesbury Hall and many farmhouses of character. The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary now has a co-patron – John Southworth – who is our local saint.

Cuerdale is included in the civil parish and it was there that the largest cache of treasure ever found in Western Europe was discovered.

Unfortunately, Samlesbury lost many attractive lanes and foot-paths when trunk roads were re-aligned or dualled and large modern developments took place. Ten were lost to the airfield alone!

All the walks are circular and directions are in capital letters. A few follow ancient byways and some can be lengthened by linking two together.

All mapping is reproduced from the Ordanance Survey 1:10,000 maps, with permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. © Crown Copyright.

I would like to thank all who have contributed in any way to this publication, particularly the farmers who allow us the use of land which is not right of way and the managers who have given permission for car parking facilities.

Details were correct at the time of printing and proceeds will be donated to St. Leonard’s-the-Less, Samlesbury.

Glen Clayton


FRIEND, when you stray or sit and take your ease

On moor, or fell, or under spreading trees –

Pray, leave no traces of your wayside meal,

No paper bag, no scattered orange peel,

No daily journal littered on the grass;

Others may view these with distaste and pass.

LET NO-ONE say, and say it to your shame,

That all was beauty here, until you came.

RESEMBLE not the little snails

Who, with their slime, record their trails,

Let it be said, where you have been

You left the face of Nature clean.

Reprinted by permission of Lancashire Evening Post.


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