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The Highland Connection - A Blog for 2020

Wycoller and the Forest of Trawden Walk

Wycoller and the Forest of Trawden are on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border near the town of Colne. Although the area is called the Forest of Trawden, it’s just high moorland, and farming fields.

We planned our walk to start from the small hamlet of Wycoller, which would give us a 7 mile circular walk. The weather forecast was just dull and damp, but mildish. We did a similar walk back in 2014, around the same time of year, but the weather then was horribly wet, muddy, and windy, especially on the exposed parts of the walk.

Just a note that you cannot drive into the village, but there is an official car park just off the approach road, about half a mile from the village, which you then need to walk into.

Our walk started in Wycoller, which has some interesting and historical ancient bridges over the Wycoller Beck, and the ruins of an old 19th century hall. More information at this link. 


We set off up a lane alongside the beck, passing another ancient bridge, called the Clam bridge.

The path took us steadily up hill, to about 1000 feet, where we joined another public bridleway called the Pendle Way, where we also changed direction. This clearly defined path took us through the moorland. The moors have historical links to the books about the Bronte Sisters of Haworth.

After a couple of miles we changed direction again, to follow an approved path across farm fields towards the village of Trawden. This led us through a small wooded area, which had a few small waterfalls, one called Lump Spout. 

Following the approved path we eventually joined a tarmac road that took us into the village of Trawden.

In Trawden we changed direction again and took approved paths through fields onto farm land again. Just before we left the main road in Trawden you have to go down a narrow lane, which was once a tramway. In fact, part of the original railway track is still embedded in the cobbled road. This tramway ran from Trawden into the town of Colne, between 1903 - 1934.

Our route now was more or less a straight walk across walled farm fields, and through a wood towards our start point of Wycoller. 

We took a few more photos of the two bridges over the beck in the village. One bridge is called the Clapper Bridge - which is historically 1000 years and is a slabbed design. The second bridge was more recent, called the Pack Horse bridge and built in the 15th/16th century. The hall ruins are worth a look, and there is an information centre in a barn nearby.

The village also has a cafe and craft shop.

All in all a nice refreshing winter walk to blow the cobwebs away. 

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