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October 30th: Downham and Rimington History Walk

Becca Nelson
By Becca Nelson

Walkers enjoyed a beautiful, scenic walk as well as experiencing a proper Lancashire downpour on our autumn history walk.

Our regular weekend walk on Sunday 30th Oct took us to the lovely pristine village of Downham nr Clitheroe. Lead by Mark Chung, a National Rambles Trustee, and supported by Nick Thompson, branch president of CPRE, a select party of keen walkers and accompanying dogs spent an excellent 3 hours passing through Rimington on a round walk through wonderful Lancashire countryside on the northern slopes of Pendle Hill. Lovely autumn views, fascinating local history from Mark – the only snag was a huge downpour about ¾ through the walk! However, by the time we got back to Downham for a rewarding ice cream we had no regrets!

Pendle Hill display board | Nick Thompson
Twiston Mill | Mark Chung
Pendle Hill | Mark Chung
Skeleron Lead Mines | Mark Chung
Downham House | Mark Chung

Walk description:

Join us to explore 2,000 years of history around Downham & Rimington, led by CPRE Lancashire Trustee Mark Chung. Walk in the footsteps of Romans, see where lead was mined, and visit the remains of an 18th century cotton mill. An added bonus is walking through Lancashire’s beautiful countryside!

Twiston Lime Kiln | Mark Chung

Walk details:

Walk type: Circular, leisurely: the route is mainly on footpaths in fields etc, some uphill, some downhill, and there is also some road walking on minor roads.

Distance: 6 miles/9.5 km

Time: Approx. 3 hours including a short break for lunch

Meeting point: the free car park in Downham Village.

  • WhatThreeWords ref: conductor.rate.knees
  • OS grid ref SD 78492 44093

Clothing: Participants will need to wear boots or wellingtons and appropriate clothing (please prepare for all eventualilties and bring waterproofs and warm clothes!)

Food/drink: Please bring a packed lunch or a snack and a drink. There is a pub and a takeaway cafe in Downham, one of which walkers may wish to visit on our return to Downham.

Skeleron Lead Mines | Mark Chung

The walk is free to attend, but places are limited. Please visit Eventbrite to book your free tickets via the link below:

Rimington Heritage Trail | Mark Chung


For more information about our future walk events, visit our Events page here.

Pendle Hill
Pendle Hill Mark Chung