June Walks Giveaway: Dolphinholme, Lancashire
This walk is reproduced from our popular walking book 'Guide to Lancashire Pub Walks'.
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Distance: 3.5 miles
The River Wyre is one of Lancashire’s major rivers, which flows down from the fells. This walk explores part of its banks and follows a short section of the Wyre Way.
RECOMMENDED PUB: The Fleece Inn
HOW TO GET THERE & PARKING
Dolphinholme is 2 miles east of Junction 33 of the M6 and the A6 at Bay Horse. The Fleece Inn is at the crossroads of Chipping Road and Anyon Lane ½ mile from the village centre. Roadside parking by the Fleece Inn, and the pub has a car park for patrons. Sat nav LA2 9AQ.
1. From the lane crossroads by the Fleece Inn, walk uphill along the hedged road (Anyon Lane) starting between the inn and the old garage. After half a mile, you reach the village. Follow the road around to the left signed for Abbeystead. Follow the pavement on the right-hand side and, when you reach a footpath signpost on the left (indicating paths both left and right), turn right down the driveway leading past Common Bank Cottages. At the end of this drive, facing Common Bank House, turn left along a tarmac path starting at a bollard.
2. This runs downhill behind houses to woodland. Just before a lane a ‘Wyre Way’ signpost is reached signed for ‘Street Bridge’. Turn right along this through woodland with the river on the left. The path runs along a woodland edge and beyond it goes through a gate to enter a field. Walk straight ahead aiming to the left-hand side of the old Corless Mill.
3. Go through the gate on the right by the mill cottage and continue straight ahead along the track leading away from it. Another house is soon passed on the left and, when the track starts to swing right uphill, leave it on the left at a waymarker between two old stone gateposts. Continue along the Wyre Way and cross a footbridge over a drain. Go through a gate to enter a field and continue along the riverside. Cross the track to Wyreside Hall by a bridge and go through the gate opposite, continuing along the river to reach the road bridge, Street Bridge.
4. Turn left across the road bridge. Follow the lane up to the crossroads by the roadside houses of Street. Turn left along Wagon Road and follow it for nearly half a mile to the next lane junction, then turn left still following Wagon Road. Pass Wyreside Hall and, after passing Wyreside Cottage on the right, join the signed footpath on the left-hand side starting at a little footbridge.
5. Cross the pasture aiming slightly right to a stile on the opposite side. Cross a drain and follow a narrow path between the drain and conifers. Cross another stile then continue straight ahead to a stile in the wooden fence. Do not follow the
tree line in the next field but aim slightly left towards the woodland on the left-hand side of the large field. Aim for the woodland three-quarters of the way along the field to reach a waymarker post leading to a stile into the wood. Look out for the ruined mill chimney in the field on the edge of the wood. Follow the path downhill to meet a lane.
6. Turn left and follow the lane past the old mill. Cross the bridge over the River Wyre and, when the lane bends right uphill, leave it on the left at the bollard, joining the tarmac path followed earlier. At Common Bank House, turn right to retrace your steps to the village and down Anyon Lane back to the Fleece.
- Alex Batho