Spring Wood, Whalley
|Route info||Very Easy|
|Time||1 hours (slow pace)|
|Low Point||80m (approx)|
|High Point||120m (approx)|
|Height gain||40m (approx)|
|Terrain||A bit muddy, but in summer you could maybe get a pram around a lot of it.|
|Dogs||Great for dogs|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★★|
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Spring Wood information
Spring Wood is located just a short distance to the east of Whalley, at the junction of A680 and B6246. The woods effectively sit at the bottom end of Pendleton Moor, Pendle Hill and you could actually take a long meandering walk up to Pendle Hill via Whalley Golf Course, which is just next to Spring Wood. Although this would be a fairly long and challenging walk.
The woods were were once owned by the Monks of Whalley Abbey and were described as ‘one bow shot East of the Abbey’ but fast-forward to the 1970s and the land was bought by Lancashire County Council. Over time the woods were developed into a picnic area and nature reserve.
The car park currently costs £1 for short stay and disabled parking is free. From the car park there are basically three different paths you can take and it doesn’t really matter which you take because they all meet up.
When I visited today (Jan 13th 2016) I took the east track (following the golf course) and then made my way around most of the tracks in the space of an hour. But don’t worry about the route, just turn up and make your own choice. It’s pretty much impossible to get lost (but don’t blame me if you do).
The small summit at about 120m is easy to reach and there is a bench offering views of Longridge Fell and the further fells of the Forest of Bowland.
On the way down I realised I had missed the waterfall so I cut back up through the middle of the woods and found the small pond and waterfall. It’s definitely not Niagara Falls but is a nice place to stop and have a sandwich.
Spring Woods is well known for the bluebell carpets in spring and I’m looking forward to taking the family and dogs back. I’ve read recently that Lancashire County Council are cutting funding for the site. There is a petition to sign here, but I have to say it is a bit of a pain that you have to register with the site before being able to sign it.