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Although there aren't many pubs in Rishton, this should be an interesting walk for most!! I hope you enjoy the stroll between the pubs and clubs....

Approximate time: 480 (8 hours) minutes walking time, 12 hours including drinking time!

Distance: 8 miles ( 12.8 Kilometres)

Parking; Off High Street turn into the Roebuck Inn car park, off the A678 and in the centre of town.

The Roebuck in March 2002.

Leaving your car, turn right into High Street. This is the original Front Street in the town and the oldest part of Rishton. The shops on the left are small compared with the surrounding terrace houses, and next to the canal is the former canalmans house, 3 flights with a door leading to the canal itself.

Cross over the canal bridge and proceed down the hill on Hermitage Street until you get to a green, you have just walked past the remaining wall of Rishton mill to get here and the wall plates are still intact. At the green take the path that cuts across heading towards Parker and Burton Streets.

Parker Street green from Lancashire Life October 2002.

Turn left at the end of the path and proceed along Parker Street past Wheatfield mill. Here on the left you will find the Free Gardner's Club.

Leave the Free Gardner's, walk to the bottom of Talbot Street, and turn left. follow a dirt track through Holt farm and turn left onto Tottleworth Road. Follow the road all the way through the village of Tottleworth and on to Great Harwood, there are panoramic views to be had here on clear days, across the Rossendale Valleys and Burnley, as well as Pendle Hill. Here at the end of Tottleworth Road you will find one of Rishton's most outwardly watering holes, the Lidgett.

Lidgett hotel in May 2001.

Formally known as the Cemetery because of its proximity to the Great Harwood one, the Lidgett Hotel sits right on the boundary with Great Harwood, the Lidgett stream passing behind the building and the beer garden out the back resting in Great Harwood!!

Upon leaving the Lidgett turn right and walk up Lee Lane, about 1/2 a mile up the road turn right into Wilpshire Road, and follow the road up the hill. This will take you past many old quarry sites, including Close Brow, and Norden. Part way up you will be within touching distance of top O' th Heights, the trees planted for the Queens Coronation.

Wilpshire Road.

Follow the road all the way to the top, pausing only to admire the views over Rishton behind you, follow the road all the way to the end. Here you will find the New Inns on your right.

Leaving here turn left and follow the road to Blackburn. Part way down is a public footpath which is just past a series of bends in the road at the bottom of a little brow as the road straightens. Follow this footpath over the canal, and onto Blackburn Road at Rishton.

New Inns in January 2001.

Follow the road again to Blackburn crossing Whitebirk roundabout and turn left to Intack. Here you have crossed the Rishton boundary which is a stream running into the fields. Follow the road to a set of traffic lights and turn left again. Follow this road in the direction of Oswaldtwistle, until you come across your destination, The Old Mother Redcap.

By crossing off the footpath, into the entrance to this pub you are crossing back into Rishton. The boundary at this point runs along the edge of the pavement!

Old Mother Redcap in May 2002.

Okay, refreshed once more, leave the pub and turn right. The farm next door to the pub has a track at the side. Take this track and follow it back to Rishton town.

Once back on Blackburn Road, follow it down to the Church, and turn right onto Station Road. Follow this to the railway station, and on the left hand side is the Rishton Arms, which during the year 2000 is only open in the evenings.

Rishton Arms in July 2001.

Leave the pub and walk 100 yards up the road back towards town and turn right into Walmsley Avenue.

This was built as the South Side estate and the houses date from around the mid 70's.

Proceed down the Avenue, until it changes to Petre Crescent. Here you veer to the left, which is currently a dead end lay-by and walk along a tarmac path heading towards the Methodist School.

Former colliery site.

The Methodist school is built on land which was once formally the coal mine known as Rishton Colliery. The remaining buildings to your left and the mound of earth are former pit buildings and the mound is the top of the shafts. The most interesting feature in this area is the cottage directly in front of you. This was part of the coal mine, and in the cobbles at the front of the building can plainly be seen a square section. This is were the weigh bridge was, set in the cobbles up until the early 1990's.

Proceed down the cobbles and down the slight incline, passing Knowles and Clarke Streets, then Edward and Haworth Streets.

The corner house on Haworth Street, number 1 and 3, was once the salvation army hostel, and after that became Toc H which was opened by David Bailey (the royal photographer).

British Legion in May 2001.

Take note as well on the corner of Edward Street is John Peters clogshop, the last clogmaker in the district!

As you approach the main road your next port of call is on the left hand side, just about 3 doors down from Haworth Street, this is the Rishton Legion Club.

Stepping out of the club, directly in from of you is the former cinema building, and bingo hall, now a supermarket. There are still some nice pieces of architecture to be seen on the building though.

The Walmsley Inn in May 2001.

Turn left and carry on down the slight gradient, and on the main road is the Walmsley Arms. Named after the Lords of the manor of Rishton and once owners of the Dunkenhalgh estate, the Walmsley are more famous for their Judge, who was the original buyer of the Dunkenhalgh.

On leaving the front entrance, cross over the main road and proceed along Cliff Street. On crossing School Street the Council bungalows are on the left hand side. Number 3 Cliff Street was once the Labour Office and the Weavers Association building.

Crossing Brook Street also means you are crossing Spaw Brook! The brook runs directly along the line of the Street, and down to the River Hyndburn in the valley at the bottom (Eastern end) of Rishton. If you listen at the drain in the middle of the road on a wet day you can hear the brook running quite freely.

Conservative Club, February 2001.

Cross Clifton Street and your next port of call is on your left. The Conservative club is a very stylish stone building which was tailor made for the Conservatives of the town. The date stones are set around the bottom of the building, and the Conservative Club is engraved in the stone round the top.

Leaving the Conservative club and crossing over Cliff Street will bring you face to face with the only red brick building on Cliff Street and Clifton Street. This was the former Doctors surgery, and has been converted at the end of December 2002.

Working mens club in January 2001.

Proceed down Clifton Street, turning right into Commercial Street. At Brook Street cross Commercial Street and enter the Workingmen's Club.

Built in 1891, the club still does not allow women members, and believe me, you wouldn't be the first to argue about it! The club building was erected in 1891, and is still going strong over 100 years later.

Former site of the Liberal Club in December 2002.

On leaving the club, proceed along Commercial Street, crossing Brook Street. At the junction with School Street is a grassed area with benches. This was once the Liberal club in the town, which subsided and had to be demolished. By the time the building had started to subside the Liberal club had already closed and was being used as a public library at the time of its demolition. The Library is now visible directly across the junction.

The Centre on Commercial Street December 2002.

On the opposite corner of School Street stands the Centre. This was formally the Co-op Shoe shop and Clog repair shop. At one time this entire area was owned by the Co-op, the shops running along Commercial Street and all the way up School Street.

Directly in front of you on the corner of School Street is the former School building. This was closed in 1974 and is now used for furniture storage.

Former Harmonic building in May 2001.

Continue towards High Street, and cross over the road. Walk up the side of the Roebuck, past the former rolling skating rink. On the corner of Hicks Terrace and George Street sits the former Harmonic Club. Now no longer in use as a club, but the institute emblem can still be seen at the side of the entrance on George Street.

Turn around and finish your walk with a nice pint in the Roebuck Inn.

The Roebuck was built in 1751, and was part of the original turnpike road system of Lancashire. The building is on an angle to High Street and the cobbles at the front steps are part of the original road which ran along Henry Street to Church and Oswaldtwistle. The road was called Magdelane Lane.

The Roebuck in March 2002.

Please return to your car and have a safe drive home!

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