A Lancashire based family walking group that enjoys sociable day walks around the North West suitable for young and old.

Welcome to Salesbury Exploration Group, a friendly walking group based in Salesbury, Ribble Valley in the heart of Lancashire.

Walking News : January 2022

Next walk - Standish / Haigh 8.5 miles, Saturday 5th February 10:30am

This varied walk of eight and a half miles explores woodland and pastures in the countryside around the old halls of Arley and Haigh situated on the slopes of the upper Douglas Valley. Beginning on the disused railway of the Adlington branch, we soon divert, walking through the grounds of Arley Hall, now Wigan Golf Club, before descending and crossing Arley Wood. Emerging to cross a short distance over farmland tracks towards Adlington, we soon head down to the River, a ford and an ascent through more woods to the canal for coffee.

It is a couple of miles over farmland to Haigh Hall, a woodland park Wigan Metropolitan Council made available to the public in 1947. Here we can have lunch with fine views west over Wigan. There is a courtyard with cafes, a brewery tap, and toilets.

Continuing after lunch, a gentle descent through mature woodlands of Haigh Upper Plantation and Haigh Lower Plantation brings us back to river level. Quiet roads and tracks take us back to canal level to return to the car park at Red Rock.

Start:Car park at Red Rock - Post Code: Wigan WN1 2UJ, OS: SD58298 Lat/Long: 53.583905, -2.631547 23 miles ~40 minutes from Wilpshire.

M6 south J27, follow A5209 to Standish. Straight across the traffic lights in Standish town centre to descend past the leisure centre to a roundabout at Worthington Park. Turn right, following signs to Haigh. Left at the next roundabout uphill for 400m to Red Rock car park on the left. Careful on entry as it is prone to potholes. If you get to some traffic lights, you've gone too far.

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To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk programme 2021-22

All walks start 10:30am

      Date           Leader                           Location
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      16 Oct 2021    Annette Patterson/Julie Foote    Great Whernside
      13 Nov 2021    Simon Davies                     Blacko
      11 Dec 2021    Sharon & Nick Westhead           Longridge Fell 
      8 Jan 2022     Group lunch                      Old Langho (Black Bull)
      5 Feb 2022     Graham Harwood                   Wigan area
      5 Mar 2022     Stuart Hirst                     TBC
      9 Apr 2022     Annette Patterson/Julie Foote    Rossendale Way
      7 May 2022     Mike Howe                        TBC
      18 Jun 2022    Alan Walkden                     Dentdale
      9 July 2022    John Conway                      Grindleton            
      6 Aug 2022     John Wainwright                  Whalley treasure hunt

More details of these walks on the programme page.

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Walking News : December 2021

Next walk - Old Langho, 8th January 10:30am 5 miles

A shorter local walk to bring in the new year. We will walk from Salesbury to Old Langho and back. It's an easy ramble via Dewhurst's Farm, The Tanner's (as was), Moorgate Farm and Aspinalls. Depending on time, we will return the same way or loop by the river.

Lunch for those dining at the Black Bull is booked for 12:30pm. in the bar. Dogs are welcome. Walkers not dining or diners not walking are welcome to join us.


Meet at the junction of Ribchester Road and Vicarage Lane for a 10:30am start.

To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walking News : December 2021

Next walk - Longridge Fell, 11th December 10:30am 8 miles

This is a walk of eight miles ascends Longridge Fell via woods and pastures from Hurst Green.


Meet at Hurst Green by the village hall for a 10:30am start.

To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walking News : October 2021

Next walk - Great Whernside, 16th October 10:30am 7.5 miles

The first walk of the new season is the third attempt at Great Whernside. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us this time and we can all enjoy a a great walk together. This is not the Whernside of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks, but a lesser summit. The walk visits Providence Pot along the way.


Meet at the car park in Kettlewell for a 10:30am start. The postcode is BD23 5QZ. Travel time from Wilpshire/Salesbury is about one hour by car.

To register your interest and get more details, please email walks@segs.org.uk.

Walk programme 2021-22

We have a new set of dates for your diaries. Some locations yet to be confirmed.

All walks start 10:30am