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 : April 2022

Next walk - Attermire Scar - 8 miles, Saturday 21st May 10:30am

Note: The date of this walk has changed from the 7th May.

Attermire Scar is an impressive limestone scar, over a mile in length, situated high above Settle and the small side valley of Stockdale. The walk will use parts of the Pennine Bridleway and the Dales High Way and includes a visit to Victoria cave (not to be missed !) and topically Jubilee cave. Victoria Cave is known for its prehistoric remains including the bones of mammoths, rhinos, hippos and hyenas.

Start: Junction of Stockdale Lane, Settle.

There is limited parking at the start point so car sharing is essential. Starting from the centre of Settle take the steep road Chapel St, Victoria St, Albert Hill to get to High Hill Lane and park at the junction with Stockdale Lane (track).

Google maps ref: 54.062973, -2.252627. Travel time is 44 minutes from Salesbury.

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Note: The date of the walk in June has been put back a week to the 25th.

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                     Bolton-by-Bowland Circular
      9 Apr 2022     Annette Patterson/Julie Foote    Rossendale Way
      21 May 2022    Mike Howe                        Attermire Scar
      25 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 : April 2022

Next walk - Grane Reservoirs and Quarries, Saturday 9th April 10:30am

A lovely scenic 8 mile walk around the reservoirs and quarries of Haslingden Grane. The route is moderate but take note it can be muddy depending on conditions. We leave the café heading north, then turn onto the Rossendale Way. After approximately half a mile we turn left and traverse to the abandoned Haslingden Grane community, which thrived from Tudor times until the industrial revolution, when the newly built mills took over from handlooms worked by the cottagers. We will walk through a lovely wooded area where we can stop for coffee. Eventually many of the now mostly abandoned buildings and farmland in the area were bought up by the local council, who proceeded to build 3 reservoirs to service the industries and communities elsewhere in the Rossendale valley. We walk by these – Calf Hey, Ogden and Holden Wood, enjoying wonderful views. After a lunch stop we cross back to the other side of the valley and climb a short steep hill to a quarry. From here you can see the skyscrapers of Manchester in the distance. We walk through Windy Harbour farm and pass another water-filled quarry before arriving back at the café.

Start: Clough Head Café BB4 4AT(SD751231). Where there are toilets and free parking. Also breakfast is available at the café if you wish to arrive early.

Directions: From M65 junction 5 take the Haslingden Grane Rd (A6177 formerly A6232) then after approx. 3 miles turn left at the signpost to the café. 20 minutes travel time from Wilpshire

Next walk - Bolton-by-Bowland Circular, Saturday 5th March 10:30am

From the village we track north ascending gently as far as Wittons Farm to the highest point of the walk. We then return south with excellent view of Pendle arriving at the village of Holden and a good lunch spot on the old bridge over Holden Beck. Continuing past the beck waterfall we join the Sawley road for a short distance and then turn to skirt the grounds of Bolton Hall which dates back to the 14th century. Thereafter we follow the Ribble with impressive views into the river gorge on the right and on to Fooden Hall Farm. From there a direct route takes us back to the village.

Of interest there is the parish Church which was founded in 1190 with the present building dating back to the 15th century. You may also note the village signpost which was restored in 2008 to include ‘Yorks WR’ as in its original form when the area was in the West Riding pre 1974 – but you are definitely now in Lancashire!

Length and conditions: 8 miles easy to moderate. No serious climbing with excellent views in an attractive part of the Ribble Valley. Ground is a mix of pasture and tracks with 2 short sections of (safe) road walking. Recce conditions were unsurprisingly muddy in parts after recent rainfall so dress accordingly.

Start: Public car park by the bridge in Bolton by Bowland village. (Public toilets available here). Postcode BB7 4NW for sat-nav if needed.

Directions : Take the A59 towards Skipton and turn left through Sawley after the last Clitheroe turning and follow the signs to Bolton by Bowland. As you enter the village the (free) public car park is immediately on the right after the bridge. If this is full there is road parking further on in the village towards the Coach and Horses pub.

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.

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