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 : August 2021

Walk programme resumed

A new programme of walks will be planned at a meeting in early September. Everyone is welcome to contribute inspiration for a walk or offers to lead a walk. If you wish to attend it is usually held at the Wilpshire Hotel, drop us an email for details (see below).

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks.

Next walk - Great Whernside, August 21st

To get us back walking together Annette has kindly offered to lead an interim 7.5 mile walk in North Yorkshire to Great Whernside. 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 10am 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 2019-20

      Date           Leader                      Location
      -------------  --------------------------  --------------------------------------
      7 Sept 2019    Mike Howe                   Whernside from Ribble Head
      19 Oct 2019    Simon Davies                Newton and Dunsop Bridge
      16 Nov 2019    Sharon & Nick Westhead      Sunderland Point
      14 Dec 2019    Graham Harwood              Parbold Hill and Fairy Glen.
      12 Jan 2020    Andy & Gill Clayton         Dinckley
      1 Feb 2020     Richard Vickers             Sabden Valley
      14 Mar 2020     Stuart Hirst                Yorkshire Dales
      24-26 Apr 2020 Sharon Westhead/Liz Maskell Weekend away Eden Valley
      11 May 2019    Annette Patterson/Julie Foote Great Whernside
      13 Jun 2020    John Conway                 Cartmel
      11 July 2019   Alan Walkden                Dentdale            

More details of these walks on the programme page.

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Walking News : March 2020

Walk programme suspended

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and guidelines from the UK government, our walking events are suspended until further notice. This includes the walking weekend in the Eden Valley and walks scheduled after that.

Please take care and follow guidance on social distancing when walking. Under current law that should be singly or with a member of your household maintaining a distance of two metres from other people.

Everyone is welcome to join us on the walks (when they resume).

Walking News : March 2020

Next walk: Settle, Yorkshire Dales (7 miles) - Saturday 14th March 10:30

After climbing from Settle we skirt around to Langcliffe Scar and ascend again past the series of ancient truncated caves up to the most famous – Victoria Cave – unknown until discovered by accident in 1837 and found to contain animal bones dating back 130,000 years.

After enjoying the views (and possibly lunch) from this vantage point it’s downhill to join the Pennine Bridleway and back to our starting point in Settle.

The start is from the Whitefriars Car and Coach Park in the centre of Settle, postcode for Satnav BD24 9JE.


Take the A59 to Gisburn. Turn left at mini roundabout in Gisburn on to A682 to Long Preston. At Long Preston turn right on to A65 towards Settle. On outskirts of Settle take 2nd exit at roundabout on to B6480. Continue on B6480 through town. Whitefriars Car and Coach Park is on left as you leave the town centre before the Co-op garage If you pass under the railway viaduct then you have just missed it!

Walking News : January 2020

Next walk: Sabden and Sabden Fold (5 miles) - Saturday 1st February 10:30

This walk is approximately five miles on local roads and tracks between Sabden and Sabden Fold, returning via the meadows adjacent to Sabden Brook.

This walk starts from Sabden car park (pay and display) from where we shall climb up through the old hamlet of Heyhouses. Using the access road, the route takes in Churn Clough reservoir and then it's across meadows to Ratten Clough. The route then follows a tarmac road and green lanes towards Sabden Fold. Following Lower Lane the path turns right through fields to cross Sabden Brook. Finally, after crossing some muddy meadows, we will follow the road back to Sabden.

Expect the fields to be muddy and note that there is a tricky stile or two! Overall it's an easy walk with not too much in the way of climbing.


The start is at the Sabden car park, which is pay and display. Please do not park around the village as there are parking issues for residents. The entrance is opposite the White Hart Inn.

From the A59 Whalley by-pass, at the Whalley roundabout take the second exit towards Accrington. Immediately after the traffic lights turn left onto the sign-posted Sabden road. In the village turn right at the T junction and the car park is at the bottom on the right. Allow 20 minutes from Salesbury

Walking News : December 2019

Next walk: Copster Green and Dinckley (6.5 miles) - Saturday 4th January 10:30

A walk of varied aspects from some little trodden rights of way, to well-maintained tracks, woods and the impressive new Dinckley footbridge. On a clear day we shall get some fine views across the Ribble Valley.

This walk, which is between 6 and 6.5 miles, starts from Copster Green, from where we shall traverse some little-used rights of way (to call a couple of lengths "paths" would be stretching the term somewhat!) down to the "De Tabley". From there we shall pick up a bridleway, which winds its way initially alongside the Ribble before rising slightly to give some fine views across this part of the Ribble Valley. A right-hand turn at the end of the bridleway will bring us down on to the magnificent, new Dinckley footbridge, erected by Lancashire County Council to replace the 1950's vintage suspension bridge that was irretrievably damaged by Storm Desmond on Boxing day 2015. From the bridge we will walk down alongside the River Ribble to Marles Wood, from where we will climb steadily, but not too steeply, up across fields to Park Gate Farm and then back to our starting point.

Soup and sandwiches will be available in the Wilpshire hotel for those wanting something after the walk. Please let the walk leader know if you want them.


The start is at the top of Park Gate Row, Copster Green; the lane that runs down the side of "Yu, Copster Green" - the Chinese restaurant. Location on the A59 at SD675340, postcode BB1 9EU. Bus stops nearby on the the Clitheroe/Skipton route. There are a number of places where you can leave a car out of the way of the residents, dotted round and about.

Walking News : November 2019

Next walk: Parbold Hill and Fairy Glen (8 miles) - Saturday 14th December 10:30

A walk of varied aspects from the serenity of a canal tow-path to commanding views over the west Lancashire plain.

This walk at just under eight miles starts from the centre of Parbold starting with a gentle walk along the Leeds Liverpool canal before ascending the lower slopes of Parbold Hill along tracks and meadow. Before long we enter the wooded Fairy Glen following the well made path to the main road at Sparrow Hill. Ten minutes along the foot-way beside the main road to Parbold brings us to Parbold Beacon at 120m commanding views south to Ashurst Beacon. Then we continue north gently rising a further 20m to High Moor to take in a circumnavigation of the Harrock Hall estate and the woodlands of Harrock Hill. Dogs must be on a lead here because of breeding birds. Leaving the estate and having lost some height we regain it again by a walk up Bannister Lane to Hunter's Hill above Hill Dale with impressive views towards Preston. Skirting the disused quarry there, we descend into Parbold to return to the start.

Starting Point: The start is at the bridge on Mill Lane opposite the Old Windmill, 1 Mill Ln, Parbold, Wigan WN8 7NW (GR SD491105) by the canal where a small car park is available on the north side. Parking in Parbold is at a premium and should no room be available here, alternative on road parking can be found a few minutes away near the end of the walk in Greenfield Lane beside Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold, WN8 7DN (GR SD489110) or Tan House Lane, which we walk down before the finish.


M6 J27 then A5209 to Parbold. On coming off Parbold Hill, the village is signposted right by Stocks Tavern. This goes up Mill Lane where the road rise up over a bridge over the canal by the mill past the Windmill pub and mill gallery on the left. Just over the bridge the car park is immediately on the left. Allow sufficient time to find alternative parking should this car park be full. It's about 25 miles and 45 minutes by car from Wilpshire. Parbold is on the Wigan to Southport train line. Trains from RGW to PBL go via Bolton/Wigan take 1h40m and cost less than £10 with a railcard.

Walking News : November 2019

Next walk: Sunderland Point (Approx 7.5 miles) - Saturday 16th November 10:30

A flatter walk near the estuary of the River Lune, with some fine views (on a clear day!) across Morecambe Bay.

This is a figure of eight walk that takes in Sunderland Point and Brazil Point on the Lune Estuary, an area of meadows and marshes, quite a different part of Lancashire from what we are used to in the Ribble Valley. Hopefully we shall get some magnificent views westwards over Morecambe Bay, northwestwards of Heysham Power Station and southeastwards of the Lune Estuary and Glasson Dock.

As might be expected in this much flatter part of Lancashire there are no significant ascents. It is November, however, so unless we have some very frosty nights, the ground underfoot could well be a bit damp and muddy in places. So be prepared and come as well shod as usual.

Starting Point: Overton Car Park (Opposite The Globe Hotel, Overton). Grid Reference: SD 433 579, postcode of The Globe Hotel is LA3 3HG.


Travelling from Salesbury/Wilpshire: (39 miles, allow around 1 hour), the simplest route is via the M6 Northbound to Junction 34. At Junction 34 leave the M6 to take the A683 towards the Heysham-IoM ferry. Keep on the A683 over a set of traffic lights and then take the first exit at the next roundabout to go along the "Bay Gateway" the "new" dual carriageway that bypasses Lancaster to the north - follow the "boaty" signs for the Heysham-IoM ferry. Continue along the A683 Bay Gateway to pass over a roundabout, through some traffic lights and over another roundabout. At the third roundabout take the first exit into Moss Lane (SP Overton) - do not continue on towards Heysham and the ferry!. In a couple of miles you will get to Overton. Follow road through village. You will find the car park at the end of the village, on the right, opposite The Globe Hotel.

Walking News : October 2019

Next walk: Newton in Bowland and Dunsop Bridge� (Approx 7.5 miles) - Saturday 19th October 10:30

An undulating walk in the Hodder Valley in the magnificent Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will go north from Newton to swing round across fields and along footpaths and tracks (some tarmac) to reach Dunsop Bridge for a late lunch break (toilets available). Then we shall parallel the River Hodder on our way back to Newton. There is not a lot of ascent and descent on the course of the walk but there are numerous stiles and the presence of livestock in some of the fields is to be expected. Given the clay soils over which the walks traverses for much of its length, please expect it to be wet/very wet at some places (gaiters recommended!!) There are also some areas of tussocky rough terrain to be encountered.

Starting Point: Newton in Bowland -Grid Reference: MR 698 504.The postcode for The Parkers Arms is BB7 3DY

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