BCV Rambles
The BCV's Walking Group

BCV Rambles Walking Group

All of the walks are planned and guided by experienced walkers and participation in all BCV Rambles walks is free of charge.

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Waterproofs, a snack and hot drink may also be useful.

For queries please  use the contact form 

To see previous walk photos click here

Key to walk difficulty

Easy: Mostly level walking  good paths, some slopes
Moderate: Good paths some inclines
Intermediate: Longer distance or high level walking Perhaps over  moors or rough ground
Hard: Peak walks over longer distances

BCV Rambles Walks 2018

Next Walk 

14th October- Bolton to Darwen Curry Walk
: Moderate
Distance: 12 miles (approx)
Walk Leader: Paul Crawshaw

The planned route for this year's curry walk will be from Smithills Hall via Horrocks Fold area, Longworth Clough through to the Black Dog at Belmont. From the Black Dog we shall head out to Darwen and finish with a meal at the Akash Restaurant in Darwen. The route will be along paths and tracks so nothing too strenuous. As usual the Black Dog pub will serve as a refreshment stop and a place for people to join the walk if not wanting to do the whole route. We will be returning to Bolton Interchange by train, we will NOT be returning to Smithills Hall.

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for the time of year and terrain which may include mud and marsh. Weather conditions can be changeable so waterproofs are always useful. No high heels or mankinies.
The start point is on Smithills Dean Road by the road entrance to Smithills Hall at 10:30am, for those starting at Belmont the estimated time at the Black Dog is 13:15pm.

There is a bus service from Bolton to Smithills Dean Road, the 527 leaves Bolton Interchange at 9:50 am and arrives at Smithills at 10:13am, however, the route it takes is not direct and takes in scenic parts of Breightmet, Crompton Way and Moss Bank Way. Paul has limited capacity for lifts if absolutely needed. Other possible forms of transportation could include taxis, shared or otherwise and walking if within sensible walking distance. As we are not returning to Smithills Hall driving there is not advised.. nor is cycling, unicycling, pogoing or skipping.
All those intending to join the walk at the start/middle/end please give name to Lynn, Trish or Paul directly or via the contact page.

Walk dates for the rest of the year

25th November - Walk Leader TBA

More details to follow

Previous BCV Rambles Walks
Adlington, Anglezarke, Bolton to Darwen Curry Walk, Bolton Abbey, Clitheroe, Crowthorn, Blackburn, Dunscar, Dunham Park, Eccleston, Edenfield, Glassom Dock, Hawkshaw, Helmshore, Hoddlesden Irwell Sculpture Trail, Holcombe, Leighton Moss, Lune Valley, Morcambe Bay, Nicky Nook, Parbold, Pendle Hill, Pleasington, Ribchester,
Ringley, Rivington Pike, Roby Mill, Rufford Hall, Smithills, Strawbury Duck,
White Coppice, Wigan Flashes.