John Dixon Memorial Walk 16 June 2018 -Gunholf Moors -West Pennines

JOHN DIXON MEMORIAL WALK – this year’s walk in what has become an annual event will take place on SATURDAY 16th JUNE 10:30 am MEETING at BRINDLE COMMUNITY HALL, WATER STREET, BRINDLE, LANCS. PR6 8NH. The walking guidebook writer John Dixon from East Lancashire sadly died in 2012 and with the support and participation of his family, the British Heart Foundation and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council we have retraced one of his walks every year since 2013 when we went up onto Pendleton Moor from the Nick of Pendle to find Jeppe Knape’s Grave. This June’s walk will be the sixth year we have held this popular event and we are retracing another of John ‘s great historical walks, this time heading west to the very foothills of West Pennine Lancashire to an area which John, with his vast knowledge of the ancient country, referred to as the ‘Gunholf Moors’. The walk takes in the Leeds & Liverpool canal, Withnell Fold Nature Reserve, Denham Hall, Hough Hill plus sites of ancient crosses and the Brindle workhouse. It will be an honour, as always, to lead this walk as John Dixon’s books are without doubt the best guide to the ancient history, myths and legends of Lancashire and the Dales. He studied our local landscape thoroughly and methodically and his books are a joy to read and walk with. Thanks to John much of the history relating to farm and manor houses, crosses and churches has been recorded forever through his writings. Like John, I am a great believer that you can only really discover the real history of our local countryside by exploring it on foot. You can check out Johns books at

The walk is open to anyone and free! Distance will be 5 miles approx. Boots essential as pastures are often muddy! Also there are a few stiles. No need to book. Hope to see you there!

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