View from Oban Bothy

View from Oban Bothy

Saturday, 5 July 2014

100 mile walkies

I’ve not been sleeping at all well of late, so….

Tomorrow morning I’ll be setting out to walk from Rivington in Lancashire to, er, Rivington in Lancashire – a distance of 100 miles.

The route I’ll be following is that of next year’s LDWA 100 event, The Red Rose 100. The Plan (I love A Plan!) is for me to walk the route in about 6 days, stealth / wild camping en-route.

Those taking part in the actual event itself next May will have to complete the route in 48 hours. I’m taking the easy option.

The route:

Route That’s Rivington at the bottom, where the red blob is. I’ll be going widdershins.

If anybody fancies coming along, a GPX file can be found on Viewranger here. If the link doesn’t work just go on Viewranger and search for ‘LDWA Red Rose 100’. I’ll be checking my emails as and when I can – my email address can be found somewhere on the right of this page.

I’m intending doing 17 – 20 miles a day, camping where I can – the spreadsheet below is my feeble attempt at getting as organised as Gayle. I think I’ve very successfully failed!

CP No Camp Location Map Ref Mileage
1   Slipper Low car park SD664203 8.5
2   St Francis Church Hall, Feniscliffe SD662268 16
  Stealth camp Witton Country Park SD657277 17
  Scout campsite Bowley CS SD734339 25.5
3   Whalley Village Hall SD734361 27
  Stealth camp Fellwood SD812398 34
4   Barley Village Hall SD822402 35
5   Downham Village Hall SD787440 40
  YHA camping barn West Lane Farmhouse, Downham SD795445 41
  BPC campsite Fields House Farm SD766456 43
6   Bolton-by-Bowland SD785493 44
7   Tosside Community Hall SD769560 49
  Hartley's Farm CS Tosside SD769555 49
8   Slaidburn Village Hall SD713523 56
  YHA Slaidburn YHA SD711523 56
9   Dunsop Bridge Village Hall SD657501 61
  Wild camp E of Totridge SD642488 63.5
10   Chipping Village Hall SD621432 68
  YHA camping barn Clark House Farm SD616435 68
  BPC campsite Lower Core Farm SD587439  
11   Hurst Green Memorial Hall SD684382 76
  BPC campsite Lower Alston Farm, Ribchester SD649349 80
12   Mellor Brook Community Centre SD641312 84
13   Hoghton Village Hall SD614264 89
  Stealth camp Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath, Riley Green SD624251 90
14   St Lukes Church Hall, Brinscall SD629214 94

I hope this will help my sleep pattern. I’ll be back in a week.


  1. Wish you well on your trek John. Have fun and enjoy. Certainly you will sleep better after putting a few miles under your belt. Will look forward to seeing how you get on.

  2. Enjoy your walk John, you'll be going through some lovely countryside. Looking forward to seeing his you get on.

  3. I will be following you whilst resting from my own recent round of masochism. Do you take any form of music with you?


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