495 Abbeystead

Waymarks in most places are plastic discs nailed to posts, but at Abbeystead the waymarks are something special. Carved in gritstone they were produced by the farmer at Lentworth Hall, whose wrought iron gate is a magnificent work of art. Abbeystead means "the site of the abbey" for, in the 12th century, it was a stronghold of Cistercian monks. But they didn't stay long and now the hamlet is noted for its picturesque Elizabethan style houses and for its rivers; it has two of them and both are called Wyre.

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LOCATION: 15 miles north of Preston
START: Abbeystead signed from A6. Car park on minor road by Stoops Bridge
Grid ref: SD564544 Postcode: LA2 9BH
DISTANCE: 3.5 miles
GRADE: Easy, but can be muddy, first bit awkward underfoot
TIME: 2 hours
MAP: Explorer - Forest of Bowland Landranger 102
NOTE: Abbeystead
REFRESHMENTS: Pack a flask
EN ROUTE: River Wyre, Abbeystead Reservoir, Lentworth Hall, Wyre Way, Grosvenor Estate, Christ Church

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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