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Advice for walkers

To get the most enjoyment from walking and exploring Wyre's varied countryside, making use of an ordnance survey map is strongly recommended. The best scale to use is 1:25,000. It shows all footpaths and field boundaries and gives the detail required to successfully navigate around. This scale map is usually found on the orange coloured Explorer Series of maps produced by Ordnance Survey. Please visit Ordnance Survey website for a full list.

Wyre's Tourist Information Centres sell the local maps and also local walking books.

All the walks listed have been way-marked to help walkers follow the routes, however a map is still required to be sure of the route. The countryside can change rapidly, way-markers can easily be missed and guides can quickly become out of date.

National waymarking from all roads for footpaths is a yellow arrow usually on a finger post.

national waymarking finger post

Bridle paths are represented with a blue arrow and concessionary access with a white arrow.

The national system in Wyre is backed up with additional waymarking along promoted routes. Wyre Borough Council has produced a series of colour coded waymarker discs to help walkers get around the countryside on 'graded' circular routes using public rights of way:


sign of green waymarker disc

Approximately up to 1.5 hours walking time


sign of brown waymarker disc

Approximately up to 2.5 hours walking time


sign of blue waymarker disc

Approximately up to 3.5 hours walking time


sign of red waymarker disc

Approximately up to 4.5 hours or over walking time

If you use your car to visit the countryside, please keep the following in mind:

  • don't leave any belongings in view
  • avoid leaving any valuable items in the car whatsoever
  • don't leave children or pets alone in your vehicle
  • don't block access routes such as gates, farm tracks and narrow lanes

When walking, especially in remote or upland areas, it is important to dress appropriately. Avoid wearing denim and any other clothing which doesn't dry quickly. It is better to wear lots of lighter layers which can be easily removed or added. Sturdy footwear is also a must.

It is also recommended that you carry the right equipment as follows:

  • Ordnance Survey Map
  • Compass
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Small first aid kit
  • High energy snack, such as bananas 
  • Something to drink
  • Mobile phone

Always let someone know where you're going and what time you expect to be back.

If you are in difficulty or see someone in difficulty, please dial 999 and ask for Mountain Rescue or the Coastguard.

Tell them:

  • Where you are telephoning from and the number you are using
  • Who you are
  • What the problem is
  • Where the problem is
  • When the problem occurred

Do not take any unecessary risks.

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