Route 685 is known locally as the Padiham Greenway. It connects Padiham and the surrounding villages and links to Burnley city centre.

This short route through the Padiham Greenway park creates links between local town centres, employment areas and schools. It provides a link with Burnley city centre via Route 604 at Molly Wood Lane, by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

At the northern end point of the route links with the Higher Shuttleworth road, close to the Calder River.

The route was designed to be a linear park, providing people with a social space with a 'village green' atmosphere. It uses the track bed of the old Burnley to Padiham railway providing a safe, attractive route for walkers and cyclists of all abilities.


Temporary bridge closure and diversions

The bridge over the River Calder that connects the eastern and western sections of the Padiham Greenway is temporarily closed.

This is due to concerns about the structural condition of the bridge.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are working with the necessary parties to identify a solution to enable us to reopen the greenway as soon as possible.  

Suggested diversions in place are:

  • Diversion 1, following Park Road, Station Road, A671 (Burnley Road, Church St), Blackburn Road (A678), Bridge Street and Padiham Memorial Park. The route is suitable for all users via on-road cycling or pedestrian footways.
  • Diversion 2, following Park Road, Mill Street (one-way flow), Calder Street, Shuttleworth Street, Dragon Street, Albert Street, King Street, A671 (Church Street), Blackburn Road (A678), Bridge Street, Padiham Memorial Park. This diversion involves sections of cobbled road and pavement and may not be suitable for some users.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

Route 685 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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