Whistle Down the Wind Walking Tour

‘Whistle down the Wind’

In 1961 the village of Downham in Lancashire, the ancestral home of the Assheton family, was chosen for the setting for what was to become the British classic film ‘Whistle down the Wind’. The village gained further notoriety from 2002 when it was home to the filming of the BBC series ‘Born and Bred’

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The film starred Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee, Alan Bates and many local children. The storyline was based around the discovery of an escaped prisoner, taking refuge in a local farmers' barn. He is discovered by the farmers' children, just before Christmas day, and they become convinced that he is Jesus Christ. A truly captivating film.


Starting from the Assheton Arms in Downham, we set off on a gentle two mile walk to the village of Worston, passing the farm and barn that was featured in the film. The walk threads through the Lancashire countryside, meandering along a stunning countryside meadow pathway set in the foothills of the auspicious and majestic Pendle Hill.

You will learn through storytelling, of the many local legends and local folklore.

This easy paced route is most suitable for all types of walkers, age groups, with no hills or obstacles. The tour lasts for two hours including a visit to the village of Worston where groups can be pre-booked for meals throughout the day or evening if requested at the popular Calfs Head.

Suitable footwear is recommended and if required weatherproof clothing.
It is kindly requested that dogs be kept on a lead at all times during the tour.

Prices: £5.00 per adult and £2.50 per child under 13 years of age.
Please call 07879 231705, email or use our contact page for a quote.

Tour guide: Mr. Simon Entwistle of Top Hat Tours.

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