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Lost Ways Project


Help from members who love peering over maps, have an appetite for detective work and are fairly computer friendly.


There could be many historic routes in our area which for a variety of reasons are not recorded on the definitive map. If they are not identified and claimed by 2026 it will be too late – they will be ‘lost’ i.e. not accessible to the public.

2026 is only 10 years away!


Our group has set up a small working party to find these ways, but we need more help to complete the work in time.

A lot of the basic work can be done on-line on a computer at home. Later visits to Lancashire Records Office may be useful.


Our Chairman, Brian Jones, has compiled three exercises to show what can be involved in the map work.  This is through the MARIO maps which can be accessed here.

Click on the following links to access them:

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Try working through them and if you are hooked or still interested and would like further information on being involved, please contact the project co-ordinator, Joy Greenwood – email: and put ‘lost ways’ in the subject box.