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October 19, 2021

10 unforgettable walks in the Ribble Valley

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The magnificent Ribble Valley Walks is home to quaint villages, magical nature, and a famous gastronomic scene. This scene boasts of Michelin-starred restaurants and cosy pubs alike. Not to mention an array of historical sites that transport you to times gone by.

To experience the valley’s wonders, you can take on countless Ribble Valley walks and trails that will ignite the adventurer in you. Here, we take a look at 10 walks that will prove why parts of the Ribble Valley are classified as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ribble Valley Walks

The Tolkien Trail

When writing the stories of Middle-Earth, the 20th-century writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, was greatly inspired by the natural beauty of the Ribble Valley.

So, those searching for a Tolkien Walk Ribble Valley-wide will find that the Tolkien Trail provides the best POV experience of the writer’s journey through the beautiful landscape. It’s a circular walk suitable for all skill levels, which spans 5.5 miles long, starting and ending at the Shireburn Arms Hotel in the little village of Hurst Green.

Enjoy beautiful views of rolling hills, countryside, mysterious woodlands and picturesque rivers.

Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail

One of the best options for dog walks in Ribble Valley is the sculpture trail in Brungerley Park, just outside Clitheroe. It spans over 1.5 miles of beautiful woodland with 22 pieces of art on display.

In addition to art, you’ll enjoy views of the breathtaking Forest of Bowland and the glassy River Ribble, which flanks the trail.

Clitheroe 50k

If you’re looking for more of a challenge and some of the best countryside views in Lancashire, the Clitheroe 50k circular is for you. As the name suggests, this walk spans just over 31 miles, starting and ending in the town of Clitheroe.

It provides a scenic route that cuts straight through the Ribble Valley, crossing the quaint village of Whitewell, and Pendle Hill, the tallest point in the surrounding area. When you’re finished, make sure to celebrate by collecting a certificate of completion from the Clitheroe Tourist Information Centre.

Chipping to Parlick Pike

One of the most popular circular walks in Ribble Valley starts and ends in Chipping; a village with an old-timey feel and lots of character. The walk will take you up to Parlick Pike hill through exciting rugged terrain, offering breathtaking views of fell tops that are often dotted with wildlife.

Walk up Pendle Hill from the Nick of Pendle

One of the best perks of this walk is the immediate majestic views from the starting point at Nick of Pendle. The circular walk up to the towering Pendle Hill, standing 577m tall to be exact, takes around 2.5 hours. Spanning a huge 6.6 miles in length.

At the summit of Pendle Hill, you’ll have magnificent views of Lancashire and Yorkshire, and on a clear day, you can see as far as Wales!

Circle the Stocks Reservoir

This is another great dog-friendly walk that circles the Stocks Reservoir, at the head of the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland. This route will take you around the gorgeous reservoir, with a beautiful natural backdrop to match. It spans 9.23 miles and takes just under 4 hours to complete.

Bolton-by-Bowland Walk

This circular 3-mile walk over mostly flat terrain takes around 1.5 hours to complete. It starts and ends in the tranquil, idyllic village of Bolton-by-Bowland, and takes you on a wonderful route across lush parkland, with views of the River Ribble and plenty of deer if you’re lucky.

Dunsop Bridge to Chipping

Starting in the small village of Dunsop Bridge, famous for being the gateway to the Trough of Bowland valley, this walk takes you through 7.75 miles of picturesque valleys and moorland through to the village of Chipping, which has over 1,000 years of history to boast of. The total walking time is between 4-4.5 hours.

Explore John Smith’s Park

If you’re looking for a stroll with plenty of activities, visit John Smith’s Park. This is the site of a former quarry that provided the stone for the construction of many local buildings. Additionally the park offers sculpture trails, ceramics and orienteering activities.

Riverside to Caton walk

For a quintessential British countryside walk, with plenty of idyllic eating spots, try the riverside walk, which starts and ends in the village of Caton. This walk is suitable for all skill levels, spanning 3.74 miles. The walk offers picture-perfect views of grass fields and takes you to the famous Crook O’Lune site; a popular location for picnics. You’ll also be lucky to take in beautiful wildlife, with special species visiting the riverbanks, depending on the season.

Book your stay

 

For some hard-earned relaxation after a full day of walking and adventure, look to Holgates Ribble Valley for perfectly situated accommodation. View Ribble Valley Holiday Homes Online. Or Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more and how we can help make your stay unforgettable.

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