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|Hurst Green and the Ribble Valley|
|Author: Claire, Published: 23 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 5.5 mile circular pub walk through the spectacular Ribble Valley in the Forest of Bowland. The walk starts and finishes at The Bayley Arms, a pub with great character and ambience and perfect for refreshments before or after your walk. The route takes in the riverside path alongside the Ribble plus the surrounding fields and tracks. There are beautiful views throughout as you take in this peaceful and tranquil setting which, some speculate, could have been Tolkien’s inspiration for the Shires in the Lord of the Rings novels. |
There are several climbs and descents throughout and the paths are generally grass paths and tracks across pastures which can be very muddy after rain. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus six stiles, all of which are fairly enclosed so dogs may need a lift over. Several of the pastures you cross are likely to be holding cattle and/or sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 2 to 2.5 hours.
Hurst Green is located on the B6243 Whalley Road between Clitheroe and Longridge in Lancashire. The Bayley Arms is located on Avenue Road. Parking is available at the pub, at the parish hall on Avenue Road, or you can park (with respect for local residents) on Avenue Road itself. Once you’ve parked, make your way to the public toilets on Avenue Road to start the walk (these are fairly close to the junction with the main Whalley Road). Approximate post code BB7 9QB.
|Start to River Ribble|
Start point: 53.8372 lat, -2.4802 long
Standing on Avenue Road with the public toilets to the left, walk ahead down the hill to reach the village crossroads. Pass to the right of the village war memorial, cross over the main road with care and take the lane opposite which runs to the left of the Shireburn Arms. Pass the pub buildings to the right and the pub car park to the left to reach a gate into a large open pasture.
|River Ribble to Jumbles Barn|
Start point: 53.8317 lat, -2.4726 long
Follow the path to reach the aqueduct, a stone bridge carrying water pipes across the river. Cross the stile alongside the aqueduct and continue on the riverside path. You will pass a small fishing hut on the right, simply continue your riverside journey crossing another stile and then two gates along the way.
|Jumbles Barn to Winkley Hall Farm|
Start point: 53.8346 lat, -2.4541 long
Continue on the lane and you will pass a small brick building, the New Jumbles river flow measurement station on the right. Immediately after this turn right over the large wooden elaborate stile (which resembles a flight of steps) to join the grass riverside path.
|Winkley Hall Farm to Hall Barn Farm|
Start point: 53.8411 lat, -2.4427 long
Turn left and follow the farm track as it swings right between the barns and then left passing a pond on the left. Follow the main access lane as it climbs fairly steeply and then swings left passing Winkley Hall. The original Winkley Hall dates from the 1500s and was once at the heart of a large estate. The modernised private property today only retains a couple of windows dating from the 1600s.
|Hall Barn Farm to End|
Start point: 53.8439 lat, -2.4678 long
Continue past the farm buildings on the right and pass through the small metal gate ahead to reach a crossroads of paths. Keep straight ahead onto the tarmac lane. Ahead and to the right you’ll see the impressive buildings of Stonyhurst College, including the distinctive griffin-topped gatehouses.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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