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|The Aspinall Arms and Ribble Valley|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 22 May 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Lancashire, Great Mitton|
|A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Aspinall Arms in Little Mitton, Lancashire. The Aspinall Arms is a coaching inn believed to date from the 17th century and offers lovely views over the river, the perfect lunch stop before or after your walk. The walking route takes in the glorious Ribble Valley following a mixture of riverside paths, grazing pastures, ancient lanes and wild moorland with excellent views throughout. |
There are several steady climbs and descents throughout. The paths are a mixture of pavements, stone tracks and grass paths across pastures, the latter of which can be very muddy after rain so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates and four stiles. Some of the kissing gates are quite tight (be prepared to breath in!) and the stiles are quite enclosed (small/medium dogs should be able to squeeze through the gaps but larger dogs may need a lift over). You will be sharing some of the pastures with cattle and/or sheep so take care with dogs. Approximate time 1.5 hours.
Great Mitton and Little Mitton are located on the B6246, about one mile north of Whalley and a couple of miles south-west of Clitheroe in Lancashire. The walk starts and finishes at the Aspinall Arms, which has its own car park and is on the B6246 Mitton Road, just south of the bridge over the River Ribble. Approximate post code BB7 9PQ.
|Start to Footbridge|
Start point: 53.8436 lat, -2.432 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance. Turn left for a few paces and then left again through a wooden kissing gate to join the signed footpath, the Ribble Way. (Note: you may come across cattle in any of the fields so take care with dogs). Follow the left-hand edge of this large grass field passing a derelict barn and then the pub’s overflow car park on the left. Beyond this, the views to the left open up. You’ll see the River Ribble below and the church at Great Mitton sitting high on the banks on the opposite side.
|Footbridge to Shuttleworth Farm|
Start point: 53.8464 lat, -2.4243 long
Cross the footbridge (which has low stiles each end) to reach the next large open field. Cross this field heading for the small brick building alongside the river, a river flow measurement station. As you reach this, simply continue on the riverside grass track, heading for the concrete bridge visible ahead. This section of the river is particularly picturesque, with shallow clear water flowing over the rocky bed. If you take a close look you may see evidence of its healthy fish population.
|Shuttleworth Farm to Mitton Road|
Start point: 53.8523 lat, -2.4181 long
Turn right here (going back on yourself) and then swing left, passing the old stone barn to the right. Pass through the gate heading directly for the cottage in front of you. As you reach the cottage, turn right through the next gate and then swing left (passing a timber barn on the right) to join a wide surfaced track between hedgerows. Follow this stone track as it swings right and then continues straight for some distance.
|Mitton Road to End|
Start point: 53.8381 lat, -2.4207 long
Cross over with care and then turn right along the pavement. The pavement is fairly narrow so take care with children and dogs. Follow the road past Laneside Farm, Little Mitton Farm and then Mitton Hall on the left. The present hall dates from the 15th century, during the reign of Henry VII. It passed through the hands of many families including the Aspinall family (hence the name of the pub).
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Good walk - you definitely need boots for the very muddy parts!! Pub at the end is lovely!
|By Lainyk79 on 20 Aug 2016|
Very good walk but very muddy, boots definitely recommended, Aspinall Arms is very welcome at the end.
|By wally358 on 30 Jan 2017|
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|Image by: wally358 |
Uploaded: 30 Jan 2017
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