Walks in Ribble Country
An illustrated guide to 30 walks 'twixt Ribblehead and Lytham
A guidebook to 30 hand written and illustrated circular family walks of 6 to 8 miles based on the 75-mile route of the Ribble from its source on the Yorkshire Dales, along the Ribble Valley, to reaching the Irish Sea. Includes Ribblehead, Horton, Settle and the country around Clitheroe, Whalley and Ribchester.
SeasonsAll year round.
CentresRibblehead, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, Long Preston, Clitheroe, Whalley, Ribchester, Longridge and Lytham.
DifficultyWalks are all half- to full-days. Nothing hard.
Must SeeThe source high above Ribblehead, the Dales down to Settle, the gentle land between the Dales and the Forest of Bowland.
The River Ribble rises in the wild heights of the Yorkshire Dales and flows for 75 miles through some of the loveliest and most varied scenery that Yorkshire and Lancashire have to offer. This idyllic countryside provides the setting for these 30 delightful circular walks. They have been selected to appeal to all tastes, and range from simple valley strolls to strenuous fell expeditions.
Hand-written and illustrated in Jack Keighley's highly distinctive style, each chapter contains:
- Parking information
- A meticulously detailed map
- Concise route descriptions
- A general description of the terrain
- Notes on features of interest.
The walks are fairly uniform in length, an average of 6½ miles, making them half-day rather than full-day excursions.
Some words of advice
Location of walks and maps required
About this book
- Thorns Gill and Ling Gill
- Around Ribblehead
- Alum Pot
- Potholes of Birkwith
- Penyghent and Plover Hill
- Horton and Helwith Bridge
- Waterfalls of Stainforth
- Giggleswick Scar
- The Settle Caves
- South from Settle
- The Ings of Ribble
- Long Preston
- Paythorne and Gisburne Park
- The Ribble Gorge
- Beacon Hill
- Pendle Hill
- West Bradford Hill
- Bashall and Waddington
- Great Mitton
- Whalley and Old Langho
- Longridge Fell
- Hurst Green and Dutton
- Longridge and Knowle Green
- Longston Marshes
- The Ribble Estuary
OS Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000, Southern and Western Areas
OS Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000, Sheet 41
OS Pathfinder 1:25,000, 669, 688, 680, 678
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The path between points 6 and 9 on this walk has been closed. A new version of the route will appear in the spring 2010 reprinting of the guidebook and be posted here as soon as information is available.
Between points 17 and 18 the path no longer runs through the grounds of Oxendale Hall. The route description should now be:
17 Drop to footbridge and climb to stile. Follow path signs around the grounds of Oxendale Hall until reaching the lane.
18 Turn left for a few yards and then R (signpost Roberts House Farm). Follow LH field boundary. Pass between two barns then R along a farm road.
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Jack Keighley has developed a unique style of guidebooks based on his own research and artistic skills. Born in Rimington, he taught at Park Secondary School, Colne, in 1959/60 before becoming a headmaster in Yorkshire. He now lives in Skipton and is accompanied on his walks by his faithful Border terrier, Brandy.View Guidebooks by Jack Keighley