Walks in Ribble Country

An illustrated guide to 30 walks 'twixt Ribblehead and Lytham

By Jack Keighley

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.



All year round.


Ribblehead, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, Long Preston, Clitheroe, Whalley, Ribchester, Longridge and Lytham.


Walks are all half- to full-days. Nothing hard.
Must See

Must See

The source high above Ribblehead, the Dales down to Settle, the gentle land between the Dales and the Forest of Bowland.
1 Sep 1999
20 Apr 2010
21.7 x 14.5 x 1.0cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Some words of advice
    The Walks
    Location of walks and maps required
    About this book

    The Walks
    1.   Thorns Gill and Ling Gill
    2.   Around Ribblehead
    3.   Whernside
    4.   Alum Pot
    5.   Potholes of Birkwith
    6.   Penyghent and Plover Hill
    7.   Horton and Helwith Bridge
    8.   Waterfalls of Stainforth
    9.   Giggleswick Scar
    10.   The Settle Caves
    11.   South from Settle
    12.   The Ings of Ribble
    13.   Long Preston
    14.   Hellifield
    15.   Paythorne and Gisburne Park
    16.   The Ribble Gorge
    17.   Beacon Hill
    18.   Pendle Hill
    19.   West Bradford Hill
    20.   Bashall and Waddington
    21.   Great Mitton
    22.   Whalley and Old Langho
    23.   Longridge Fell
    24.   Hurst Green and Dutton
    25.   Dinckley
    26.   Ribchester
    27.   Osbaldeston
    28.   Longridge and Knowle Green
    29.   Longston Marshes
    30.   The Ribble Estuary

  • Maps

    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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    August 2005

    Walk 16

    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.

    Walk 27

    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

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.

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