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7 great walks in the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland

PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 21:57 30 July 2018

This view Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green is well worth a short detour

This view Stonyhurst College at Hurst Green is well worth a short detour

A selection of walks near the A59 taking in the beauty of Pendle Hill, Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland


Chipping to Parlick Pike circular

Head out from the quaint village of Chipping and explore some rugged terrain in the areas around Fair Snape Fell and Parlick Pike.

Click here to view the Parlick Pike walk


The war memorial at Hurst GreenThe war memorial at Hurst Green

Hurst Green and Ribchester

A walk which follows the Ribble Way though the countryside around Ribchester, take a detour from the route to explore Stonyhurst College and the famous Tolkien Trail.

Click here to view the Hurst Green and Ribchester walk


Pendle From PendletonPendle From Pendleton

Pendleton to Downham circular

This circuit walk takes in the villages Pendleton, Downham, and Worston, and passes through some of our loveliest countryside and our finest watering holes.

Click here to view the Pendleton to Downham walk


Another walker makes it to the top without interference from the local witchesAnother walker makes it to the top without interference from the local witches

Pendle Hill

Most people tackle the summit of Pendle Hill from the starting point of Nick of Pendle, which lies just to the south-west of the hill; this walk sets out from Downham which lies to the north-west.

Click here to view the Downham to Pendle Hill walk


The view to SabdenThe view to Sabden

Read, Sabden and Pendle Hill

A walk around that explores the area of wooded, rolling country to the south of Pendle Hill that is bounded by Sabden and Read.

Click here to view the route of the Read and Sabden walk




Glorious walking in the fells near Waddington on the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

Click here to view the route of the Waddington walk


Bridge at SawleyBridge at Sawley

Sawley to Bolton-by-Bowland

Step through Lancashire's heritage on this cricular walk from Sawley to Bolton by Bowland on the eastern edge of the Forest of Bowland.

Click here to see the route of of the Sawley walk


All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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