6 great walks near the River Ribble

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 June 2019 | UPDATED: 10:38 09 August 2019

View of the Ribble near Sawley by Keith Carter

View of the Ribble near Sawley by Keith Carter

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The River Ribble passes through many of our towns and villages and some breathtaking countryside as it makes its 75 mile journey from its source in the Yorkshire Dales to the Ribble Estuary near Lytham and Southport, where it joins the Irish Sea. We pick a small selection of walks from our archive that feature the famous waterway.

Beside the Ribble close to the Grindleton Bridge by John LenehanBeside the Ribble close to the Grindleton Bridge by John Lenehan

Chatburn and Grindleton

Chatburn lies in the narrow corridor between the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill, start out from this pretty village on a horseshoe walk that crosses over the Ribble and back again.

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A salmon fisherman in the Ribble near Paythorne by John LenehanA salmon fisherman in the Ribble near Paythorne by John Lenehan

Gisburn and Paythorne

Gisburn lies on the south-eastern point of the Forest of Bowland and only became part of Lancashire in the boundary changes in 1974, we head north towards Paythorne and back again.

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Pendle Hill from Mitton Bridge by John LenehanPendle Hill from Mitton Bridge by John Lenehan

Mitton

Mitton is the point where the two famous waterways of the Hodder and the Ribble, this circular walk includes sections of both rivers.

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The Bridge at Sawley by Keith CarterThe Bridge at Sawley by Keith Carter

Sawley

A short riverside walk from Sawley that travels north towards Bolton-by-Bowland, another village that became part of Lancashire in 1974.

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The Ribble near Marles Wood by Keith CarterThe Ribble near Marles Wood by Keith Carter

Ribchester and Hurst Green

Most walkers head to Hurst Green to experience the famous Tolkien Trail, this route from Ribchester takes in a section of the Ribble Way on it's way to the home of Stonyhurst.

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Stainforth Force by Terry FletcherStainforth Force by Terry Fletcher

Stainforth

The River Ribble rises in Yorkshire at the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and not far from here is the force of nature that is Stainforth Force.

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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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