Walking in Bowland – A Walkers Paradise

Ribble Valley has 81 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways that includes parts of the forest of Bowland AONB.

From serious rambling to Sunday strolling, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the hills and dales of the Ribble Valley on foot. Whether its a short walk along the banks of a river to a more strenuous climb to thetop of Pendle Hill, there’s something for everyone looking for fresh air, exercise and inspiring landscapes whatever your age or ability.

The new countryside access right in the Forest of Bowland has opened up even more opportunities to walk freely across areas of mapped, open and spectacular countryside giving you some of the roughest and remote walking in the North West of England.

The Ribble Way is a 70 mile route which follows the course of the river Ribble from its source at Ribble Head to the estuary at Preston; passing through a variety of terrain and views including limestone gorge, open moorland and tidal marsh. Visit Edisford picnic site in Clitheroe and you’ll see the beautiful commissioned plinth and plaque which depicts the river Ribble from source to sea.

Give your car a break and try one of Ribble Valley’s car free itineraries which make use of local trails and public transport. The Clitheroe interchange in the centre of the town has regular bus routes out to the pretty villages and more remote locations where you can make your way back on foot.

For the less energetic, put on your wellies and visit the Ribble Valley sculpture trail at Bungerley park which is a short car ride into Waddington this is where you will see spectacular riverside views.  These views provide a backdrop that changes with the seasons, producing a peacefully inspiring outdoor gallery of nature themed sculptures by local artists in a variety of medium.

The cottage is also only a short drive from The Tolkien Trail.  This is where “The Lord of  the Rings” trilogy was written.  J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife loved visiting the area and also loved going to Stoneyhurst College – this is a must see when visiting the cottage.  So if you are interested in the Hobbit etc you are in for a treat.

Information on all local activities is kept at all times at the School House Cottage.

Walk of the Month

Why not try out this months walk of the month from Downham which is a circular walk.

Downham Circular Walk

if you would like a downloadable map http://www.forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/walks/DownhamCirc2.pdf

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