6 great walks near the River Ribble
- Credit: Keith Carter
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.
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.
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.
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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A short riverside walk from Sawley that travels north towards Bolton-by-Bowland, another village that became part of Lancashire in 1974.
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.
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.