A Walker's paradise
Ribble Valley has 81 kilometres of footpaths and bridleways that includes parts of the Forest of Bowland
'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Re-discover your enthusiasm for the great outdoors, with Ribble Valley's dramatic landscapes, exhilarating views and peaceful surroundings.
Now you can explore even more
From serious rambling to Sunday strolling, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the hills and dales of the Ribble Valley on foot. Whether it's a short walk along the banks of a river to a more strenuous climb to the top 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.
Make it The Ribble Way
The Ribble Way is a 70-mile route (113km) which follows the course of the River Ribble from its source at Ribblehead 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 beautifully 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. There are several specialist shops providing outdoor clothing including Ken Varey's Outdoor World near to Clitheroe Market and Whalley Warm and Dry on King Street, Whalley.
For the less energetic, pull on your wellies and visit the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail at Brungerly Park where the spectacular riverside 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.
Ribble Valley is the perfect destination for country walking and many of our tourism business make a special effort to welcome walkers.
Hotels and accommodation
We've put together some ideas for a few Ribble Valley Walking Routes - click on the 'Related Downloads' link below, then click on 'Walking Routes' to find out more.