Walks with Taste


The Walks

Foothills of Pendle from the Assheton arms, Downham

This adventurous three-hour hike explores the foothills of Pendle, offering extensive views of the Ribble Valley, before diving into the wooded valleys beneath its flanks. It’s the perfect route for a Sunday morning ramble or a summer evening amble.

7.8km / 4.8miles | 2 ½ to 3 hours Moderate: 250m of ascent some, short, steep

Panoramic views both north and south from Foxfields Country Hotel

Admire spectacular views across two stunning valley landscapes. An early climb will be well worth it, with panoramic views across the Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north, and then, once you have crossed the hill, the Pennines to the south. It is the perfect route for a mid-week escape followed by a sumptuous meal.

4km / 2.5miles | 1 1 ⁄2 to 2 hours fairly challenging with an early climb to the top of the hill, ladder stiles and perhaps boggy in places

Spectacular views of Pendle Hill and a meander through Sabden from Higher Trapp Hotel

Admire spectacular views of Pendle and the South Pennines as you pass through pastoral countryside. The trees along the route are also particularly interesting, with the route passing through beautiful old Beech woods on the lowland followed the shapes of weathered trees on the high ground

8km / 5miles | 2 to 21 ⁄2 hours partly challenging walk, long steady climb and a lit

Riverside ramble and picnic beside the Ribble from Holmes Mill Clitheroe

This easy riverside ramble starts from Holmes Mill, where you can enjoy a pre- or post-walk meal, or shop for some mouth-watering picnic treats before wandering through the grounds of Clitheroe’s Norman Castle to the River Ribble – the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch or picnic supper.

6.2 miles/10km | 31 ⁄2 hours Pretty challenging – a long, steady climb on field paths and tracks followed by a rugged descent.

Beacon Hill from the Spread Eagle Inn, Sawley

Admire spectacular panoramic views of the Yorkshire Dales, the Bowland Fells and the Ribble Valley on this rewarding hike to the summit of Beacon Hill before returning to the Spread Eagle via ancient drovers’ tracks for a well-deserved drink.

 6.2 miles/10km | 31 ⁄2 hours Pretty challenging – a long, steady climb on field paths and tracks followed by a rugged descent.

The Aspinall arms and the Ribble Valley

A 3 mile circular pub walk from the Aspinall Arms taking in glorious riverside paths, grazing pastures, ancient lanes and wild moorland of Ribble Valley, with excellent views throughout.

3 miles/4.8 km | 1.5 hours Moderate – steep climbs and steps.

Uphill and down dale around Lancashire’s prettiest village from the Waddington Arms

A pleasant afternoon ramble through the pastures above Waddington and up onto the fell for breath-taking views over the Ribble Valley before returning via pretty wooded ghylls for a pint at a bustling pub at the heart of the village.

7km / 4.3miles | 2 to 21 ⁄2 hours Moderate: 160m of ascent on good paths with several stiles.

Walks with Taste are sponsored by Whalley Warm and Dry 

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