Walking


A Walkers’ Paradise!

Ribble Valley boasts some of the finest unspoilt landscapes in the north of England and the area is well blessed with an amazing selection of self-guided trails to help you discover wonderful places for yourself.

Alternatively, there are plenty of opportunities to join guided walks led by knowledgeable leaders, many starting and ending at some of our cosiest hostelries, ideal for post-walk refreshments!

For the serious rambler, there is an excellent network of well-maintained public paths to explore, and for the keen long distance walker the ‘Ribble Way’ is a 70-mile route with the Ribble Valley stretch of the route containing the most dramatic scenery.

Whether it’s a short walk in the forest, or a more strenuous climb to the top of Pendle Hill, there’s something for everyone looking for fresh air, exercise, and inspiring landscapes, and routes to suit whatever your age or ability.

Of course you could always 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 Travel Interchange, located in the centre of the town, has bus routes out to the pretty villages and more remote locations, from where you can make your way back on foot.

If you are passionate about walking then a visit to Whalley Warm and Dry on King Street in the village, must be on your ‘to do’ list whilst visiting the area. Here, the team strives to provide the best quality outdoor clothing and footwear, combined with best possible customer service, both online and in store. The team at Whalley Warm and Dry understand the importance of properly fitted, supportive footwear and its impact on comfort and the enjoyment of your walk. Customers travel from across the country to take advantage of their multi award-winning specialist boot fitting service.

Ribble Valley is a paradise for visitors with dogs, with plenty of amazing walks and facilities which your dog can enjoy either with or without you as there are many dog walking services available and even a dog play barn where it can be left for the day.

When visiting for the first time you will find that well behaved dogs are welcome in many of the places to stay. Hotels like the Shireburn Arms, or the Spread Eagle at Sawley are good examples, together with many cottages and self-catering cottages, such as Wolfen Mill Country Retreats, Chipping. The Derby Arms near Longridge is particularly well located as a base to explore the dramatic hills and forests around Longridge Fell.

Moreover, an increasing number of pubs have areas in which dogs may accompany their owners whilst they dine, and many have welcoming open fires which are so cosy after a refreshing walk on a frosty morning. The Waddington Arms in Waddington, and the Assheton Arms in Downham, are but two of many such pubs, set in picturesque countryside with a selection of beautiful walks to enjoy.

Some of our most popular walking routes start and finish at a village inn, where there is always a warm welcome for walkers, and most allow well behaved dog companions too! Where better to finish a day’s walk than sitting by a roaring log fire, drink in hand,having enjoyed a sumptuous home cooked meal?

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