Walks with Taste


WELCOME TO ENGLAND’S TASTIEST WALKING DESTINATION (From Love Ribble Valley Magazine 2020 by Mark Sutcliffe)

Mark Sutcliffe is a former editor of Country Walking magazine, who returned to his native Ribble Valley to write about walking and healthy lifestyles. A regular contributor to Countryfile magazine, he is currently compiling a book of the best walks in Lancashire.

Ribble Valley is a genuine walker’s paradise. This unspoiled corner of Lancashire has it all: gentle rolling countryside, wooded river valleys and some challenging hill walks for those with an appetite for adventure. These stunning landscapes are criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways and there’s a huge selection of circular walks – ranging from riverside rambles and gentle afternoon ambles through scenic villages, to challenging mini-mountains offering stunning views for the more energetically inclined.
And after working up a healthy appetite amid the stunning scenery of the Ribble Valley, what better way to reward your exertions than with a hearty meal at one of the region’s many gastropubs and characterful country inns?
The Valley’s bustling market towns and picturesque villages are home to some of the best gastropubs in Britain, with outstanding eateries, many of which win national awards for their food and hospitality.
Events like the annual Clitheroe Food Festival have really put the area on the foodie map of Britain and the Ribble Valley is establishing a deserved reputation for offering walkers a warm Lancastrian welcome and serving up distinctive dishes reflecting the very best local produce.

Walks with Taste
Launched last year, Ribble Valley ‘Walks with Taste’ comprises a selection of some of the best pub walks in the area. Enthusiastically supported by some of the area’s most popular pubs, country inns and specialist retailers, each individual Walk with Taste is centred on a participating venue where visitors can park, lace up their boots and enjoy a glorious self-guided walk before returning to sample an authentic taste of Lancashire.

Routes vary in length from a leisurely three-mile ramble to a more challenging six-mile hike, and free route cards include a map and easy-to-follow directions – no map-reading should be required!
Walks leaflets can be downloaded from our website at visitribblevalley.co.uk/portfolio/walks-with-taste or collected from any of the host venues. They are also available from the walking footwear specialist, Whalley Warm and Dry.

And if you would like to linger longer and explore this enchanting corner of Lancashire in greater depth, most of the participating establishments also offer comfortable accommodation.

Walks with Taste in Ribble Valley
Some of the most popular walking experiences in Ribble Valley are the “Walks with Taste”, which combine attractive circular self-guided walks with amazing food experiences. There is currently a selection of ten walks, which will increase to fifteen by the end of 2020. Each walk is marked on the map on the next pages, and a self-guided walks leaflet can be collected from each of the host venues. They can also be obtained as a pack from the Platform Gallery Clitheroe or from Whalley Warm and Dry, the walking footwear specialists based in Whalley. You may park in the car park with each venue making the ideal conclusion to an enjoyable walk. The walks, which are all easy to follow, vary in distance and duration, so read the descriptions carefully to find one that suits you.

Walks with Taste are sponsored by Whalley Warm and Dry 

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