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ribble valley walks

Walk Whalley Pendle hill

We are very lucky to be situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley, with many of it’s rolling hills and stunning landscapes designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it’s a walkers paradise!

Whether you choose a serious ramble or a gentle stroll, you will be rewarded with breathtaking countryside.

walks with taste in the ribble valley

Combining wonderful walks with delicious food sounds like a winning formula to us- who doesn't love good walks and good food?

These 7 self-guided, circular walks offer the perfect opportunity to walk in the stunning Ribble Valley countryside and finish with a hearty meal and a well deserved drink!

Each route starts and finishes at a delightful place to eat.

The walks vary in distance and terrain so there should be something to suit everyone! The hard part is deciding which walk to choose first! 

Ribble Valley Walks

THE ASPINALL ARMS & THE RIBBLE VALLEY

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

The Aspinall Arms is a 19th Century coaching Inn, that sits on the banks of the River Ribble, overlooking the All Hallows' Medieval Church and Great Mitton Hall. 

3 miles / 4.8 km

1.5 hours

Moderate: steep climbs and steps

Dog friendly - Livestock will be grazing in most of the fields, so please keep dogs under control and ideally on a lead.

THE 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 ramble.

The Assheton Arms is a popular destinationn inn, overlooking the picture postcard village of Downahm with a large outdoor seating area offering outstanding views of Pendle Hill.

4.8 miles / 7.8 km

2.5 - 3 hours

Moderate: 250m of ascent. Some short, steep climbs. Several stiles.

Dog friendly - - Livestock will be grazing in most of the fields, so please keep dogs under control and ideally on a lead.

Ribble Valley Walks
Ribble Valley Walks

A RIVERSIDE RAMBLE AND PICNIC BESIDE THE RIBBLE

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 Normal Castle to the River Ribble - the perfect spot for an alfresco lunch or picnoc supper.

Holmes Mill is a lovingly restored Victorian textile mill at the heart of the bustling market town of Clitheroe. It offers a unique dining, retail and leisure experience which includes a brewery, beer hall, hotel, restaurants, cafe and the extraordinary Bowland Food Hall; a temple to fine local food.

4.2 miles / 6.8 km

1.5 - 2 hours

Easy: 100 m of ascent on good paths with just a few stiles.

Dog friendly - Livestock will be grazing in most of the fields, so please keep dogs under control and ideally on a lead.

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.

Nestling in the beautiful village of Sawley, The Spread Eagle is a historic coahing inn. With the river running at one side and the remains of a Cistercian Sawley Abbey on the other, it boasts a picture perfect location. 

6.2 miles / 10 km

3.5 hours

Pretty challenging: a long, steady climb on field paths and tracks, followed by a rugged descent

Ribble Valley Walks
Ribble Valley Walks

UPHILL AND DOWN DALE AROUND LANCASHIRE'S PRETTIEST VILLAGE

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.

The Waddington Arms is a wonderfully welcoming country inn located beside an ancient bablling brook at at the hub of a vibrant village.

4.3 miles / 7 km

2 - 2.5 hours

Moderate: 160m of ascent on good paths with several stiles.

Dog friendly - Livestock will be grazing in most of the fields, so please keep dogs under control and ideally on a lead.

SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF PENDLE HILL AND A MEANDER THROUGH SABDEN

You will be rewarded with wonderful views of Pendle and the South Penines 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 by the shapes of weathered trees on the high ground.

Set in 36 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, the Best Western Higher Trapp Hotel, with on-site restaurant, is full of charm, comfort and luxury.

5 miles / 8 km

2 - 2.5 hours

Partly challenging walk: long steady climb and a little wet in a very few places.

Ribble Valley Walks
Ribble Valley Walks

PANORAMIC VIEWS BOTH NORTH AND SOUTH

Admire breathtaking views across two stunning 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 Penines to the south. It is the perfect route for a mid-week escape followed by a sumptious meal.

The Foxfields Country Hotel is the home of Artisan Ribble Valley. Born out of passion of where they are from, this restaurant is a food celebration of county pride and Ribble Valley love.

2.5 miles / 4 km

1.5 - 2 hours

Fairly challenging walk: early climb to the top of the hill, ladder stiles and perhaps boggy in places.

clitheroe Ramblers

Clitheroe Ramblers, one of our local Ramblers groups, are a very active and friendly group and extend a warm welcome to new walkers. 

They have a wonderful programme of group walks suitable for all ages and abilities, all led by experienced walk leaders. 

To download the 2019 Walks programme, please click 'Download' below.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
& Sunday 12pm - 4pm