Follow the River Ribble through the beautiful Ribble Valley from its mouth at Longton, near Preston, to the source at Gayle Moor in Yorkshire.
You start at Longton just to the west of Preston and follow the river through Ribchester and Clitheroe, before reaching Gisburn. The path then crosses from Lancashire into Yorkshire before passing through the stunning Yorkshire Dales national park and finishing at the source at Gavel Moor near Ribblehead and the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct.
The route passes through a variety of landscapes including tidal marsh, open moorland and limestone gorges.
Highlights on the route include the beautiful area around Hurst Green. Around here you can pick up the where you can pick up the Tolkien Trail. The literary trail explores an area of the Ribble Valley connected with the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ribble Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ribble Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ribble Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ribble Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
On the walk you can enjoy well earned refreshments at the Station Inn (Postcode: LA6 3AS). The pub is located next to the Ribblehead Viaduct and is very walker friendly. There's a good menu and you can also book rooms for the night. Just up the road to the west you'll find the Old Hill Inn (LA6 3AR). This pub dates all the way back to 1615 and is another popular spot for walkers exploring the Dales.
In the prety village of Sawley there's the Spread Eagle Inn to cinsider. The splendid inn is located in a fine spot next to the river near the old bridge. On sunny days you can sit outside and enjoy a fine meal with views over the water. In the village you can visit the ruins of the 12th century Sawley Abbey which is run by English Heritage.