GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

River Hodder Walk

27 miles (43 km)

Follow the River Hodder on this stunning waterside walk through the beautiful Forest of Bowland.
The walk begins at Great Mitton and heads north through Whitewell, Newton and Slaidburn before a wonderful section around Stocks Reservoir finishes the route.
There's great views of the surrounding Bowland Hills and lots of wildlife to look out for on the river.
The Inn at Whitewell sits next to the river at Whitewell and is a great place to stop for refreshments or use as a base. The route also passes the expansive Gisburn Forest which has miles of woodland trails, streams and waterfalls to explore. You could use the route, the forest trails and Stocks Reservoir to create a nice circular walk here.

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River Hodder Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

River Hodder Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Inn At Whitewell is a great place for refreshments after your walk. The beautiful inn sits in a wonderful location high on the banks of the River Hodder. It's a place of some note with a history stretching back hundreds of years. In the 1300’s the inn was just a small manor house, lived in by the keepers of the Royal forest. It was not until the 1700’s, that the building was transformed into a resting place where travellers en route to or from Lancaster could safely stay before continuing their perilous journey.
The inn has got a delightful interior and a nice outdoor seating area with views over the river. It's the ideal spot to rest your legs on a summer day. After your meal you can enjoy a stroll along the river where there are stepping stones and a waterfall nearby. You can find the inn a couple of miles south of Dunsop Bridge at postcode BB7 3AT.
The Inn at Whitewell - - 1003494 River Hodder below The Inn at Whitewell - - 1573366
Picture above: the Inn at Whitewell and the River Hodder stepping stones just below the inn.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you have some time pay a visit to the nearby Bowland Wild Boar Park. The park is a highglight of the area withanimal feeding, tractor rides, plays areas and a cafe. There's also some nice riverside walks along the River Hodder here too.
There's lots of different animals in the park including Red Deer, Peacock, Ostriches, Emu and of course Wild Boar. You can explore the site on 7 different waymarked nature trails. It's a lovely place for a stroll with bluebell woods, sculptures and plenty of wildlife to look out for on the way.
The park is located in the heart of the Trough of Bowland situated about 2 miles from the picturesque village of Chipping, on the Chipping to Dunsop Bridge road. They are signposted clearly from Chipping and have a postcode of PR3 2QT for your sat navs.
Bowland Wild Boar Park (geograph 3369309) Good Catch - - 206772
Above: Views of the park with the River Hodder and a wooden sculpture on the right.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


River Hodder, Weir - - 896555

River Hodder, Weir near the start at Great Mitton

Lower Hodder Bridge - - 2577620

Lower Hodder Bridge

Stepping Stones over the River Hodder - Whitewell - - 2519462

Stepping Stones over the river near the inn at Whitewell

River Hodder, east of Newton - - 1537889

River Hodder, east of Newton

River Hodder between Slaidburn and Newton - - 1539774

Between Slaidburn and Newton

Slaidburn Bridge - - 874596

Slaidburn Bridge

River Hodder South of Newton - - 1958965

Beautiful countryside south of Newton

Stocks Reservoir - - 2908659

Stocks Reservoir


GPS Files

GPX File

Hodder Way.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Hodder Way.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)