LET’S TAKE THE DOG
HURST GREEN – PUNCHBOWL INN CIRCULAR
Start point: Shireburn Arms, Hurst Green
Distance: 2.5 miles Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
This is a perfectly pleasant walk on a bright and breezy day taking walkers through rolling pastures and woodland.
Keep dogs on a lead where appropriate.
This is an easy walk over farm tracks or sheep pasture. For the first part of the path follow the Ribble Way which is well waymarked. After the former Punch Bowl pub a pleasant
stroll returns the walker to Hurst Green.
1 The walk starts along Lambing Clough Lane next to the Shireburn Arms. An easy stroll along the farm road leads to Trough House. (Just after the house take the narrow left-hand and footpath to make a slight diversion to see the suspension footbridge over the Ribble.) Otherwise bear right after the farm and follow the signs for the Ribble Way which is well waymarked. The path is over a series of fields and stiles and leads to a footbridge over the brook with Hey Hurst seen in the distance. After the bridge follow the fence on the right around the field to meet the farm road. (40 min)
2 Turn right up the road. After half mile on reaching the beech wood on the right look for the footpath sign and stile into the wood leading to the footbridge over Starling Brook. On leaving the wood, head straight across the field to the next footbridge again carry on over the field to meet the farm track. Turn left and follow the track to the main road for the old Punch Bowl. (15 min)
3 Follow the farm road to Bailey Hall. At the house keep left and follow the path into the wood to the footbridge over the brook. A series of wooden steps lead out of the wood to an old metal gate. White waymarkers lead to the house seen in front of the church. Go through the yard up to the main road. To return to the car park in Hurst Green, cross the main road and walk up by the church to the T-junction. Turn right for Hurst Green. Alternatively cross the road and use the footpath along the main road to return to the Shireburn Arms. (25 min)
With thanks to Michael Wainright of Fellscape. Please go to the Fellscape website: www.fellscape.co.uk for full details and an OS map