Walks with Taste
In Ribble Valley
The Ribble Valley is a genuine walker’s paradise with its gentle rolling countryside, wooded river valleys and some challenging hill walks for those with an appetite for adventure!
Working with some of the best-known eating establishments, Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched Walks with Taste. One of them starting, from the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green, takes walkers on a route through woods and valleys then back to this traditional pub with its cosy log fires and relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
1. From the front door of the pub, turn left and, after 25 yards, take the farm track on the left along Lambing Clough Lane. Descend past the houses and over the cattle grids for half-a-mile and follow the track between farm buildings, bearing slightly right to follow the footpath along the edge of the woods which leads to the newly restored footbridge over the Ribble.
2. Cross the bridge then turn right and follow the riverbank path for half-a-mile to Marles Wood. Continue through the woods, to where the river widens into a picturesque lagoon.
3. Bear left following the path away from the river then after a short distance, just before the steps, take the footpath to your right down across a footbridge and up the other side to continue straight on through woods to the lane. Turn right along the lane and continue past Salesbury Hall.
4. Follow the lane for three-quarters-of-a-mile to the bridge at Ribchester. Take care crossing the bridge, and then turn right along a track following the Ribble Way footpath upstream.
5. Follow the lane to the farmyard, and turn right, down to the river where you bear left to follow the path upstream. Continue for half-a-mile through a kissing gate and over a footbridge into the woods as the river meanders round to the right.
6. Soon after the right-hand bend in the river, the footpath leaves the riverside and climbs left through the woods and through a kissing gate onto open pastureland. Continue along the edge of the woods then head straight across the field, through the next gate.
7. After the gate, head slightly left across the field, slightly uphill, to a signpost on the edge of the coppice then continue over a stile in the corner of the field. Go diagonally over the next field to a gate, to a track and turn right and then almost immediately left through a gate. Follow the left-hand field boundary as it curves round to reach a footbridge in the corner of the field.
8. Across the footbridge, follow the path along with the woodland on your left for 50 yards then head half right, diagonally across the field through a dry valley, to a stile next to an oak tree. Continue over the next field for 250 yards, descending to a stream, crossing a footbridge and following the path along the edge of the woods for 200 yards before crossing a stile, continuing across the field to return to Lambing Clough Farm.
9. Turn left into Lambing Clough Lane following it uphill and at the top turn right to the Shireburn Arms.
It is recommended that you contact the pub directly before visiting
This walk has been reproduced with the kind permission of Ribble Valley Borough Council. It forms a series of Walks with Taste that can be downloaded at: visitribblevalley.co.uk/portfolio/walks-with-taste