Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched a series of walks, working with some of the best known eating establishments. This Walk with Taste takes us on a riverside ramble

Walks with Taste are self-guided walks that begin from various food establishments around the Ribble Valley, and they vary in distance and terrain, which means there is something to suit everyone.

A unique dining, retail and leisure experience, historic Holmes Mill is home to a brewery, beer hall, hotel, restaurants, cafe and the extraordinary Bowland Food Hall.

1. After selecting your picnic treats at Bowland Food Hall, turn left out of the doors, then left again onto the pedestrian walk way, up the steps and through the gravel car park onto the street. Turn right then cross the road to enter the castle grounds via the gate opposite the pub.

2. Climb to the top of the castle for amazing views over the Ribble Valley then descend via the paths to the children’s playground. From here, head right past the church then left at the mini-roundabout and past the supermarket and railway station.

3. Beyond the station, take the cobbled road left underneath the railway bridge and follow it as it winds right past the Royal Mail sorting office then left after the playground. Turn right into Mitton Avenue then left at the end of the street, following the road past the cemetery to the river. Beware of the traffic on the final section where the footpath runs out and at the bridge, take the steps to the left down to the riverbank.

4. Continue downstream through the little wood and past the waterfalls below Waddow Hall, following the path as it leaves the river and becomes a rough track past the allotments into the former mill village of Lowmoor. Continue along the road until it turns sharp left, then cross the road to take the short driveway into the playing fields. Follow the path around right hand perimeter of the playing fields to join the road between the tennis courts and swimming pool.

5. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing and head right, walking downhill to join the river at Edisford. Follow the footpath downstream for quarter of a mile and continue on the path as it leaves the river and heads left over farmland and through a couple of kissing gates to meet a farm track and then a country lane. Cross the lane and through the kissing gate next to the house and into the fields beyond, following the stream to the railway bridge.

6. Go through the kissing gate under the arches and follow the track to the housing estate. Continue through the kissing gate straight ahead to join Woone Lane and head for the castle, which appears after 250 metres. Continue along Woone Lane to its junction with Greenacre Street. Turn right then left to return to Holmes Mill.

7. Enjoy a refreshing drink from the huge selection of cask ales and craft beers on offer at Bowland Beer Hall or sample a cocktail or glass of chilled wine from the extensive wine list at the Spinning Block bar and grill.

Holmes Mill
Greenacre Street, Clitheroe BB7 1EB
01200 407111

Walks with Taste are downloadable at: www.visitribblevalley.co.uk



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