Bolton-by-Bowland - Beacon Hill - Grindleton - Sawley

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This walk includes part of the Ribble Way as well as a section of 'A Journey through the Centre of the Kingdom'. It goes through a charming stretch of the Ribble Valley and gives you the chance to look at the remains of Sawley Abbey and also at the lesser known King Henry's Well, albeit across a wall! The modest peak of Beacon Hill above the village of Grindleton, named after one of the leading local families, is a magnificent viewpoint with a complete panorama.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
06/11/2017 - Penny Pitty

I led a group of Clitheroe Ramblers (14 of us in all) on this route on Saturday, 4 November. All agreed that it was a well varied walk and enjoyable. The very wet conditions underfoot made it hard work at times, but then we have had a lot of rain recently. I had had a better view from Beacon Hill when checking it a week earlier, but we still had some excellent views and these were appreciated. Some comments on specific sections of the route. The stile at waymark 6 had largely collapsed and also the one opposite. We used the gate to the right of the stile which took us conveniently to the farm track. No yellow arrow at WM 11, but not a problem. At WM 13 we followed the route as described, but one of our group with a GPS pointed out that there is a path shown which runs to the right of the farm ahead, which may now be usable. Stepstile shown at WM 15 is now a kissing gate. The stile at WM 29 is also now a kissing gate which can be reached without crossing the plank bridge. When checking the walk the field mentioned in WM 35 was full of sweet corn, over my head in height. I managed to find my way through and emerged near a gate. However, a week later it had been harvested!

16/06/2013 - mark archer

It was quite a haul up to Beacon Hill, more than I expected, however the views from the top of this isolated summit were well worth it. Wandering off the top through the plantations of felled trees was a bit of a shame - natural debris of tree stumps and branches is a bit of a mess really. One wonders how long it will take to recover to a more natural state. After that however, the drop down to Grindleton was very pleasant as was the walk alongside the Ribble, though my feet had had enough by then!It is quite fun to see how the walks on this website overlap. I recognised the bridge leading up to Chatburn with a previous Ribble Valley Walk I had done listed on here. My geographical knowledge of my local area is becoming greatly enhanced by the contributors of walks on this website and I would like to say thank you to all of them for taking time to publish their walk details.

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