Gisburn and the Ribble

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The Ribble Valley has many hundreds of footpaths making attractive walks and those from Gisburn are no exception. The charm of this walk is the magnificent head-on view of nearby Pendle on the outward route, although the short stretch by the Ribble is most attractive.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
27/02/2014 - mark archer

I incorporated this walk into a longer walk I made up, but I want to really refer to the descent to the Ribble after Gisburn Cotes through the aptly named Steep Wood. I walk about 100 miles each month along highways, byways, up hill and down dale and I have to say the stepped descent aforementioned is one of the most dangerous I have encountered. With a steep drop on one side, an unfavourable camber along with extensive slippery mud, this section of the Ribble Way is an accident waiting to happen. For an established walking route, surely it is time urgent reparations are made to this part of the walk before someone breaks an ankle or a leg dropping down here. In the two visits I've made, I've now fallen on this section four times. Backpackers beware!

03/02/2013 - mark archer

A super walk especially the drop down to the Ribble although I nearly came a cropper approaching the steps on the wet mud! The toilets mentioned next to the parking place no longer exist, however there is a small layby 70m further on with room for 3-4 cars over the railway line.

02/04/2007 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Beautiful walk on a lovely spring day. No sign now of the tatty stile at waymark 11 - we had to climb over the fence which was barbed wire but there was one bit where the wire had been tucked under. The stile at wayamrk 13 is on the left not the right. Also worth noting that I, Marian, felt the stretch at waymark 21 warranted higher than an easy grade but then I don't like heights with edges and have only short legs and the steps were very steep! 

There is an hourly bus service (no. 280 or X80) from Preston to Skipton which passes through Gisburn.   

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