Ribchester and Longridge Fell

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The walk is a steady climb through pastures, with backward views to Pendle. The climax is the sudden arrival at the trig point on Longridge Fell which reveals immediately to the north, the edge of Bowland. Further off is Upper Ribblesdale with Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. The descent is again through pleasant sheep-grazing country. Please note the comment about a walking pole at 10.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley

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25/03/2018 - mark archer

Well I did this walk in 2013 and returned for a bit of nostalgia. Blow me! Got stuck at exactly the same place as five years previously, following the modified instructions to no avail. I took a friend with me who has navigated all over the globe and he couldn't suss it either. In the end we went through the gate at WP29 and headed round the new circular garden pond and took a route through a rickety gate and headed south. Eventually we found a stile but this is not the route suggested. Extra clues please. I've now spent two hours of my life in this field and I would love to know the proper way to go! There is a lot of new building and re-routing here, but no yellow arrows. Have they been removed?

31/08/2013 - Jim Grindle

Thanks, Chris and Mark, for alerting me to this. There is an official diversion and after a trip out there I have amended the route with new text and photographs. Parking fees £1.50 for 8 hours - not bad, I thought. I've added a note as suggested about the walking pole despite my naive assumption that the walking directions would have been studied beforehand - and thank you, everybody, for the positive comments. Jim Grindle.

27/08/2013 - Chris Baines

Having attempted this walk on a beautiful August bank holiday, I was confronted with exactly the same problem after waypoint 28 as Mark Archer. The walk is really enjoyable, and if changes are made from waypoint 28, then I would give it 5 stars.

19/08/2013 - mark archer

Well Keith, you defied someone to get lost and I did! It all went wrong at Moor House where there is now a palatial entrance and the path has been rerouted down the side of the property with very expensive looking stiles and gates. So I headed through them ignoring the notes between WPs 28-30 because these instructions were obviously now obsolete. But could I find my way past WP 29? I looked and looked but I could not marry up the comments after this point and my GPs, normally so reliable, did not help either because I could not find the relevant stile to continue the walk. In the end, I conceded defeat and headed for the road back to Ribchester. Overall a terrific walk, especially when the summit of Longridge Fell is reached with a surprise vista looking over Bowland, with views west to Morecambe Bay. Oh, just one small gripe - to be told a trekking pole would be handy at WP 10 in order to ford the stream was a mite too late. An introductory comment to take a trekking pole or two at the start of the walk would have made more sense. One more gripe - parking fees in Ribchester! Daylight robbery! End of gripes. Pretty good walk overall!!

23/08/2011 - keith evans

Did this walk August 2011. I defy anyone to get lost, the directions are 1st class. Waypoint 28 is now totally different from the photo. The path is now a surfaced road leading to new developments. The barn is now a residence. Views superb at trig point at W/P 22.

06/03/2010 - Chris Baines

An excellent walk, with very friendly locals along the way. Particularly the Farmer at Goodshaw Farm, who even invited me into his barn to watch the sheep lambing - amazing!!.

08/09/2005 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

We love the Ribble Valley but this walk must rate as one of the best we have done, perhaps partly because it was such a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky and the views from the trig point on Longridge Fell were superb. Just as lovely was walking though all the purple heather. The gate at Waymark 24 has a warning that there is a bull in the field - there was but although he watched us all the way he didn't make a move!!

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