Whalley Nab

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From Spring Wood to Whalley, walk over the Nab and along the Waterside to Cock Bridge. Next is an ascent to Read Hall and Clerk Hill, followed by a downward return to Spring Wood.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, River, Toilets
25/11/2016 - Francine Sagar

Absolutely stunning walk. Very dog friendly, but only if your dog can manage very high stiles(about 5 of them towards the end of the walk). SatNav access info did NOT take us to the carpark. Some more stiles / kissing gate replacements. At point 18 there is an additional farm 'metal cage' along the way, this is not the iron gate you are looking for. Points 21 and 22 still confusing, see previous comment about getting directly to stile at point 23.

14/10/2015 - Alec Jackson

Just had lunch at the café at WM17 and can confirm it is open.

20/08/2015 - Trevor Clarkson

Walked this route on 18/08/2015. The car park at the start now costs £1 to park all day. At point 10 you are no longer looking for a stile, it has been replaced by a kissing gate and is about 150 yards from the picture view. At point 16, when you get to the road, if you turn right for 20 yards there is a pub which is a possible lunch stop. The garden centre at Point 17 is now open again. I cannot vouch for the cafe being open but it was advertised. I agree with the comments about points 21 and 22. There are a couple of posts with yellow markers to guide you but then nothing. My best advice is to make your way slightly uphill to the next wire fence in front of you, go through it (there are a couple of gaps/gates) and then turn sharp left and walk downhill keeping the fence on your left until you see the stile at point 23.

20/01/2013 - mark archer

Enjoyed the walk particularly the River Calder section. It was slightly confusing between Waymarks 21-22, maybe because the ground was now covered and the stile near the top of the hill was not obvious. There's a mobile cafe at the car park when you finish but don't leave it past two or he will have left. In summer he's probably there longer.

01/10/2012 - Alec Jackson

Just done the walk today. Have to agree with other comments. However garden centre at waymark 17 has closed down.

14/06/2010 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

This is definitely one of our favourite walks. Most of the stiles on the early part have been replaced by kissing gates - and we took full advantage!! The garden centre at waymark 17 is certainly worth a visit - lovely cafe on the banks of the river -and they welcome walkers!

29/07/2008 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

The ladder stile at waymark 14 has been replaced by a new kissing gate. If you wish to eat in Whalley we can highly recommend the Swan on the main street - lovely decor, excellent home cooked food and waitress service plus they are open right through from 12.00 noon.

28/09/2006 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Walked this again on a lovely sunny day and the bench at waymark 14 made a perfect lunch stop with stunning views. We have found a better bus from Preston -the X80 or 280 which alternate to make an hourly service and go straight to Whalley in 30 minutes, going on then to Clitheroe and Skipton.     

03/09/2004 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Marian Vaughn. Did this walk three days after the Ribble Valley area had been flooded so lots of mud and, after heavy rain, watch the stream with stepping stones at Waymark 15. Mike ended up flat on his bottom in the water! However, beautiful as the Ribble Valley is, the scenery on this walk was quite superb. Definitely worth repeating and easy to follow. Note - By bus from Longridge (Lakeland no. 5) alight in the centre of Whalley and start the walk at Waymark 7. From Preston there is a very regular service (Stagecoach no. 2) to Longridge.

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