Hurst Green, the Three Rivers and Tolkien

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Long before the Ribble Valley Tourist Office devised this route, I walked these paths frequently without any particular sense of an association with Tolkien, whose lectures I attended at the time of the publication of the trilogy - so you don't have to like the 'Lord of the Rings' to like this walk.

My own favourite from Hurst Green was a bit longer and it visited the inn by the Higher Hodder Bridge; now that the inn has closed some of the incentive to extend the walk seems to have gone! About half the walk is along riverbanks with tracks, the rest is mostly pasture.

England - North England - Lancashire - River Walk


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Stately Home, Wildlife, Woodland
6/7/2023 - Simon Worrall

Walked June 2020. GPS tracked at 6.9 miles. Enjoyable, gentle walk on mainly flat ground and well laid paths/wider stoned up tracks. All of the stiles referred to in the walking instructions have now been replaced with metal kissing gates. The last section, from the river back up to Hurst Green, has recently been improved with new steps and stoned up path. The later sections of the walk around the river are good for spotting grey heron. No navigation issues.(NOTE - the line of the footpath has altered slightly between WP10>11 but the start and end points are the same.)

10/25/2009 - Sean Diver

Excellent walk, great combination of great views of the surrounding Ribble Valley, woodland and a riverside walk. Never knew my home county could be this picturesque!

8/30/2006 - Marie Lea

Really enjoyed this walk and the longest we had done so far. Really nice because we got to stroke some piglets halfway round!! The first part of woodland that we entered was realy dark with steps leading down that was pretty amazing.

6/30/2004 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

Lovely walk made even more interesting by the association with "Lord of the Rings". Wet and muddy but scenery still beautiful - are we ever going to get any summer?   

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