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Ribble Way
km
103
Gavel Gap
101
Ribblehead
Gearstones
91
91
Horton in Ribblesdale
Gray Bridge
88
Foredale
88
Foredale
Helwith Bridge
84
Stainforth
84
Stainforth
Stainforth Bridge
80
Settle
79
Giggleswick
Penny Bridge
78
Giggleswick
75
Rathmell
70
Long Preston
Cow Bridge
66
Halton West
64
Paythorne
Paythorne Bridge
62
Gisburn
Poultry House Bridge
58
Gisburn Cotes
57
Gisburn Cotes
54
Sawley
Sawley Bridge
51
Chatburn
Grindleton Bridge
49
Chatburn
Ribble Lane
46
Brungerley Bridge
45
Clitheroe
44
Edisford Rd  B6243 
41
Mitton Bridge  B6246 
41
Great Mitton
39
Lower Hodder Bridge
35
Hurst Green
29
Ribchester
26
Hothersall Lodge
22
Grimsargh
20
Red Scar
17
Preston
17
Preston
Brockholes Bridge A59
13
Preston
Walton Bridge  A675 
11
Preston
9
Preston
Penworth New Bridge  A59 
9
Preston
Guild Way  A59 
2
0
Longton
Sources:
Route: Lancashire County Council[1]
Distances: Google Earth

The Ribble way is a long-distance walk between the Lancashire coast and the Yorkshire Dales National Park largely following the course of the River Ribble.[2]

The route begins in Longton and ends at the source of the Ribble at Gayle Moor near Ribblehead, it is around 116 kilometres (72 mi) in length.[3]

The route passes through a variety of landscapes including tidal marsh, open moorland and limestone gorges.[4] It begins to the south of the Ribble estuary, the route then runs through Preston and on to the historic town of Clitheroe.[2] Next it heads up into the Pennines to reach its source on remote Cam Fell.[citation needed]

History

The idea of opening a walk along the Ribble called the Ribble Way was first suggested back in 1967 at the inaugural meeting of the Preston and Fylde branch of the Ramblers' Association.[citation needed] The Guardian reported in 1972 that the Ramblers Association were planning Britain's first riverside long footpath called the Ribble Way. At that time, the route being discussed was 103 kilometres (64 mi) from the estuary of the River Ribble at Walmer Bridge close to Preston to its source near the farmhouse of Far Gearstones in the West Riding of Yorkshire fells; just 45 kilometres (28 mi) of the planned route was designated right-of-way.[5] The idea eventually attracted official support and was opened in 1985.[citation needed] The Ribble Valley is an area of 632 square kilometres (244 sq mi) of natural beauty from the north-west coast to the Lake District.[6] The official course of the Ribble Way that is marked on the Ordnance Survey (2010) OS Openspace maps starts at Longton, the mouth of the River Ribble just west of Preston, 5 metres (16 ft) above mean sea level and finishes at Grove head, just north of Cam Fell, 558 metres (1,831 ft) above mean sea level. Grove head is actually the source of the Gayle Beck which feeds into the River Ribble near Ribblehead.[7]

Route

Stile on the Ribble Way
Stile on the Ribble Way
Ribble Way near Stainforth
Ribble Way near Stainforth
Ribble Way at Sikesdale Gill
Ribble Way at Sikesdale Gill

The official start of the Ribble Way is the Dolphin Inn on Marsh Lane in Longton.[8]

The Ribble Way connects with several other long-distance walks, including the Dales Way, the Pennine Way, the Pennine Bridleway and the Round Preston Walk.[9]

Settlements

After which the route joins the Dales Way[9]

References

  1. ^ "Ribble Way" (pdf). Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Paul Lawrence and John Sparshatt (2010). The UK Trailwalker's Handbook (8th ed.). Cicerone Press Limited. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-85284-579-7.
  3. ^ Martin Collins (2003). The Pennine Way: a practical guide for walkers. Brit Long-distance Series (2nd ed.). Cicerone Press Limited. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-85284-386-1.
  4. ^ "Rights of way – long-distance routes". Walking. North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  5. ^ Morris, Michael (6 October 1972). "Ribble Way planned". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Purcell, Steve (12 February 2005). "Ribble rouser; Steve Purcell goes back to his Lancashire roots". The Mirror. p. 56. Retrieved 10 October 2010.(subscription required)
  7. ^ OS Openspace (Online) (Map) (2010 ed.). Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  8. ^ Graham Dean (2006). "The Ribble Way". Graham and Lin Dean's home page. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  9. ^ a b "Ribble Way". Ramblers. Retrieved 10 October 2010.

Further reading

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