Ribble Way

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Ribble Way
(distances in km)
103 Gavel Gap / Dales Way
101 Ribblehead
91 Pennine Way
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
Brungerley Bridge
45 Clitheroe
Edisford Rd B6243
Mitton Bridge B6246
41 Great Mitton
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
09 Preston
Penworth New Bridge A59
09 Preston
Guild Way A59
00 Longton
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]


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]


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]


After which the route joins the Dales Way[9]


  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[edit]

  • Gladys Sellers (1993). Ribble Way: A 70 Mile Recreational Footpath Close to the Banks of the River from Sea to Source. R. B. Evans illustrator (2nd ed.). Cicerone Press. ISBN 978-1-85284-107-2.
  • Dennis Kelsall and Jan Kelsall (2005). The Ribble Way. Brit Long-distance Series (2nd ed.). Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN 978-1-85284-456-1.
  • Alan Shepley and Graham Wilkinson (2005). Walking the Ribble Way: A Guide from Sea to Source. Wood Education Programme Trust. ISBN 978-0-9541809-1-1.
  • Jack Keighley (1999). Walks in Ribble Country. British Walking Series. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 69. ISBN 978-1-85284-284-0.
  • Andy Latham (2010). Landscapes of the Ribble. frances lincoln ltd. pp. 10, 94, 100. ISBN 978-0-7112-3028-6.
  • "Ribble Way". Trails and Long Routes. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  • Roy McKee (2009). "Ribble Way". National Trail Guides UK. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  • "The Ribble Way" (PDF 10.5MiB). Foxhill Barn Bed and Breakfast. Lancashire County Council. 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2010.

Coordinates: 53°44′12″N 2°49′01″W / 53.73667°N 2.81694°W / 53.73667; -2.81694