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Blue and white letters RW/wave logoRibble Way

Lancashire, N Yorkshire

113 km / 70 miles
The Way follows the valley of the River Ribble from the mouth to the source near to the Pennine Way National Trail on Gayle Moor. From the tidal marshes, the route passes Preston, Ribchester, Clitheroe, with views of Pendle Hill, Settle and Horton-in-Ribblesdale to finish in moorland terrain below the three peaks of Ingelborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. At Horton, the Pen-y-Ghent Cafe maintains a register for signature/comments by those taking part in the walk.

The Tolkien Trail (5.5 miles) passes Stonyhurst College, associated with J. R. R. Tolkien and its river section coincides with the Ribble Way.


Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SD459254 - Longton, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Finish: SD813832 - Gayle Moor, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1985
Web Sites: Fox Hill Barn - Ribble Way Yorkshire Dales National Park - Ribble Way Ribble Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook The Ribble Way : a northern England trail  (Cicerone Press  - 2005 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Guidebook River Ribble : a local and natural history  (Carnegie Publishing  - 2009 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 98, 102, 103
OS Landranger Active 98, 102, 103
OS Explorer 2, 21, 41, 286, 287
OS Explorer Active 2, 21, 41, 286, 287

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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
< 1 km
95 km
Bunk House
1 km
104 km
Bunk House
4 km
104 km
Bunk House
4 km
105 km

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Route Profile:

112.5 km (69.9 miles)
1,778 m (5,833 ft) ascent
551 m (1,808 ft)  maximum height

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