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Blue and white letters RW/wave logoRibble Way

105 km / 65 miles

Lancs, N Yorks
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. A route description and map may be downloaded from the second website below.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Moorland; River; Literary
SD458255 - Longton, Lancs
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SD813832 - Gayle Moor, N Yorks
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Badge for Ribble Way (Pen-y-ghent Cafe)
Tolkien Trail (Ribble Valley Borough Council)
Walking the Ribble Way (Wood Education Programme Trust - 2005)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Caravan Park
Gallaber Park  (bookable online)
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69 Km
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Littlebank Guest House  (bookable online)
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74 Km

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GPS Exchange Format Route File
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Route Profile:

111.0 Km (69.0 miles)
1,711 m (5,614 ft) ascent
551 m (1,808 ft)  maximum height