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Blue and white letters RW/wave logoRibble Way

105 km / 65 miles

Lancashire, N Yorkshire
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.


Path Type
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Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
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Average Gradients; Moorland; River; Literary
SD458255 - Longton, Lancashire
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SD813832 - Gayle Moor, N Yorkshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Ribble Way: A Northern England Trail (Cicerone Press - Reprinted 2010)
Walkers' Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
River Ribble : a local and natural history (Carnegie Publishing - 2009)


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Camping Barn
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Caravan Park
Gallaber Park  (bookable online)
1 Km
69 Km

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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