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Tolkien Trail

10 km / 6 miles

A short trail passing Stonyhurst College where J. R. R. Tolkien stayed frequently in a guest house in the grounds and where he spent time writing the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The route includes a river section coincident with the Ribble Way so may be an interesting excursion for walkers on it. A route description and map may be downloaded from the website below.


Path Type
Other Paths
Easy; River; Literary
Start and Finish
SD685379 - War Memorial, Hurst Green, Lancashire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Tolkien Trail (Ribble Valley Borough Council)
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Tolkien Trail (Forest of Bowland AONB)
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Route Profile:

10.2 Km (6.3 miles)
161 m (528 ft) ascent
111 m (364 ft)  maximum height