Ribchester, Duddel Hill and Duddel Wood, Ribble Valley (approx 6 miles)

Map: Sheet 287 West Pennine Moors
Start: Visitors car park in Ribchester(SD649352)
Route: This easy walk leads through open fields and returns via a wooded valley.
More info: The Ribble - source to sea part 13
from Wikipedia
Refreshments: Tea rooms and pubs in Ribchester and we bought ice cream from the Health Rack shop which we walked past.

walk profile
Car park south of Dockray on A5091 From the pay and display car park, walk back to the road and turn left. At the road junction turn right on to Blackburn Road. Just after passing the Ribchester on the left, turn left to follow a narrow road (Stydd Lane) leading to Stydd. There are two interesting buildings along this short stretch of road. The first is the Stydd Almshouses on the left
High Force on Aira Beck Just a little further along the road is one of the earliest church buildings in the area: St Saviour. Continue north along the road to Stydd Manor Farm. Go through the metal gates which have the words "foot path" painted on the top rail. After the farm, the road becomes a rough track. Where there are two sets of gateposts ahead, go through the pair on the right (when we completed this walk there was a broken stile and half of a circular footpath sign by this gate.
AIra Force There is no clear path on the ground, but continue to walk in the same direction. As you enter each field, the stile or gate leading to the next is usually easy to find. The photograph shows the transmitter mast at the top of the hill. When you reach the top, walk between buildings to join track leading to the road. Cross the road and climb stile opposite. Another stile leads to the next field, then a metal kissing gates takes you into the wood. Turn left along the drive, go over bridge across stream, then take path on right. This leads to a stile over wire fence, to leave the wood.
There are three public footpath markers. Follow the direction of the leading slightly south of due west, leading to the corner of the woodland ahead. There is no clear path on the ground - don't be mislead by the gate into the woodland to the south of the stile that you need to cross. A wide metal gate leads to a path, which in turn emerges on a minor road.
AIra Force Turn right along the road and follow it to its junction with the B6243. Turn left. Here we had a pleasant surprise - the Health Rack gift shop was open, and ice creams were on sale!
Continue along the road for about 200 metres, then climb a stile on the right. Cross the field to climb another stile, then follow path along edge of wood. Climb another stile on right to enter the wood and follow path down to a stream. Cross the stream (there were convenient stones, so we didn't need to paddle). Follow the path up to a stile, but don't cross it, instead follow the footpath to the left. This path takes you across two footbridges, before ascending to the left of Duddel Brook and crossing a stile to leave the Woods.
Cross 2 fields and 2 stile to emerge on minor road (Gallows Lane). Turn right and follow the road until there is a stile on the right. Cross three fields, climbing two more wooden stiles to meet other paths from left near a footbridge. Cross the bridge and follow path to left. This leads in the direction of the stream, to emerge on Stydd Lane. Turn left and re-trace your steps back to the car park.

Other walks near here:

  • in Pendle's Shadow - approx 5½ miles
  • Around Pendle's "Little End" - approx 6 miles
  • North east of Slaidburn - Forest of Bowland - 5.5 miles
  • around Hurst Green includes a section of the Ribble Way - approx 5 miles

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