Lancashire is bursting with fabulous walks and the beautiful picturesque village of Hurst Green is no exception for starting out on one of the many short walks in Lancashire!
Walking the Hodder is a five stage walk with the first section passing through Hurst Green, but more importantly it starts and finishes at the Shireburn Arms making it, in our opinion, one of the best short walks in Lancashire.
The path starts at the gate of the Shireburn Arms car park. Go straight downhill following the ditch and after 300 yards cross the ditch and continue to the wood. Go over the stile across the beck and down to the Ribble. The Ribble Way hugs the river all the way to the farm adjacent to Winkley Hall. The path zigzags through the farm yard and leads to the farm road going uphill. As the road bends to the left, a Ribble Way sign is seen on the right next to a small metal gate. Aim towards St. Mary’s Hall, go through a second gate and follow the edge of the wood. The path ends at the road near a bus shelter. Turn right and walk to the Lower Hodder Bridge.
The path continues along the side of the Hodder and starts to climb into Hodder Woods just after Hodder Place. Wooden flights of steps lead to the top of the high escarpment overlooking the river. The path then descends again by a series of wooden flights of steps and footbridges to the Hodder bank, and continues to Higher Hodder Bridge.
Retrace the path from the Bridge and find the return path to the right just after crossing the second footbridge. The narrow path goes uphill and follows the wire fence to its end. Turn right and descend to go over a plank footbridge and stile. Bear right up the field to the next stile. Follow the wire fence on the left, go by Ryddings farm and continue along the roadway. 100 yards before the next house on the right, turn left through a metal gate into the field and walk uphill to Birdy Brow road.
At the roadside a Foot Path sign points the way following the line of mature trees, aim to the right of the wood ahead. The path crosses the stream to the right of a large black pipe and ascends towards an old narrow metal gate. Bear right over the field and follow the wire fence downhill to the stile at its end. Over the stile follow the hedge on the left to the next stile. Cut across the top of the field and follow the hedge on the right for 30 yards to the next stile. Go through the wide metal gate seen on the left and carry on over the field to the final stile found in the corner of the field. Continue in the same direction over the field to the road.
Turn right along the road and then left into the grounds of Stonyhurst College. The route goes in front of the College and past the church. A Foot Path sign is seen on the right. Go through the old metal gate into the field and follow the edge of the wood and then the hedge. The path passes through three metal swing gates and leads to Hurst Green.
Upon entering the village make your way back to the Shireburn Arms and indulge in a well deserved pint and hearty meal in our bar. You can take a look at our menus to see what we’ve got to tickle your fancy. Moody boots are always welcome at the Shireburn Arms!< Back to the blog archive
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