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Walking Routes

From an adventurous excursion through the picturesque fields and towering fells, to a relaxed Sunday stroll along the riverside, Hurst Green is the perfect base for those who love the outdoors, with a variety of diverse walking routes to suit all abilities.

5.5m
Tolkein Trail

One of the better know routes is the 5.5m Tolkein Trail – named after JRR Tolkein- which meanders along the banks of the Rivers Ribble and Hodder before returning to the village via the magnificent Stonyhurst College, where ‘Lord of the Rings’ author spent many months during the Second World War.
Dog-friendly? On a lead, livestock grazing in most of the fields.

5.4m
Village Circular

This is a delightful circular riverside walk from the Shireburn Arms to Ribchester and back. This three-hour riverside ramble starts from the Shireburn Arms and descends through farmland to the River Ribble, crossing the beautifully restored footbridge at Dinckley, then following the river downstream to re-cross at the Roman settlement of Ribchester and return through the woods.
Dog-friendly? On a lead, livestock grazing in most of the fields.

2m / 3.6m
Shireburn Arms Circular Routes

Route A (2 miles) follows Dean Brook, where the presence of two old bobbin mills bear witness to the cottage-industry that was once here. Route B (3.6 miles) follows part of the Tolkien Trail and also joins the Ribble Way for a lovely stretch along the river bank.
Dog-friendly? On a lead, livestock grazing in most of the fields.

4-5m
Hurst Green to Higher Hodder Bridge

This circular walk from the Shireburn Arms car park goes down through the wood to the Ribble. Joining the Ribble way the path hugs the riverbank for much on the first half of the walk returning through the fields and into the grounds of Stonyhurst College.
Dog-friendly? On a lead, livestock grazing in most of the fields.

We are also now listed on the PubWalks App

The Pub Walks app provides you with an easy to follow route and shows your position on the map while you walk. It’s designed to help you find the best pubs with the best walks and gives you the confidence to explore without the fear of getting lost. It even works without a phone signal!

Simply search ‘Pub Walks’ on the app store