Pretty villages of the River Ribble

  • Explore the pretty villages near Clitheroe
  • Lovely walking alongside the River Ribble
  • Good views across to Pendle Hill

The small villages of Clitheroe, Grindleton, West Bradford, Waddington, are idyllic and worth spending some time exploring. We nearly bought a house here but everything we looked at was either too small or too expensive! Each of the villages has its own character with pretty churches, local pubs and little streams vying for the ahh factor. Couple the villages with some very pleasant walking alongside the River Ribble and this became a thoroughly enjoyable walk.

Recommend: Walking between the villages is challenging only in that there are so many options; I suggest sticking to the river between Grindleton & West Bradford but cutting across the fields between West Bradford and Waddington, using the path that leaves the villages between the houses to the west in West Bradford and emerging near Waddington by the school.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 741427. In Clitheroe park close to Waddington Bridge (B6478) or use the central car parks. Turn right before the bridge on to the Ribble Way.
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Terrain: Some road walking around Waddington & Grindleton bridges but most of the walk is on a good riverside path or through fields. Easy.
Eating & Drinking: Endless choices of pretty pubs throughout the walk. Could be fun!
Similar Walks Nearby: Sawley & the River Ribble
Following the Footsteps of Tolkein
Pendle Hill from Downham, nr Clitheroe
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