Ribble Way Section 3: Clitheroe to Gisburn

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Ribble Way Section 3: Clitheroe to Gisburn is a 19.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Clitheroe, Lancashire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Distance: 19.3 km Elevation Gain: 473 m Route Type: Point to Point



partially paved




pub walk

The third section of walking the Ribble Way took me from Clitheroe to Gisburn. Clitheroe is the pre-eminent market town of the mid-Ribble valley. It reflects the fact that this area is a rich agricultural region particularly in dairy and sheep farming. That shows up in the walking too. You always feel like you are a slightly unwelcome guest threading your way along rights of way and concessionary paths woven through fields and farms that would rather you weren’t there. That feeling is compounded by the multiple signs warning of private fishing rights and access for fishermen only.  It all comes to a head just beyond Sawley. Gladys Sellers in her guide book written in 1985 describes this sectionas ‘..the finest part of the Ribble Way.  Sometimes the path goes close to the riverbank, sometimes it climbs quite steeply above it through the woods, sometimes through islands of pasture. Always it is utterly unspoilt, peaceful and serene as the river flows in a deep cut valley remote from the rest of the world.’ But since 1999 this section has been inaccessible as the landowner exercised their rights to privacy and self-interest. The Way now takes a diversion away from the river and along farm tracks. But nevertheless a good day’s walking. Since the outskirts of Preston Pendle Hill has always been a presence looming in the distance. A marker to be reached. Arriving at Gisburn it is now behind and out of sight.  But it is replaced by distant sightings of Ingleborough and Pen y ghent between which the Ribble flows higher up beyond Settle. The river was low after long periods of little rain. Just a few fishermen sitting on the banks and one fly fishing up to his knees in waders. The Ribble always had a reputation as a good salmon river. The Ribble Way is a through trail. Check out all the other downloadable trails here: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/the-ribble-way

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