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Lancashire Life - - WALK -

The next land­mark is the con­flu­ence of the River Hod­der as it joins the Rib­ble. There is stile on the right just be­fore a metal gate and stile ahead. The stile leads to a view­point and bench over­look­ing the con­flu­ence and would be a nice place to have lunch ex­cept it only has two slats left mak­ing sit­ting rather pre­car­i­ous.

Note: The source of the Hod­der is White Hill in the For­est of Bow­land and it is the largest tribu­tary of the Rib­ble. Un­like the Calder, the Hod­der flows through non-in­dus­trial vil­lages such as Slaid­burn, Dun­sop Bridge and Hurst Green and was prob­a­bly un­af­fected by heavy pol­lu­tion. Sadly, dur­ing and af­ter the In­dus­trial Revolution the clean wa­ters of the Hod­der would have met the pol­luted Calder wa­ters shortly af­ter join­ing the Rib­ble but again that is in the past. Salmon now mi­grate up all three of these clean rivers.

Re­join the path/track from the view point and turn right and cross the afore men­tioned stile by the metal gate and keep on to­wards Wink­ley Hall Farm. En­ter the farm through a steel gate then turn left and then onto the farm­yard and turn right then Re­cently re­fur­bished, The Bay­ley Arms of­fers good food and good ale with a chef us­ing lo­cally sourced pro­duce. Across the road, The Shire­burn is one of Lan­cashire’s fa­mous old inns with beau­ti­fully fur­nished rooms and a cosy tra­di­tional bar. once through the yard turn left pass­ing a pond on the left and follow the tar­mac road out of the farm.

Follow the road up­hill and as it lev­els off there is a small building on the right and just be­fore this a metal gate stile also on the right. Cross this and then head for another stile straight ahead and cross this then follow the path as it heads di­ag­o­nally right to­wards the edge of Spring Wood then with the wood and wire fence on the right follow the path that even­tu­ally goes down­hill through two stiles and onto a stile that leads into the main road.

Lo­cal an­glers take a breather on the river­bank

Walk­ing the Rib­ble Way

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