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