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Blue and white letters RW/wave logoRibble Way

Lancashire, N Yorkshire

113 km / 70 miles
The Way follows the valley of the River Ribble from the mouth to the source near to the Pennine Way National Trail on Gayle Moor. From the tidal marshes, the route passes Preston, Ribchester, Clitheroe, with views of Pendle Hill, Settle and Horton-in-Ribblesdale to finish in moorland terrain below the three peaks of Ingelborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. At Horton, the Pen-y-Ghent Cafe maintains a register for signature/comments by those taking part in the walk.

The Tolkien Trail (5.5 miles) passes Stonyhurst College, associated with J. R. R. Tolkien and its river section coincides with the Ribble Way.

Update 9th November 2022:
The Ribble Way is diverted due a closed footbridge near Red Scar, east of Preston. The footbridge in question is on Tun Brook, at SD 5908 3247, and the diversion (reportedly well signposted) is via the upstream footbridge at SD 5922 3343. Our GPX and other format files have been amended to show the diversion.

Route hazard (reported November 2022):
The route of this long distance path along the B6245 Blackburn Road east of Ribchester is reported narrow and without pavement(s) in places between Stone Bridge (SD 6534 3544) and Ribchester Bridge (SD 6619 3565). An alternative route is suggested via the footbridge at SD 6554 3576.

Strider News - December 2023 (Publication Update)

New Cicereone guidebook


Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Blue and white letters RW/wave logo
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: SD459254 - Longton, Lancashire View on StreetMap
Finish: SD813832 - Gayle Moor, N Yorkshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 1985
Web Sites: Fox Hill Barn - Ribble Way Yorkshire Dales National Park - Ribble Way Ribble Way [YouTube video]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Walking The Ribble Way: A one-week walk across Lancashire into Yorkshire from Preston to the source  (Cicerone Press  - 2023 )
Guidebook Walkers' Britain  (AA Publishing  - 2011 )
Guidebook River Ribble : a local and natural history  (Carnegie Publishing  - 2009 )
Other Ribble Way by Alan Duckworth  (  - 2019 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 98, 102, 103
OS Landranger Active 98, 102, 103
OS Explorer 2, 21, 41, 286, 287
OS Explorer Active 2, 21, 41, 286, 287

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Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Bunk House
< 1 km
95 km
Bunk House
1 km
104 km
Bunk House
4 km
104 km
Bunk House
4 km
105 km

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GPX Route File
Ribble Way GPX Exchange Format Route File
Last Updated 09/11/2022 13:42:52 - Includes diversion east of Preston
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MemoryMap Route File
Ribble Way Memory Map Route File
Last Updated 09/11/2022 13:42:52 - Includes diversion east of Preston
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Tracklogs Route File
Ribble Way Tracklogs Route file
Last Updated 09/11/2022 13:42:53 - Includes diversion east of Preston
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Route Profile:

112.8 km (70.1 miles)
1,778 m (5,833 ft) ascent
551 m (1,808 ft)  maximum height

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