A ramble around Hurst Green

Route info Easy
Distance 3.9 miles*
Time 1hr 30mins
Low Point 30 m (approx)
High Point 110 m (approx)
Height gain 80 m (approx)
Terrain Farms, road, and paths
Bogs Some
Dogs Ok on leads
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 6,939
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 308 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 555  cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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Route description

Today was a perfect afternoon for a summers walk around the woods and farms near Hurst Green in the Ribble Valley. This walk should be great for dogs but there are some footbridges, stiles, cattle grids and indeed cattle to be aware of.

1. With your back to the entrance of the Shireburn Arms, head left (west) along the main road towards Longridge. It is best to stay on the right hand side of the road where there is a pavement, even though it’s not very wide in places.

2. After a sharp right, the road ascends until you reach St John the Evangelist Church , which is adjacent to Shire Lane. Cross the road here and head towards the BT Phone Box along the lane. Keep going straight through the farm – passing through two metal gates.

3. The way is marked by a large white post. When you have reached the first post, bear right slightly to meet the next white marker. Then you come to a visible path as you go into the woods. After a stile you emerge from the trees and you’ll see a farmhouse called Bailey Hall. There is also a large rundown outbuilding on the right, head between these and go through the metal gate.

4. The track bears right slightly and then takes a sharp right, you are then you are into another farm. Keep going along this track, heading towards a large tree on the right side of the path. Once at the tree look to the left and you’ll see a footbridge (which looks a little like a stile) about 200 metres away, make a beeline for this. Cross the footbridge and then follow the marker as directed. We went a little too far to the left here and had to adjust our direction to the right a little to find the stile.

5. Here you enter a nice wooded area and cross another footbridge. You then emerge at a farm track, take a left here. We were treated to a view of a circling buzzard and heron, and it looked like there was some kind of battle going on between them. Maybe the heron was defending its nest, which was in the trees below the buzzard.

6. Carry on along the track and you’ll eventually reach a farm called Clough Bank, go through the wooden gate next to the building with a corrugated roof and then carry on over the cattle grid. Shortly afterwards there is a wooden gate to the left as the path joins the Ribble Way.

7. Eventually you’ll come to a footbridge, cross this and make your way through the field, keeping to the right. After about 100m you reach a stile and a metallic gate – we chose the stile and it was a little unsteady, so watch your step. Again stick to the right side of the field and head towards the next gate, which is about 150m away.

8. You then come to a field with a large tree in the middle, pass this and head towards the next metal gate. You then meet a small settlement simply called Trough House, which is just a run down farm. Go straight through the farm and the track ascends back up to Hurst Green.

On this route

Hurst Green, Shireburn Arms, St. Johns Church, Merrick’s Hall, Bailey Hall, Clough Bank, Ribble Way, Trough House, Merrick’s Wood, Lambing Clough