Longridge – Written Stone Lane

Route info Easy
Distance 2.69  miles (approx)
Time 1 hours 20 mins
Low Point 100m (approx)
High Point 175m (approx)
Height gain 75m (approx)
Terrain Road and good tracks
Bogs Minimal but very muddy
Dogs Ok (on leads in places)
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 6824
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 300 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 608 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

This is an easy walk along Written Stone Lane and around some of the reservoirs in Longridge.  There is some walking along the roadside – at some brief points without pavements.  But mostly this is a pleasant walk with a couple of opportunities to let the dogs have a run about.  Be prepared to give your dogs a bath though because there were some muddy sections.

  1. Park near to Dilworth Upper Reservoir opposite Beacon Fell View Holiday Park and make your way into Green Bank Park.  Then head down to the lake at the bottom of the estate.  On the way down enjoy the wonderful views of the Ribble Valley, weather permitting.
  2. At the very bottom of Green Bank Park there is a wooden gate.  Go through and continue along the track marked as Written Stone Lane on the Ordnance Survey map.
  3. Eventually you will reach Written Stone Farm where there is an interesting large engraved stone.  This area has some interesting history and is alleged to be haunted.  I have been down on Haloween but am still here to tell the tale.  I headed straight down to the road and took a right towards Longridge.
  4. Head westward along Lower Road (B6243) and pass Spade Mill Reservoir.  The Corporation Arms might be worth a stop off on a warm day.
  5. As soon as you reach the end of the reservoir there is a fingerpost sign directing you back up the hill towards the caravan park.  Head up here and be prepared to get a little bit muddy.  This track climbs gently back up to the Thai restaurant on Higher Road.
  6. Turn right onto Higher Road and walk by Dilworth Upper Reservoir to get back to your car.  There is an alternate route through the caravan park but it can be a little confusing if you don’t know the area.