Ribble Way from Sawley

Route info
Distance 7.2 miles
Time 2h:20m
Low Point 75m (approx)
High Point 150m (approx)
Height gain 75m (approx)
Terrain Farms, road and paths
Bogs Muddy and boggy in places
Dogs Ok on leads
Cow count 10+
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 12,656
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 687 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1,237 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

ribble-way-from-sawley (15)Parking up at Sawley Abbey we followed the road north, passing the Spread Eagle, and at the river we then went towards the right onto the Ribble Way.  The path is a mix of farms and tracks and after a little while the route gets quite interesting…

We stumbled upon an Excalibur like ‘sword in the stone’ and a similarly random large number 7 statue in the field.  There was also a stone circle and some other bizarre landmarks.  It all seemed a bit surreal but after a bit of research later that day I found out that it is all part of the Beat Herder festival.

Keeping on the Ribble Way we crossed the railway track and then looped back over it shortly afterwards.  The route then took us to Steep Wood, which like the name states is a steep path down to the River Ribble.  Here the plan was to cross the river, because there is a marked route across on the map.  The trouble we had though was that the river was obviously a lot higher than when someone marked the map.  I didn’t want to turn back so decided to go for it and at one point the water was over the knees.  But we made it safely across.

Another problem I found here was that the land owner had fenced off the route at the other side of the river, but there was no way we were going back through the Ribble, so carried on up to Fooden Hall Farm.  There is a small, almost hidden gate at the farm, look carefully on the left as it is easy to miss.

Still with squelchy boots the route then took us across farmland until we got to Bolton Hall Farm, shortly afterwards we joined the main road and headed back to Sawley.  This was quite a nice walk but the river crossing makes it a tricky one.

On this route

Sawley Abbey, Spread Eagle, Ribble Way, Dockber, Gisburn Cotes Hall, Gisburn Cotes Farm, Steep Wood, River Ribble, Fooden Hall Farm, Low Wood, Grove Wood, Rainsber Wood, Bolton Hall Farm.