Tolkien Trail, 5.5 mile circular walk, September 2014
The day started out gloomy so a walk hadn’t crossed my mind. But by chance I happened to look at the weather report and the forecast from lunch time was for the clouds to clear, leaving a warm and sunny day. Nicci had a hair appointment in Longridge at 12 so I had about 30 minutes to get my gear together and get her to drop me off at Hurst Green.
The Tolkein Trail is a walk that is not on the Forest of Bowland Ordnance Survey map (typical), indeed it seems as though the entire route is not on any one map. Therefore it was lucky that Visit Lancashire’s pdf instructions (which can be downloaded here) are excellent. In fact, I will not even attempt to describe the route because I couldn’t make it any easier than the leaflet.
What I will say is that this is an excellent walk, it’s mostly easy with lots of variation and I can imagine it being a nice walk to take on a frosty winter’s day.
One thing to note is that Visit Lancashire say the walk is 5.5 miles but when calculated on Viewranger it is actually 6.5 miles. I have also seen another website mention it as 6.3 miles.
|Low Point||About 40m|
|High Point||About 110m|
|Height gain||About 70m|
|Terrain||Roads and fields|
|Dogs||Good for dogs (leads through farms)|
|Cow count||A few encounters|
|Estimated Calories burned||600 cals|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★|
On this route
Hurst Green, Fox Fall Wood, Stonyhurst College, Over Hacking, River Hodder, Hodder Place, River Hodder, Cromwell Road, Spring Wood, Winckley Hall, Winckley Hall Farm, River Ribble, Ribble Way, River Calder, Jumbles, Jumbles Rocks