Delightful walk with fantastic views - Longridge Fell
Located not too far from The Shippon Luxury Holiday Let is a lovely walk that has far reaching views. Longridge Fell is approx 12 minutes by car heading out into the lovely countryside.
On reaching the base of the fell there are a couple of parking lay bys for you to leave your car.
Longridge Fell is the most southerly fell in England, near the town of Longridge, Lancashire. It lies at the southern end of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As its name suggests, it takes the form of a long ridge which rises in a north-easterly direction from within the town of Longridge to its summit 4.5 miles distant. As the ridge curves towards the east, it comes to a sudden end and drops into the Hodder Valley. The fell is a good example of a cuesta; the ridge has a sharp drop or escarpment on its northern side, and a gentler, more varying slope on its southern side. These features make it a popular takeoff for hang-gliders and paragliders on the relatively infrequent occurrences of a northerly wind.
From the fell's 1,148-ft (350-m) summit, views are afforded of Preston to the south-west; the Fylde Coast to the west; the outstanding view of the Vale of Chipping and the fells of the Forest of Bowland to the north and west (including Parlick, Fair Snape Fell and Beacon Fell); the Yorkshire Dales to the north-east (including, most notably, Pen-y-ghent); Clitheroe, Pendle Hill and Whalley, to the east and south-east; and Winter Hill and the West Pennine Moors and the huge BAE Systems factory at Samlesbury Aerodrome. On clear days, the Lake District and sometimes the Isle of Man can be seen to the north-west, and the Snowdonia mountain range to the south-west.
The River Hodder, and its tributary the River Loud, flow eastward along the north side of the fell, before turning south at the end of the fell to join the River Ribble which runs westward along the south of the fell. Cowley Brook, a tributary of Stydd Brook, begins its course near the fell. The village of Hurst Green and the adjoining Stonyhurst College lie on the south side of the fell.
Longridge town lies at the south-west end of the fell. There were once extensive stone quarries at Tootle Heights, now mostly built on apart from a deep rocky water-filled remnant off the Tan Yard bridlepath, and the reservoirs.
Once you have completed your walk its time for a bite to eat and a well earned drink. There are a couple of lovely Inns nearby for you to try.
The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green is worthy of a visit particularly if, like me, you are a fan of JRR Tolkein. He worked at the nearby Stonyhurst College and drew much of his inspiration from the area.
A haven of good food and atmosphere nestled on the edge of Longridge Fell with fantastic panoramic views overlooking the Ribble Valley, we offer great value meals from our bar menu with a full À la carte menu in our refurbished White Cross lounge and restaurant.
We hope that if you visit Longridge Fell that your experience is an enjoyable one. It is a fabulous place to escpae for a few hours and clear your minds. You can then come back to The Shippon Luxury Holiday Let and soothe those aches and pains in the hot tub with a glass of fizz. Perfect day and perfect evening.