It will come as no surprise to readers that Northcote Manor is passionate about food having established a reputation for fine dining using locally sourced produce. What is perhaps less well known is that it is just as passionate about where it is situated – in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley in the heart of a beautiful county. In the last few years it has done much to promote Lancashire as a great place to stay. Here is a walk starting from close to the hotel but easily managed from Northcote Manor itself.

Start: Northcote Road, Langho BB6 8BG. On the south side of the A59 Northcote Road has been made into a cul-de-sac suitable for parking several cars.

Fact file

Distance 5 miles 8k

Time 2 - 3 hours

Grade - easy/mod

Map: OS Explorer 287 The West Pennine Moors.


Map by kind permission of Johnston Press 

Directions:1. Walk back to the A666 Whalley New Road turn left and then bear right into Whalley Road another remnant thoroughfare. At its end cross the main Whalley Road to Longsight Road after the petrol station. Branch right into Petre Wood Crescent. Follow this through a modern housing development as it bends to the right.


As you near the edge of the estate take a ginnel on the left



leading to the A59. Cross with care - the sight lines are good on this busy road. On the far side enter a large field by a stile in a wooden fence.


This pasture gives a sense of elevation and allows you to pick out many landmarks across the Ribble Valley. To continue head down the hill to a stone bridge


in scattered trees slightly to the left. Over the bridge bear right to climb a rise to a stile.


Over this follow a fence line on the left close to an equestrian centre. Keep ahead in the next field continuing to a corner on the left where the path meets Northcote Road.


Immediately after crossing the stile turn right onto the farm drive way to Suddell's farm.


Follow the track until just before the farm


then cross a stile on the right. Bear slightly right to cross a flat bridge over a brook


and then cross the field on the other side again bearing slightly right


to reach Old Langho Road.

2. Turn right. Walk to the next bend


and then turn left in the direction of Hacking Hall Farm.


As the drive drops down a slope onto the flood plain


the path keeps to the right of the farm and hall to intercept a track 100yds to the right of the complex. Cross a stile on the far side of the track


to join the River Ribble at its confluence with the River Calder.


Turn left. Passing in front of the imposing Hacking Hall


follow the path to reach the edge of woods.


After crossing a stile


the path divides. Take the left branch of the path. This climbs through woods to a field close to Brockhall Farm to the right.


Aiming to the right end of a large semi detatched house opposite


cross the farm drive and follow the hedge on the left


to a stile. Here a stile leads onto a green lane


with extensive playing fields on the right. It soon becomes apparent that these are part of Blackburn Rovers Football Academy - the entrance of which you pass on the right.


3. The route crosses the drive of Braddyll House on the right.


Keep on the path as it leads to a footbridge


over Dinckley Brook. On the far side as the path reaches fields


turns left and follow the enclosed path past a ruined barn. Keep on it


until you arrive at a farmyard at Craven Fold.


Turn left onto the farm drive


leading down to the cluster of buildings at Aspinalls. As you reach the lane turn left


following a track to a stile next to a metal gate.


In the large field bear right aiming for an isolated tree.


This course brings you to the edge of a steep slope leading down to a footbridge


over Dinckley Brook. On the far side climb up the slope


soon following a fence line to the left. After levelling out keep to the right of holiday lodges and soon after


reach Old Langho Road close to the Black Bull. Turn left passing Old langho Church on the left


and then right into Northcote Road.


From here there is a road walk of just under a mile to the A59. Northcote Manor is to the left of the road just before the A59 and as can be seen is an alternative starting place. When you reach the A59 use a traffic island to cross to the parking place.

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