Ribble Valley Inn Walks the Highwayman 

in the Lune Valley 

 

 

Over the past three years the website Lancashire Walks and the Northcote group have developed a working relationship. Northcote Manor the prestigious restaurant and hotel based at Langho in the Ribble Valley has an established reputation for championing the freshest local produce helping to create dishes full of flavour. This philosophy has been the hall mark of Ribble Valley Inns too – five lovely pubs that are part of the Northcote Group. After helping to produce booklets describing local walks for the group we have been asked to lead a series of short walks from each of the pubs. (See www.ribblevalleyinns.com for details) One of life’s great pleasures is to go for a walk through lovely countryside and then enjoy a delicious meal in delightful surroundings. By way of an appetiser we offer this walk from the Highwayman in the Lune Valley which we will be leading on Saturday 9th April.

Start/finish: The Highwayman Inn, Nether Burrow. LA6 2RJ Nether Burrow lies on the A683 between Hornby and Kirkby Lonsdale

 

Fact file 

Distance: 7 k 4 ½ miles
 

Time: 2 - 3 hours

 

Summary: Easy.

Maps: OS OL 2 The Yorkshire Dales southern & western areas.

 

 Map by kind permission of the Johnston Press

Directions.

1. From the Inn turn right towards Kirkby Lonsdale and immediately right onto Woodman Lane.

 

Keep on the lane for 400yds and then when it turns sharp left keep ahead on a farm track

 

in the direction of Cowdber Farm. The track leads through fields and then alongside woodland to reach

 

the first building in about 15 minutes. Keep to the right of the farm house entering a large field by a wooden gate. Here turn sharp right and cross a stile embedded in a gate

 

into the adjoining field. From this corner bear left to a stile in a fence.

 

Continue to a similar stile

 

over a level field. Bear left to a wooden gate.

 

This marks a change in direction. Turn left aiming for a wide gap

 

in the hedgerow. Through this maintain the same direction gently climbing up a rise. After a wooden kissing gate keep ahead to cross a wall at a stone stile

 

and continue to a second stone stile.

 

Once over aim towards a substantial stone barn. When you come alongside it enter a green lane through a wooden gate.

 

Depending on the season this can be overgrown but do not be daunted. Keep ahead for 300yds until you reach a stone stile on the right just before a wooden gate. Cross the wall and follow the hedgerow on the left. After an ash tree a wall appears on the left. Just beyond a metal gate go through a squeeze in the wall.

 

Aiming towards a distinctive blue commercial building ( a clothing store) cross the next two fields


to reach the busy A65.

2. Cross the road turn left and walk into Cowan Bridge.

 

As you near the eponymous bridge a traffic island can be used to re-cross the road. After crossing the old road bridge over Leck Beck turn sharp left onto a riverside footpath.

 

After 250yds this joins a farm drive. Continue for another 250yds and then at a corner

 

before a cattle grid cross over a ladder stile and turn left on a course roughly parallel to the track you've just left. Keep ahead through the next metal gate

 

and then after passing a property on the left arrive at a short ladder stile near a brook. Cross the stile and then the brook at a plank bridge and then bear slighty right to a fence corner below a rise. Follow the fence to the top of the rise

 

and then descend into a large field aiming for a telephone pole close to trees on the right. Beyond this cross over a ladder stile

 

to bear left picking up a track close to a wall. This leads to a large stone barn.

 

After this the track joins the main farm drive. At one point a brook crosses the drive - keep right staying on the verge to avoid wet feet. Once past the farm house

 

arrive on the A683. Cross and turn left for the inn.

POI The cottages just beyond the riverside footpath at Cowan Bridge are of interest.

 

These once housed the Clergy Daughters' School attended by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters Emily, Maria and Elizabeth. Conditions were so dire that typhus broke out killing Maria and Elizabeth and no doubt compromising the health of Charlotte and Emily. There is commemorative plaque on the wall.

 

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