Ribble Valley Inn Walks the Highwayman
in the Lune Valley
Time: 2 - 3 hours
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.
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.
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.