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Walk Details - 22/01/2012 The Tolkein Trail - A boggy ramble from Hurst Green

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Ali (Ali Watson)
1158 ft. (GPS Measured)
6.86 miles (GPS Measured)
3hrs 22mins
Me and Michelle
School car park - probably not best to use this during the week - SD687380
Lovely sunny winter day - slightly windy at times
Hurst Green, Stonyhurst College, River Hodder, Cromwell Bridge, Winkley Hall, Ribble Way, Jumbles Rocks, Stone Cross, Hurst Green
Type of walk:
River ramble
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Ali's Walk Summary/Comments:
The day started with rain and strong winds but fortunately by the time we set off it had cleared up - the sun was out and the wind had dropped considerably.

This walk was a bit of a mixed bag - road rambling, fields and river rambling in roughly equal quantities. The main problem was that most of the fields had turned into boggy quagmires - good job Michelle had decided to wear her wellies !!

This is billed as The Tolkein Trail on the visitlancashire website - see the link under Non-OS maps - there's a downloadable pdf with a really detailed route map and description. It also has information on the various points of interest that you go past. Don't believe it though when it says 5 miles - we did almost 7 and actually cut off the last corner.

The walk starts with a couple of fields leading to Stonyhurst College. JRR Tolkein was a regular visitor here, where he spent much of his time writing The Lord of the Rings. We had a good look, but couldn't find any hobbits anywhere ... There are great views of Pendle Hill from here.

The next part of the walk through more fields and mud heads down towards the River Hodder, which you stay with until Cromwell's Bridge. We stopped for lunch on the bridge - a very pleasant spot for a picnic until the wind started to pick up.

We left the river to enjoy a bit more tramping across boggy fields before dropping back down to the river just before it merges with the Ribble. We stayed with this till just short of Hurst Green.

By the time we reached Jumbles Rocks we'd had enough of tromping through sludge so cut off the last corner of the walk to head up by the Stone Cross.

A nice little walk - a great way to spend a few hours on a Sunday, but possibly best left for drier conditions underfoot.

Area:Forest of Bowland AONB - Lancashire
Fells climbed:No fells listed in the database for this walk.
POI's:Cromwell's Bridge (aka Devil's Bridge)
OS Outdoor Leisure:OL41
OS Landranger:
Non-OS maps:http://www.visitlancashire.com/things-to-do/walking/walks-under-5-miles

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