Walking along the Ribble

I’m still paying catch up with my blog posts, not helped by a few finishes along the way!

Ribble-WayTwo or three weeks ago I went with my friends to walk part of the Ribble Way, 73 miles from Preston in Lancashire along the route of the River Ribble to it’s source above Horton in Ribblesdale. Kathy is walking all of it over the summer, with various friends keeping her company along the way. We decided to do the Settle to Horton-in-Ribblesdale bit. It was sold to me as a nice gentle riverside walk of about 7.5 miles…hmm

It started off a lovely sunny day, we stopped in Settle for some supplies from The Naked Man Cafe, the couple next to me were laughing as I bought a sausage roll, a ham salad sandwich, a curd tart and a sticky bun, they seemed to think that was quite a lot! We went over the road to get some fruit off the market afterwards! We started our walk with one of our traditions, a sausage roll break, sitting on a bench by the river.DSC_0001

We walked along the riverside to start with, looking at the weir next to the old mill. You can just see Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, in the distance.

We enjoyed a bit of Yorkshire humour, there was no shadow so the sun had clearly gone in by then!DSC_0006

It was very pleasant walking along the fields near the river, it was very tempting to sit for a while by the old packhorse bridge at Stainforth. The limestone pavement you can see in the foregound is typical of the area.DSC_0025

We passed through the pretty villages of Langcliffe and Stainforth before we found the path going up a great big hill…so much for a riverside walk!DSC_0033 (2)

The plus of walking up is always the view, and with a steep hill we take lots of opportunities to admire the view! Looking back down the valley towards Settle we could just make out Pendle Hill (in Lancashire) in the distance.DSC_0043 (2)

I love seeing the field patterns with the old dry stone wall, the fields were still looking pretty green then.DSC_0041

Once we were over the very big hill (which had lots of false summits!) we came back down to the River Ribble, looking very calm and peaceful.


I was very pleased to see the old bridge at Horton and not surprised to see our fitbits reckoned we walked nearly 9 miles, not the 7.5 the guide book suggested! It’s all good practise for St Cuthberts Way in September!

I may have mumbled and grumbled a bit, but it was a lovely walk with great company!DSC_0060


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Walking along the Ribble

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    A beautiful walk indeed and worth the grumbles.

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  2. Laura says:

    I want to walk with you!

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  3. Sam says:

    What a coincidence, I walked that stretch a couple of Saturdays ago too but in the opposite direction. Our walking group have been doing the sections of the Ribble way every other year & this was our final leg. We had our lunch in the churchyard on your pictures. It is a beautiful walk but I couldn’t believe how many people were barbecuing , sunbathing & diving down by the riverside it was like Blackpool! I also got a photo of the weather forecasting stone – typical Yorkshire wit!

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  4. Oh how gorgeous…perfect pictures for a perfect day and perfect walk!

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  5. Shasta says:

    Looks like a beautiful walk on a beautiful day. What gorgeous scenery! I hadn’t heard/thought of taking walks like that – joining people for stretches, or as Sam said, doing stretches at a time, but that sounds wonderful. I usually walk around the same neighborhood. You have certainly inspired me.

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  6. Catherine says:

    A lovely walk! And definitely good practise ahead of September

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    Your annual fall adventure sounds wonderful, and your Trak ing runs

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    Well that didn’t work at all. Your training outings look so beautiful, what a wonderful place you live in, with so many trails and walks so close!

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