Living on the fantastic fabulously flat Fylde coast, there’s never a hill when you want one. To the east Beacon Fell, Parlick, Wolf Fell, Longridge Fell, Pendle Hill form a majestic backdrop. Further north the peaks of the Lake District beckon. Across the Ribble Estuary the Formby Hills and mountains of Snowdonia beckon. All of these ascents – from a few hundred feet to three thousand plus, tantalise the urge for an uphill hike.
Clitheroe – a fine market town with lots of eateries, cafes, bars, restaurants, independent shops and the perfect base for exploring the Ribble Valley – with uphill opportunities.
Day 1 – Ribble Valley Way – keeping it nice and flat. A serene walk from Edisford Bridge to Chatburn. Wildflowers and birdlife in abundance.
Day 2 – Stocks Reservoir – a few gentle uphills to prepare the legs for the next day’s big(ish) one. A delightful 8 mile circular walk with cuckoos calling all the way.
Day 3 – Pendle Hill (just 160 feet short of being called a mountain) – for a full-on uphill hike. Invigorating, fantastic views, and so glad to still be able to climb a hill!
A bit of Lancashire humour ….
And a bit of gruesomeness …
Looking out for frogs and toads – but only ever saw dehydrated bodies. Weird.