Stroll through the medieval village and deer park ending with a haunted pub with open fire
As the weather begins to look a bit clearer and warmer in the spring, many will be looking to return to spend more time outdoors.
A walk in the countryside is the perfect way to do this, especially if it includes interesting sites and beautiful landscapes. This week’s suggested walk offers just that, starting and ending in a picturesque village dating back to medieval times.
The circular route begins and ends at Chipping, which is based on the slopes above the River Loud near Clitheroe and is among the most scenic spots in Lancashire. The conservation area is filled with stone cottages, a 17th century schoolhouse, a 13th century church and what is believed to be the oldest working shop in the UK.
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Along the route you will come across views of the Forest of Bowland, Pendle Hills and Longridge Fells as well as historic mills and a deer park. Our suggested stopping point at the end of the walk is the Sun Inn, an award-winning pub which is infamous for being haunted by the ghost of Lizzie Dean.
Serving freshly prepared food and traditional ales, the pub caters to dogs and families and welcomes walkers too. His menu includes pizzas from his wood stove, Sunday roasts, homemade sausage rolls and much more. It also has an open fireplace to create the perfect relaxing setting.
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This week’s suggested route is among the shorter options, making it ideal for dog walking and traveling with children. It covers some fields which can get very muddy so it is advisable to wear suitable footwear and when passing through areas where livestock may be present be sure to keep dogs under effective control.
The walk created by Visit Lancashire and covers just over two and a half miles
- Departure from Chipping Village car park. Leave the car park walking towards the church to join the road called Church Rake. Turn left and continue straight ahead, away from the village, passing Kirk Cottages on your left, until you come to a fork in the road.
- Take a right here and continue straight, passing Grove Row on your left, over the bridge, then past Kirk Mill on your left. Continue uphill passing Mill Pond House on the right then turn right into the next driveway where you go over the wooden stile on the right.
- Climb up, staying on the right edge of the fence. It can get very muddy up the hill, especially after bad weather. Once you reach the top of the hill, take a moment to soak up the lovely views around Bowland Forest – look right for views of Chipping, Longridge Fell and Pendle Hill and look left for Parlick.
- Continue straight to reach a wooden upright in the right corner. The ditch on your right here marks the limit of the deer park. This is called the pale. Continue straight to the left of the telegraph poles, then start heading diagonally to the left, slightly downhill towards a wooden kissing door. The ledge you have traveled here is the Pale Frontier.
- Continue on the well traveled path which soon veers left into a wooded area and cross a wooden footbridge. Turn right at the other end of the bridge, then continue uphill keeping the right edge of the field fence. Aim for the left side of the Windy Hills Farm where you go through a wooden gate and turn right into the farmyard.
- Continue straight along the path. Passing by farm buildings continue until you reach Birchin Lee on your left. Continue straight on this well marked track. When you reach the cattle gate, take a moment to look diagonally left and where you can see Radholme Deer Park. Continue one more time to see New Laund Farm ahead of you, but turn right into the lane before entering the farm yard.
- Continue down the lane, you will see Leagram Hall on your right. You will soon come to the road where you will have to turn right. Take an immediate right to reach the dealer’s bridle path, through a wooden gate. Continue here to the end where you then join the road (see Leagram Lodge on your right) and follow the road to a T-junction
- Turn right and follow the road to the village where you will find the Sun Inn near your starting point. Stop and enjoy some well-deserved refreshments.
Read another of our suggestions for walks in Ribble Valley:Lovely walk through the Ribble Valley ending at a historic riverside pub with open fires
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