Forest of Bowland Day Walks: Longridge Fell from Hurst Green

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 27

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Although not an overly difficult walk, you'll nevertheless need the stamina to walk 8 miles and climb Longridge Fell

The Forest of Bowland was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964.  The AONB covers much of north-east Lancashire, with a small part in North Yorkshire, and the name "forest" is used in its traditional sense of "royal hunting ground".  This series of walks aims to explore the area.

On this walk, we'll set off from the village of Hurst Green and slowly climb up towards Longridge Fell from where we'll hopefully get some great views of the surrounding countryside (I say hopefully because on the recce all we could see was fog!)  We'll then descend through woodland towards the impressive Stonyhurst College, a Roman Catholic boarding school founded in 1593 (according to Wikipedia 'The school's alumni include three Saints,seven archbishops,seven Victoria Cross winners,a Peruvian president, a Bolivian president, a New Zealand prime minister, a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence and several writers, sportsmen, and politicians').  From there, it's just a short walk back to Hurst Green and the Bayley Arms pub.

Stonyhurst Chapel
Stonyhurst Chapel


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