Forest of Bowland Day Walks: Longridge Fell from Hurst Green
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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.
What to bring
If you're unsure what to wear or bring for a day walk, see the kit list in the About Us > My First Event section of the website. As it's winter, it's a good idea to wear/bring layers of clothing, a hat, gloves and a flask of warm drink!
Food & drink
You'll need to bring a packed lunch and enough fluids to keep you hydrated during the walk (recommended 1-2 litres of water). There is a pub which we'll call into at the end of the walk but otherwise there are no shops nearby so you'll need to bring everything you need with you.