Circular River Walks

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Our first route guides are now available! Click on the links below to download a copy of the route guides:

Calder and Brun

This route  offers a rich mix of the cultural and natural heritage of the rivers that have shaped Burnley. Contrasting between the urban rivers at the heart of the town and the rural streams where they begin, fantastic views look over the Calder Valley to Pendle Hill.


Rivers and Bridges

This route passes built remnants of an industrial heritage gradually being reclaimed by nature. The bridges allow views along the River Ribble and these impressive structures are dramatic backdrops to the start of the river’s tidal character.

Ribble Estuary

This walk celebrates the link between the river and sea, taking in Liggard Brook and the Ribble Estuary. In the 1800s, Lytham was a small fishing village with a few cottages. It grew with industrialisation, as railways allowed easier access for workers to the coast from surrounding areas.

Riversway Docklands

This short stroll takes in both the Preston Riversway Docklands and the River Ribble, which was diverted to create the dock. The Bullnose offers views across to the Ribble Link, not far from the estuary. The route is rich in cultural heritage, with many features showing  the contrast between the modern-day and historic use of these waterways.

If printing our  route guides, please download the pdf and select the ‘Landscape’ setting and ‘Duplex (flip on short edge)’. 

As part of Ribble Life Together, 15 new circular walks will be created across the catchment, from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Lytham and the Ribble Estuary. These walks will vary in difficulty and in length from 2.2 miles to 8.5 miles (3.5km to 13.7km). The routes will focus on river and freshwater features as well as local social, industrial and cultural heritage.

The purpose of the circular walks is to achieve the following objectives:

Increase access to and interpretation/understanding of rivers

Increase existing use of rivers

Widen the audience of rivers

Most of the walk routes will be designed to pass our other physical works such as woodlands, wetlands and fish passes. Each walk will have an accompanying digital walk guide and interpretation panels containing further information about the area and wildlife. The digital walk guides are downloadable through our Ribble Life app, which is available on both Apple and Android, and contains additional photos, videos and audio recordings.

The Ribble Life Together circular walks aim to help everyone to access the river and learn more about the hidden heritage. Physical access improvements and exciting interpretation should ensure that these walks are accessible and appeal to all of the community.


Watch this space for more walks coming soon!