Stonyhurst Ribchester Circular
This tour takes you from the magnificent Stonyhurst College via the village of Hurst Green to the Roman town of Ribchester with its Roman remains, museum and fine medieval church.
Along the way you visit Stydd church one of the oldest churches in Lancashire and its interesting Almshouses. On the way back you can drink in panoramic views of the Ribble Valley from Longridge Fell and park to explore forest paths.
Approx. Distance 10.9 miles (17.6 km)
This ancient riverside village is built on the site of the Roman fort of Bremetennacum. Estimated to have covered six acres of ground, a large portion of the remains lie under the old church and churchyard.
The Roman Museum has recently been extended, and provides interesting displays about Roman life in the area. Many artifacts from this time are on show, including copies of a highly detailed Roman Helmet found in Ribchester by a small boy in 1797. The original is now in the British Museum.
It's one of the district's most popular villages with local shops and amenities, an art gallery and some award winning accommodation and cosy country pubs.
Grid Ref: SD649350
The Shireburn Arms Hurst Green
The Shireburn Arms is privately owned and run by the Alcock family. Situated in the heart of the Ribble Valley and enjoying panoramic views, the 17th century Shireburn Arms, is ideal for both pleasure and business, offering 'away from it all' seclusion and giving an immediate sense of relaxation and friendly informality.
Accommodation and Food.
Web: The Shireburn Arms
Post Code: BB7 9QJ Grid: Ref: SD685378
From Stonyhurst College drive into Hurst Green and turn right onto the B6243 towards Longridge. At a sharp right bend turn left into Gallows Lane, the name suggesting its past. At the bottom turn right towards Ribchester. Before you reach Ribchester a turning to your right takes you up a narrow lane to Stydd church, before the church on the left you will pass the Almshouses, you can park and turn round at the church. Return down the lane and turn right for Ribchester. As you enter Ribchester follow signs for the car park, which is in the centre and gives easy access to the Roman remains, museum and medieval church. The village is well worth exploring and has riverside views.
For the return to Stonyhurst leave Ribchester via the B6345 towards Longridge. After about a mile (2 km) turn right into Green Moor Lane. At the junction with the B6243 turn right heading towards Hurst Green. Take the next left and start to climb up Longridge Fell. After about half a mile (0.5 km) turn right at the cross roads onto Old Clitheroe Road. Along this road are views of the Ribble Valley and places to park and walk. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3 km) and take a right turn down Stocksbridge to return to Stonyhurst College or continue straight on for Clitheroe.