447 Gisburn

"Mind your own business". No, we're not being rude, but this ancient inscription appears on Field House near Gisburn in the Ribble Valley. Here quiet paths lead across the fields until the approach to the river adds a frisson of excitement with a narrow path tiptoeing along the edge and a steep descent through delightful beech trees. It's then an easy stroll back to Gisburn, a quaint market town with an ancient church and stately 17th century buildings.

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LOCATION: Seven miles north east of Clitheroe
START: Gisburn, junction of A59 & A682. Roadside parking on Mill Lane near toilets
Grid ref: SD827488 Postcode: BB7 4HT
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate, but some steep steps and awkward stiles
TIME: 2.5 hours
MAP: Explorer - Forest of Bowland or South Pennines Landranger 103
NOTE: Field House
EN ROUTE: Ribble Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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