Ribble Rides – Longridge Fell Loop

Ribble Rides-Longridge fell Loop is the first in our new series of our favourite rides. of favourite rides. A loop of Longridge Fell, it’s an intermediate route of just over 22 miles and an elevation change of 1180ft. Read on for more details of this rollercoaster of a ride.

The starting point is Longridge town centre, from here head out of town along the B5269 until you arrive at the Corporation Arms. Bear left onto the B6243 and follow the road as it meanders its way towards Hurst Green.

Image 1. A Ribble CGR 725 steel gravel bike outside the main gates of the historic Stoneyhurst College.

Upon reaching the picturesque hamlet of Hurst Green you may notice the Shireburn Arms which is the starting point for the 5.5mile long Tolkien Trail. The trail takes in the historic Stonyhurst College and surrounding countryside which is thought to have provided the inspiration for ‘the shire’ in the literary greats ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

Upon exiting Hurst Green, you are greeted by the sight of Pendle Hill rearing up in the distance and shortly thereafter cross the River Hodder. Take some time to appreciate the simply breath-taking structure to the right-hand side. Cromwell’s Bridge is named for Oliver Cromwell who marched his roundheads across on their way to fight the cavaliers at the Battle of Preston in 1648.

Image 2. The CGR 725 outside the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green.

Once across the river head towards Withgill and at the crossroads just after head straight across until the lane reaches its conclusion. Turn left (signposted Trough of Bowland) and follow the road as it ascends through Bashall Eaves and Cow Ark. When you reach the signpost for Whitewell (in Cow Ark) you will have reached the highest point of the ride and its largely all downhill from this point.  Continue on past the turn-off and follow signposts for Chipping as you descend gradually.

Upon entering Chipping Village centre you will encounter St Bartholomew’s Church to your right. Just past the church is the Cobbled Corner Cafe, a favoured haunt of tired cyclists and walkers alike. Treat yourself to some well-deserved refreshment before heading back to the Sun Inn for the last leg of the journey back to the start. Turn right onto Windy Street (which becomes Longridge Road) and follow the well-signposted route back to the starting point in Longridge town centre.

Image 3. Cromwell’s Bridge sits astride the River Hodder between Hurst Green and Withgill.

If you enjoy this route and want to ride out with a group, we ride out from Ribble HQ at Walton Summit every Tuesday evening throughout the spring and summer months.

  • Rides commence at 17:30 weekly.
  • They normally range in distance from approximately 15-25 miles.
  • Riders of all experience are welcome.
  • These are ‘no-drop’ rides and one or more of the Ribble employees will act as chaperones to ensure everyone stays together.
  • There are 2 groups, the fast group for those who like a challenge and the beginner/intermediates who prefer a more sociable pace.

All are welcome and we hope to see you soon. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with details of the rides.

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