Taking the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire 9

A guide to walking the Tolkien Trail in Hurst Green, Lancashire

Spending a day exploring the English countryside is one of life’s simple joys and there’s a huge variety of locations to explore in the North West alone. Just over an hour’s drive away from Manchester but a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life is the village of Hurst Green which is known for its historic school Stonyhurst College.

The school has some significant literary links – Sherlock Holmes writer Arthur Conan Doyle studied there and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien was a regular visitor as his son taught there.

Tolkien is said to have taken much inspiration from the local area for Middle Earth and there’s a stunning walk, the Tolkien Trail, allowing you to visit and explore the sites he saw. Standing and ending in Hurst Green, this walk takes features a variety of scenery including open fields (with views to Pendle Hill), woodland and a riverside stroll.

The walk itself isn’t too strenuous; it’s generally easy going and quite flat throughout so even those with a low level of fitness shouldn’t find it too challenging. It can be muddy in sections and it took us about 3 hours to complete – although we did stop for about 30 minutes beside the river.

You can download the walk guide from Visit Lancashire here and take a look at my photo guide to the walk  below showcasing some of the sites found on the Tolkien Trail.

Views at the start of the Tolkien Trail Cows in a field, Lancashire

A gate on the Tolkien Trail A walk along the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire

Views while on the Tolkien Trail A walk along the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire

Looking towards Stonyhurst College's Observatory A view of Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green

A view of Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green Views across to Pendle Hill while on the Tolkien Trail

Woodland on the Tolkien Trail Through woodland near the village of Hurst Green

A small bridge on the Tolkien Trail Woodland views on the Tolkien Trail

A bridge in the woods on the Tolkien Trail A stream leading to the River Hodder during a walk along the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire

A walk along the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire A walk along the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire

Almost time to pick blackberries in Lancashire! An acorn tree in Lancashire

The banks of the River Hodder Stone building on the Tolkien Trail

A lonely bus stop in Lancashire Looking out to East Lancashire's hills

Cows in a field Farm buildings on the Tolkien Trail

A large tree in Lancashire riverside views in Lancashire

River Ribble Tree stump on the Tolkien Trail;

Walking along the banks of the River Ribble A Victorian viaduct

Entering the woods on the Tolkien Trail Woodland steps on the Tolkien Trail

A footpath sign at Hurst Green A more DIY stile

Views across the fields and to the hills beyond Walking through a field of cows in Lancashire

The end of the walk leading to the car park of the Shireburn Arms pub Hurst Green, Lancashire

 


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