The pack horse bridge built by Sir Richard Shireburn in 1562 still stands -
as viewed from Lower Hodder Bridge.

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Walking the Hodder

The River Hodder is a dominant feature in the Forest of Bowland landscape. From its source high above Stocks Reservoir to its confluence with the Ribble two miles east of Hurst Green, the Hodder is a delight to the walker and fisherman alike. The river is a valuable wild life resource; grayling is the main catch in the upper Hodder, while brown trout is found in the lower reaches. The months of May to July see the run of sea trout, while September and October bring the salmon. Water fowl can be seen along the length of the river and the stalking heron is often disturbed.
As the crow flies the distance from Slaidburn to Hurst Green is 9 miles, the Hodder however meanders some 22 miles from Slaidburn until it meets the Ribble.
The object of this series of walks is to explore the Hodder from Hurst Green in the south to Slaidburn in the north. It is not possible to follow the banks of the Hodder wholly along public footpaths, so some diversion has to be made. The route has been divided into stages; each stage made into a circular walk with a pub as a possible objective. The completion of these stages enables the whole of the Hodder to be explored.
Walk details for each stage can be found by clicking the respective link below or on the map:
A Satellite Image of the respective area is available as a pop-up for each Stage.

Stage 1 - from Hurst Green to Higher Hodder Bridge.
Starting at the Shireburn Arms in Hurst Green the walk initially follows the Ribble and then meets the Hodder as it enters the Ribble. The walk continues to Higher Hodder Bridge and returns to Hurst Green via Stonyhurst College.
Stage 2
- from Higher Hodder Bridge to Doeford Bridge
The return leg passes the former Craven Heifer at Chaigley and thereafter the steep climb up and along Longridge Fell.
Stage 3 - from Doeford Bridge to Burholme Bridge

The Inn at Whitewell is encountered here on the banks of the Hodder.
Stage 4 - from Burholme Bridge to Newton

There is no pub in Dunsop Bridge but the Parkers Arms in Newton makes for a popular half-way house.
Stage 5 - from Newton to Slaidburn and beyond

The short walk from Newton to the Hark to Bounty in Slaidburn can be extended to take in Stocks Reservoir.
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