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.