Hurst Green around Longridge Fell
distance 7.02 miles : time about 3 hours

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A circular walk from Hurst Green to Longridge Fell
Walk down the main street of Hurst Green turning left just before the Stonyhurst Estate and follow the bridle path. The path keeps to the high ground and descends to Dean Brook. After the stone bridge bear left and carry on along the bridleway to meet the road just before Greengore. The path now continues in a straightforward manner through a series of gates/stiles to Crowshaw House and then on to the main road.
(40 min.)
(Alternatively because of felling work on the path ahead, turn left along the road for 250 yds and take the forestry road on the right which leads directly to Kemple End. This route is shown on the O.S. map)
At the road turn right for a few yards and then immediately left into the wood. Again the path is straightforward; a stream is crossed via a wooden bridge after which the path become quite muddy. However, avoid the mud by walking a few yards into the wood and walking parallel to the path. After Green Thorn a gentle climb up the fellside ensues. The path soon leaves the wood and continues up to meet the forestry road. Looking back from here gives a panoramic view over the Ribble Valley towards Blackburn in the distance. Turn right along the forestry road which is now a permissive path. Continue to Kemple End.
(50 min.)
Cross the road and follow the roadway through the Kemple complex. After the farm the path follows an old quarry road to Stockbridge. (Alternatively to shorten the walk turn left and follow the road back to Hurst Green). Turn right at the road; the path continues after 250 yd on the left-hand side along the farm road to Higher Deer House.
At the House turn sharp left and walk downhill over the pasture to the stile found at the edge of the wood. The path descends to a footbridge over the brook and then to the stile leading onto the Stonyhurst Golf course. Follow the fence on the right to the FP sign; turn sharp left and walk across the course to the copse following the waymarkers to the road next to the club house. On leaving the golf course turn right along the road and then sharp right at the white gates. Walk along the Avenue back to Hurst Green.
(25 min.)
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