A circular walk from Edisford Bridge to Great Mitton
distance 6.19 miles : time 3 hours

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A circular walk from Edisford Bridge to Great Mitton
The path starts at the picnic area next to Edisford Bridge. The path is an easy riverside walk which forms part of the Ribble Way. After firstly following close to the river the path diverts to the left across a small field to meet with the road. The road then continues to Shuttleworth Farm. Here the path goes through a small field avoiding the farm yard. About half mile after the aqueduct the path bears slightly left to meet a foot-bridge over a brook. Thereafter the path follows the fence high above the river and meets the road to the left of the Aspinall Arms. (60 min)
Turn right at the road and continue to the Lower Hodder Bridge. The Three Fishes is seen on the left and Mitton Church on the right.. There is fast traffic on this road; it is wise to walk on the grass verge. (25 min)
The path continues at a stile just to the right of Lower Hodder Cottages; it is almost a straight route all the way to Bashall Town. The path skirts the wood on the left and crosses through the trees ahead via a stile. After leaving the last of the wood on the left, head for the stile next to the double gate. Continue diagonally across the field to the stile at the far right hand corner leading onto the road.
Cross the road at the T-junction and head diagonally across the field to the small wood. Follow the edge of the wood and again after crossing a stile head across the next field aiming for the left hand side of the copse. Here go through the double gate and follow the very short farm track turning right along the stone wall at the bottom. Bashall Barn comes into view across the field. Follow the stone wall on the left to the stile and then after the stile the hedge on the right. Towards the end of the hedge bear left towards the stile below the big sycamore. Carry straight on up the narrow road to Bashall Barn. (50 min)
Turn right at Bashall Barn; the footpath continues about 300 yd along the road on the right. Walk down hill towards Cheetall seen in the distance. Cross the farm road, after the stile cross the small beck. On approaching the hedge bear right to find the plank foot-bridge over the ditch. Walk over the field aiming just to the right of the buildings to a stile where the path crosses the track leading to Cheetall. Continue straight on keeping the fence on the right to the next stile. The path now follows the fence on the left. Half way along the fence bear right to the stile at the very far right hand corner of the field. The Edisford Bridge pub is a few yards down the road. (35 min)
Edisford Bridge Hotel

Edisford Bridge (no website as yet)
Open all day (may close at 21.30 in the winter)
Food: Mon-Thurs 11.30-14.00; 18.00-21.00
Fri 11.30-21.00; Sat 11.30-21.30;
Sun 12.00-21.00

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Aspinall Arms
Open Mon-Sat 10.30-23.00;
Sun 12.00-22.30.
Food: Mon-Sat 12.00-22.00;
Sun 12.00-21.30;

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The Three Fishes
Open Mon-Sat 12.00-23.00;
Sun 12.00-22.00.
Food: Mon-Fri 12.00-21.00;
Sat 12.00-21.30
Sun 12.00-21.00;

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The walk starts at the popular pic-nic area at Edisford Bridge (a municipal car park is found nearby) and follows close to the bank of the Ribble to Great Mitton. A break may be enjoyed here either at the Aspinall Arms, Mitton Hall or The Three Fishes.
From Mitton to join the footpath at Lower Hodder Bridge walking along the road is necessary; walk on the verge on the left to avoid the traffic.
The rest of the walk is across green fields and pasture. Bashall Barn offers the opportunity for a beer, a coffee or tea (open seven-days-a-week 9.30-17.30).
The walk concludes at the Edisford Bridge pub which is open all day.