Two Shires Walking Weekend
Based from the Ribble Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and one of Lancashire’s hidden gems, this Two Shires walking weekend not only explores the shire of Lancashire as we walk over famous Pendle Hill, but we also head into Yorkshire to the Bolton Abbey Estate for a guided walk of Simons Seat and the Valley of Desolation.
A walker’s weekend with two days of fine scenery and excellent viewpoints.
- 2 days of scenic guided walks
- The Ribble Valley, rich in history & heritage
- Reaching the top of famous Pendle Hill
- Exploring trails on the Bolton Abbey Estate
- Stunning scenery
Accommodation for this tour is not included. For accommodation information and all essential tour information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm at the Stirk House Hotel. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 2 walk – Simon Seat 8.4 miles (13.4km), with 1433 ft (437m) of ascent
A 35-minute scenic minibus journey from the Ribble Valley will take us across the Lancashire border into Yorkshire as we start todays walk from the Bolton Abbey Estate, owned by the Duke of Devonshire. A popular estate for walkers, our circular walk features scenic countryside as we ascend the valley floor to the picturesque Valley of Desolation complete with waterfall, and up onto the moors as we head for the Simon Seat trig point and excellent views.
The walking trail meets up with a fine section of the River Wharfe as we continue downstream through an interesting and historic section of the river back to the estate Pavilion, where there may be time to explore the ruins of the 12th century Bolton Abbey Priory and cross the river stepping stones, before the return transport to Stirk House Hotel, Lancashire.
In the evening, an optional social evening is planned in Clitheroe, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 2 walk – Pendle Hill 7 miles (11.2km), with 1269 ft (387m) of ascent
Today we travel into the heart of the Ribble Valley and walk a classic Lancashire route, Pendle Hill. Famous for witches, and the founder of the Quaker movement, Pendle Hill offers a wonderful walk in picturesque countryside. From the top of Pendle Hill, on a clear day, the tops of the Cumbrian Fells and Yorkshire Peaks can be seen. Descending into the village of Downham, home to Lord Clitheroe, you will see why the village is very unique.
The walk / weekend will finish at approx. 3-4pm
Accommodation is not included as part of this tour. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Stirk House Hotel contemporary luxury hotel in historic surroundings.
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We recommend booking accommodation at the Stirk House hotel or the town of Clitheroe for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings. Country Adventures can provide transport pick up from Clitheroe to the meeting point on request.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening at the Stirk House hotel or in the town of Clitheroe is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Please meet at Stirk House hotel at 9.30am for the start of each days walk. (Alternative transport pick up available from the town of Clitheroe on request).
Address: Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4LJ