An enchanting riverside walk alongside the Ribble and Hodder through open spaces and cool shaded woodland, we pass through a wonderful landscape full of historical secrets making an interesting past.
We cross many bridges along the way, from modern footbridges to historical crossings that reveal vital routes connecting the local communities living in this understated corner of NW England.
As we leave the ancient town of Clitheroe, we cross an old border of the Red and White Rose Counties, indeed, witness the stone-carved border on the Mitton Bridge where Little Mitton was separated from Great Mitton, not only by the Ribble but also by the administrative differences of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The most obvious historical man-made contribution to this landscape is the Old Bridge adjacent the Lower Hodder Bridge, take a closer look, it was built in 1562 replacing a wooden bridge that dated back to the 14th Century, that’s before the Reformation!
Imagine, as we walk through a landscape firmly established in the present day, we should remember those strong links to an interesting past. Treading these delightful pathways, it’s worth remembering those English men, women and children who have gone before us, treading these paths for at least a thousand years.