"Of course you can walk by the river" said the friendly farmer we met, "It's much nicer that way". The newly created path beside the Ribble led us past the Elizabethan Osbaldeston Hall to Oxendale Hall and through quiet countryside where the villages are still named after their Anglo Saxon creators Baldhere and Osbald.
LOCATION: Eight miles east of Preston
START: Turn off A59 at roundabout into Mellor Brook. Turn left after Feilden's Arms & park on Whalley Rd.
Grid ref: SD643313 Postcode: BB2 7HY
DISTANCE: 6.5 miles
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - West Pennine Moors Landranger 102
REFRESHMENTS: Feilden's Arms or pack a flask
EN ROUTE: Balderstone
This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News