Longridge Fell : Lancashire

by | Dec 20, 2019 | Go Outside, Lancashire, Walking

Route Information

An out-and-return circular walk

Route Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 6.5 km (4.06 miles)

Route Elevation: 138 m

Route Time: 1-2 hrs

Start and Finish: Jeffrey Hill Car Park, Knowle Green, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2TT

Depending on the featured walk and especially in mountainous areas, you may need to Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in to your own pace.

Facilities

There are no toilets unfortunately at this site.

Due to the location of the car park i never noticed any immediate pubs. For more information visit the TripAdvisor website 

Hazards

The walk up to the summit can be very boggy so gaitors and waterproofs maybe a good idea. This would possibly be the case most of the year. 

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Public Transport

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Weather Forecast

Longridge Fell Weather

 

One of Lancashire’s most prominent landscapes provides a great family walk.  

The walk starts off from the car park on Jeffery Hill which is free but only small and can possibly accommodate 10 cars. The start of the walk is only 20 meters from the car park where you head through a gate and up towards the ridge. The weather was good for early October and i could clearly see Pen-y-Ghent and the southern end of the Forest of Bowland to the left of the ridge on my way up.

Longridge Fell is close to Preston and is popular with walkers from the surrounding areas including Burnley, Clitherore, Bolton etc. Rumour has it that Oliver Cromwell named the ridge in 1648 during the battle of Preston.

From the fell’s 1,148 ft summit, views are afforded of Preston to the south-west; the Fylde Coast to the west and the outstanding view of the Vale of Chipping and the fells of the Forest of Bowland to the north. To the west Parlick, Fair Snape Fell and Beacon Fell, and the Yorkshire Dales to the north east (including, most notably, Pen-y-Ghent).

Clitheroe, Pendle Hill and Whalley, to the east and south east; and Winter Hill and the West Pennine Moors and the huge British Aerospace factory at Samlesbury Aerodrome. On clear days, the Lake District and sometimes the Isle of Man can be seen including Snowdonia to the south west.

Once i reached the summit i decided to continue my walk so i headed NNE and climbed a stile and entered the forest. Half way through the forest take the right path and it will lead you to a more open area where you will then head right and follow the gravel track which is directing you back towards the summit. When you see the summit, you do an about turn nearly and head left back into the forest for a short while before it brings you out back on open land where you head back down the fell to Jeffery Hill.

This was great walk and i recommend it highly. Just be warned the pathways can get very muddy during winter and wet weather, so suitable footwear is recommended.

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