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.