The Ribble Valley is another part of Lancashire that is almost unknown by people living outside of the county. In its middle section it is dominated by the huge bulk of Pendle Hill.
This short walk will introduce you to a lovely reach of the river with the great hill as a backdrop returning by quiet meadows with scattered woods.
With the Three Fishes on your right walk slightly downhill passing the church opposite and the Old Hall.
The road leads down to Mitton Bridge which crosses the River Ribble.
From there is a delightful view of the river.
Cross, passing the Aspinall Arms pub and then turn left through a wooden kissing gate.
Close to this spot there is a sign showing that from the start of the walk you have been on the Ribble Way.
After Shuttleworth Farm a quiet lane briefly separates you from the river in 500 metres. After the river bends away keep ahead for another 500 metres to reach a junction immediately beyond woods on the left.
Here turn left and the right onto a track a short distance from the junction.
Almost immediately go through the kissing gate that leads to an enclosed path. This soon reunites you with the river.
The path passes close to a camping and caravanning site to enter the Riverside Park before Edisford Bridge.
Keep ahead through the playground and car park to join Edisford Road (B6243). Turn left.
Keep on the main road past the junction for Balshall and continue for another 800 metres. The prominent height to the right is Longridge Fell.
Where the road bends sharply right cross to the drive of a farm. Turn right onto a farm road.
After crossing a stile next to a metal gate continue on the tarmac to the next gate.
After this bear slightly right to cross a stile leading into a large field.
Follow the hedge to your left as its leads you across fields by a series of wooden stiles. After the way crosses a culvert the next stile leads into a vast field.
Keeping parallel to the hedge on the left, cross this and then a short distance beyond a small enclosed pond turn left over a stile onto a narrow path known as Malkin Lane. Keep on it for 300 metres until it brings you to Church Lane. Turn left and you’ll soon arrive in Great Mitton.