Great Mitton

 

Next month Northcote Manor celebrates its 18th year of hosting a gastronic event “Obsession” when over 21 world class chefs come together in a festival of great food and wine to offer guests a great culinary experience. As Northcote Ambassador Nigel Haworth explains, “Obsession … just keeps getting more exciting each year. We’re bringing different styles of cooking, different cultures and different flavours to Northcote for both our guests and our kitchen team to experience. Sharing ideas has got to be one of the most important and inspirational things we can do in cookery and we’re in a privileged position that the Obsession 18 chefs are open to sharing their ideas with us.” “Obsession” is an apt title for the event describing Nigel’s passion for food which has helped secure an international reputation for Northcote as well as prestigious awards such as the AA Hotel of the Year. Over the past few years the Northcote philosophy has been rolled out through Ribble Valley Inns a group of five pubs located throughout the North West of England. Aware that these are situated in the midst of rural tranquility RVIs have been keen to encourage diners to explore the nearby countryside on foot either with a self guided booklet or through aguided walks programme which has been running the past three years. Below we describe a walk we led in autumn. For more information about “Obsession”  see www.northcote.com  For more information about the guided walks programme see www.ribblevalleyinns.com 

Fact file
Start. The Three Fishes Great Mitton BB7 9PQ
 

Distance 4.4miles 7K

Time: 2 - 2 ½ hours

Grade: Easy but with a number of stiles in the first half of the walk

Map: OS OL41 Ribblesdale and the Forest of Bowland

 

 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press

Directions:

1. From the Three Fishes turn right and then almost immediately left onto Church Lane.

 

Pass the fine medieval church of All Hallows and keep on the lane as it bends sharply to the left

 

taking you to Mitton Green in a third of a mile.

 

Here join Clitheroe Road turning right

 

and then in a short distance turn right again onto a farm track leading to a gate.

 

Cross a stile to the left of the gate. From the stile bear left to a metal gate in a hedgerow.

 

Through this on a slightly elevated rise drop to a metal gate

 

and after passing through this keep ahead to a plank bridge over a small stream

 

leading to stile. Once cross turn right to the field corner to cross the stream

 

on a second plank bridge and another stile. Now in a large field bisected by a fence cross its stile

 

and in the same direction head for a field corner with a stile made awkward by its wobbliness.

 

Follow the hedgerow to the right and as a field opens up bear right through an uncultivated patch

 

to a stile and a flat bridge crossing. Now bear left aiming for the right corner in a long tapering field. When you reach the corner go through an awkward metal gate to arrive on a farm drive. Turn left and soon after reach Clitheroe Road.

 

Turn right. In a little over half a mile pass the Edisford Bridge Hotel on the left and soon after reach Edisford Bridge.

 

2. This is the halfway point of the walk. Now on the Ribble Way cross the bridge and turn right

 

into an area of parkland very popular in the summer months. With the River Ribble on your right keep ahead on the path

 

as it leaves the park. Soon after on a very attractive reach

 

the way climbs up a rise and then on an enclosed path

 

leaves the riverside to bring you to a farm track.

 

Turn left and then right onto Henthorn Road.

 

After passing a household recycling centre to the left the route continues to Fishes and Peggy Hill farm.

 

As you enter the complex take a footpath on the right

 

to cross a paddock in front of a barn. On the far side continue past the barn on a track soon reaching fields.

 

Back close to the river pass a utility building on the right

 

and then bear left to locate a footbridge in the hedgerow ahead.

 

Across this climb a rise to a wooden gate

 

and continue with woodland to the right to a second gate. From here bear right following the fence line and then bearing right to reach Whalley Road close to the Aspinall Arms. Turn right to cross Mitton Bridge and then climb uphill to the Three Fishes.