A well-kept secret, Longridge Fell is situated to the north of both Preston and Blackburn, and offers a superb panoply of the Bowland Fells which can be seen spread out before the gaze in all its glory.
The walk begins at the car park at Turner Fold and takes you to the 1,148-ft (350-m) summit on woodland footpaths. There are fabulous views from the high point including the Fylde Coast, the Vale of Chipping, the fells of the Forest of Bowland (including Parlick, Fair Snape Fell and Beacon Fell), the Yorkshire Dales and on a clear day the Lake District fells.
There is a rumor that Longridge was named by Oliver Cromwell in August 1648 – before the Battle of Preston, his army stopped here before taking on Monarchist forces from Scotland. Whilst on Longridge Fell Cromwell is thought to have said something like ‘my, what a long ridge’.
|Low Point||About 262m|
|High Point||About 350m|
|Bogs||Some boggy parts. Wear good boots.|
|Dogs||Good for dogs (leads through farms)|
|Estimated Calories burned||300 cals|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★|