Walk in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien, and discover the breathtaking countryside which lay as the backdrop for the world famous ‘Middle Earth’ and inspired this legendary author.
J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his time at Stonyhurst working on ‘Lord of the Rings’ in a classroom on the upper gallery of the College. Renowned for his love of nature and wooded landscapes, Tolkein often explored the surrounding countryside around Stonyhurst, and a number of names which occur in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ are similar to those found locally, including Shire Lane (in Hurst Green) and River Shirebourn (similar to the family name which built Stonyhurst).
This 5.5 mile walk begins and ends at Stonyhurst College.
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|Low Point||About 40m|
|High Point||About 110m|
|Height gain||About 70m|
|Terrain||Roads, forestry and fields|
|Dogs||Good for dogs (leads through farms)|
|Estimated Calories burned||600 cals|
|Enjoyment rating (5 = best)||★★★★★|