Tolkein Trail


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.

 

Click here to download the walking route.

 

Distance5.5 miles
Time3 hours
Low PointAbout 40m
High PointAbout 110m
Height gainAbout 70m
TerrainRoads, forestry and fields
DogsGood for dogs (leads through farms)
Estimated Calories burned600 cals
Enjoyment rating (5 = best)★★★★★

 

 

Tolkein Trail


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.

 

Click here to download the walking route.

 

Distance5.5 miles
Time3 hours
Low PointAbout 40m
High PointAbout 110m
Height gainAbout 70m
TerrainRoads, forestry and fields
DogsGood for dogs (leads through farms)
Estimated Calories burned600 cals
Enjoyment rating (5 = best)★★★★★