The Tolkien Trail

Hurst Green – River Ribble – River Hodder – Stonyhurst College – Hurst Green

Explore the landscapes of the Shire in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings author who penned much of his magnum opus while staying at Stonyhurst College in the beautiful Hodder Valley. Tolkien wrote extensively while staying at this grand old college during the Second World War and many of the place names in this enchanted valley resonate with vividly described landscapes of the Shire.Meet at the charming old coaching inn of the Shireburn and enjoy an easy riverside ramble with some splendid autumn colours on display in the ancient woodlands before returning via the impressive fa├žade of the college itself.

Moderate 10.5