The Ribble Way is a way-marked long distance footpath along the Ribble Valley, following the course of the River Ribble. It is typically walked from ‘sea’ to source, although there is every reason to do it the other way round.
The sea end of the walk is at Longton, on the salt marshes of the estuary close to the River Douglas. The lack of a bridge here stops the walk going any further towards the wide mouth of the Ribble. At the source of the Ribble, water bubbles from the sourounding limestone fells to form the Ribble, which really gets flowing at Ribblehead. This area at the top of Chapel-le-Dale is the location of Ribblehead station, and the famous Ribblehead viaduct. It is also the centre of the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks, making an excellent addition to the Ribble Way walk.