The Waddington Arms is an ideal base for a multitude of walks – from a gentle countryside amble to pretty riverside walks or challenging hikes up into the fells to the north of the village.
Named after the fearsome Anglo-Saxon warlord Wada, the Old Hall near to the inn gave shelter to the vanquished King Henry VI during the War of the Roses. Waddington is widely acknowledged as one of the prettiest villages in the Northwest and a regular winner of Lancashire’s Best Kept Village competition – thanks in part to the lovingly maintained memorial gardens alongside the brook that tumbles through the centre of the village.
A comprehensive network of footpaths meander between Waddington and the neighbouring villages of West Bradford and Bashall Eaves. A variety of circular walks visit these pretty villages before returning to Waddington along the banks of the Ribble. For a more challenging hike, head north out of the village, following the Lancashire Witches Walk up onto the wild slopes of Waddington and West Bradford fells, where the red grouse cackle to themselves in the heather and rare hen harriers and merlin soar over the moorland. For a charming short walk to the market town of Clitheroe, walk out of the village on the main road to cross the river via the bridge at Brungerley Park and follow the pavement into Clitheroe, where there are plenty of pubs and cafes dispensing refreshment. Return via the footbridge over the Ribble at Low Moor, strolling through the grounds of Waddow Hall to return along the quiet country lane into the village.< Back to the blog archive