The UK has many areas that have played a role in inspiring JRR Tolkien’s creation, and the writer spent much of his time working at the Stonyhurst College during the World War II. It is said that the location is where The Lord of the Rings was born. Many people who have trailed the landscape has found inspiration, and it is believed that the five-mile trail in Ribble valley might have inspired JRRT as well. JRR Tolkien was known for being passionate about wooded landscapes, nature and the scenery enveloping the Stonyhurst. This is the reason you may find many names used in the LOTR trilogy to be very similar to the local names. This includes Shire Lane, Hurst Green & River Shirebourn.
His time spent at Stonyhurst influenced the direct references that were used in JRR Tolkien’s book. He was working in the upper gallery of the college in a classroom for ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the 5.5 miles that comprise of the Tolkien Trail exploring the Ribble landscape, must have been the source of inspiration from the start to the end.
Tolkien Trail explores the valley area and is believed to have stirred the idea behind the ‘Lord of the Rings’. The Tolkien Trail walk takes you to Stonyhurst College, the place that the author worked during the World War. The splendid riverside views that meet the eye go around the college and onto the trail. At the back, you will see the River Hodder and Ribble meet. The area where they meet takes you through lush and grass-filled paths to continue on the trail. After the halfway mark, you will see the Cromwell Bridge. The bridge was built in 1562 by Sir Richard Shireburn. In the end, there is the aqueduct to look forward to.
The Significance of The Aquaduct
The aqueduct that runs at the end of the JRR Tolkien trail is said to have been built around the 1880s. At first, the aqueduct was used only to carry water to the villages and towns. Today, it stands tall as an awe-inspiring engineering marvel.
All Around the Trail
This trail will bring you back to where you started at one point. You will be back at the Hurst Green village where you will find treats from the brilliant countryside. Visitors are encouraged to wander and continue exploring once they reach the Shireburn Arms side of Hurst Green. You will also have a chance to explore the Stonyhurst College then. The college was established in the year 1593, and it includes many old buildings, public gardens, attractive grounds, and exceptional views to the Pendle Hill and the Bowland Forest. There are notable buildings including the Dome Observatory of the 19th century, two Garden Pavilions of the 17th century, and the medieval Hill Barn Farm.
After trailing the college grounds, you may take the route between Fox Fall Wood and then head to Hurst-Green. You can also extend your trail experience by going on the Ribble Way trail. Heading to the northeast it will point you to Clitheroe, to investigate the castle along with its beautiful grounds, while to the west is Ribchester, a Roman village where you will find old fort remains.