The River Ribble

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Guide to the River Ribble.
The River Ribble offers excellent game fishing for wild brown trout, grayling and salmon.

The Ribble also holds coarse fish including barbel, carp, chub, perch, pike and roach.

The Path of the River Ribble

The River Ribble starts its journey near Ribblehead in North Yorkshire, at the confluence of the Gayle Beck and Cam Beck. The river heads southwest for about a mile, coming close to the famous Ribblehead Viaduct, before heading in a south southeast direction.

The river flows past the small hamlet of Selside, the village of Horton in Ribblesdale, and continues past Studfold and Helwith Bridge, where it takes a more southerly route.

Its course takes it on through the village of Little Stainforth, then it flows between the villages of Stackhouse and Langcliffe before reaching the town of Settle.

Maintaining its southerly course the river then flows about half a mile to the east of the village of Rathmell, where it starts to take a more south southeasterly course, taking it between the villages of Wigglesworth and Long Preston.

The River Ribble then meanders over to the east where it flows between the villages of Halton West and Swinden. It then takes a southwesterly course heading between the villages of Paythorne and Newsholme and meets its tributary the Stock Beck just north of Gisburn Village.

The river then changes its direction to a west southwesterly course, flowing just south of the village of Bolton-by-Bowland. It continues on passing the villages of Sawley, Grindleton, Chatburn and West Bradford.

Its course then takes it south of the village of Waddington and past the northwest flank of the town of Clitheroe.

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Changing its course slightly, the river flows between Great Mitton and Little Mitton and meets up with its largest tributary, the River Hodder, just downstream of Great Mitton and Little Mitton. Around 3/4 of a mile downstream of the Hodder confluence the river meets another of its tributaries, the River Calder.

At the Calder confluence, which is just north of Brockhall Village, the river changes direction again to head southwest passing through the village of Ribchester.

The River Ribble then heads into the city of Preston where it meets another tributary, the River Darwen, just north of Walton-le-Dale. As it continues its journey through the Preston district it meets it final tributary, the River Douglas, just south of the village of Freckleton.

The river then discharges into the Irish Sea between Lytham St. Annes on the north and the seaside town of Southport on the southern bank.

Species of fish found in the River Ribble include:

Fishing Clubs & Societies with fishing rights on the River Ribble

River Ribble Counties & Tributaries

  • Flows through counties:
    • North Yorkshire
    • Lancashire
  • Tributaries include:
    • Gayle Beck
    • Cam Beck
    • Stock beck
    • River Hodder
    • River Calder
    • River Darwen
    • River Douglas
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