Reasons to Visit
The Tolkien Trail
Many areas in the UK claim to have inspired J.R.R Tolkien creation of middle earth but the author certainly spent a lot of his time at Stonyhurst College working on The Lord of the Rings during the Second World War. Many have found connections with this landscape around the college and the 6 mile Tolkien Trail explores the Ribble Valley that inspired him.
J.R.R. Tolkien was renowned for his love of nature and wooded landscapes and the countryside around Stonyhurst is simply beautiful. A number of names which occur in ‘The Lord of The Rings’ are similar to those found locally including Shire Lane (in Hurst Green) and River Shirebourn.
For your chance to explore the areas that inspired Tolkien himself, take on the Tolkien Trail.
After your journey across Middle Earth you’re sure to have worked up an appetite, so make sure to join us for a bite to eat as you relax in our cosy country pub setting.