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A national walking magazine is asking Ribble Valley walkers for help in planning the next stage of a nationwide walking route.

Launched in the May issue of Country Walking Magazine, “Walk the Nation” is a bid to create Britain’s greatest-ever long-distance trail. It’s a bit like a chain letter; with each subsequent section decided by grass roots walkers.

The route started at the geographical centre point of the British Isles – the phone box at Dunsop Bridge – crossing the magnificent Bowland Fells to the village of Chipping.

The next section of the route runs from Chipping to Clitheroe, but where it goes to next is up to local walkers.

Country Walking editor Mark Sutcliffe said: “As well as being the centre of the kingdom, we chose to launch Walk the Nation in the Hodder Valley because of the fantastic walking country on offer.

“From Clitheroe, the walking options are deliciously varied: head west towards the Fylde plain and the coast beyond, climb Pendle Hill and over into the mill towns of the Lancashire/Yorkshire borders, or amble northeast along the River Ribble into the Dales and the spectacular walking country around the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

“We’d be interested to hear where local walkers think we should head next. You’re the experts, so it’s down to you!”

Recommendations for the next stage of the magazine’s “never ending journey should be posted to: Country Walking, Bauer Consumer Media, Media House, Lynchwood, Peterborough PE2 6EA, or emailed to: walkthenation@lfto.com

Mr Sutcliffe added: “Tell us a bit about yourself and where you walk and we’d also like a head and shoulders picture of you. And if we use your route, not only will you have the cachet of seeing your name in Britain’s favourite walking magazine, but we’ll also send you a fantastic prize of some top quality walking gear together with a totally unique framed copy of your page in Country Walking.”

To see the route so far, including full route description and maps, visit: www.lfto.com/walkthenation

You’ll also find more detailed advice on how to plan and submit an idea for Part 3.