331 Ribchester

The Romans knew it as Bremetennacum veteranorum - quite a mouthful! But even the modern name Ribchester links with those times for it simply means Ribble Castle. With its garrison of 500 cavalrymen the fort stood at the intersection of two important Roman Roads and over the centuries countless relics have been unearthed. Certainly the finest is the Parade Helmet and although the original is in the British Museum, a convincing replica has pride of place in Ribchester's Roman Museum.

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LOCATION: Eight miles east of Preston
START: Ribchester Roman Museum car park, signed from B6245, toilets Grid ref: SD650349 Postcode: PR3 3XS

DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
GRADE: Moderate, but some muddy fields
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - West Pennine Moors Landranger 102
NOTE: Museum open every day
EN ROUTE: Stydd, River Ribble, Buckley, Ribble Way

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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