Long Preston Floodplain Project

Enhancing the important wet grassland habitats of the Ribble floodplain between Long Preston and Settle.

Visiting the Long Preston Deeps

Birdlife on the Long Preston floodplain

Situated to the west of the village of Long Preston and south of the town of Settle, the Long Preston floodplain area, known locally as Long Preston Deeps, covers approximately 766 hectares in the upper reaches of the River Ribble.

With its beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife and friendly local community the Long Preston area has lots to offer visitors, whether it’s a day out or you are planning a longer stay.

Virtual tour of Long Preston floodplain 

If you’re visiting please remember the Long Preston floodplain is on privately owned land and should only be accessed using the Public Rights of Way. Please respect the marked paths and follow the countryside code. Support our local businesses where you can.


View a map of the Long Preston Floodplain Project Trail for details of trails, bird hide, footpaths and amenities in the Long Preston floodplain area. A set of information boards highlight distinctive features of the area.  

Walks in and around the Long Preston area can also be found below

Help us to protect this special area and enable more people to discover it by taking part in our Survey


Bird hide on the Long Preston floodplain    Walking the Long Preston Floodplain trail    Birs watching at Long Preston Floodplain