Clitheroe 19-11-2017 – Leader Derek

Clitheroe 19-11-2017 – Leader Derek

On a morning with a bright and crisp forecast, the world, his wife, his dog, his kids. and 12 Rossie Ramblers were determined to get out there and enjoy themselves, and that’s exactly what we did.  It was lovely to see Martin again, who – in his own words – had turned up to collect his non-attendance trophy for 2017!  Graeme brought marathon runner Charlotte along – nice to see her, to see her nice.  From the car park we headed west through a pleasant newish housing development and then across the fields (encountering some early mud) to the banks of the River Ribble, with Waddow Hall in sight on the other side.  Derek gave us a good rundown on the history of the hall, which you can read by clicking the link.  Then it was along the river on the Ribble Way, with perfect reflections, as you will see.

This brought us to Brungerley Bridge, and over the road to join the Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail, with an eclectic selection of pieces – and poems, some of which Jacquie read to us.  Along the trail, we passed the disused Cross Hill Quarry, with a very interesting display of (so Derek told us) red moss on the quarry walls.  Still on the Ribble Way, we followed the river north to Bradford Bridge, which was closed to traffic, though nobody knew why.  Here we crossed the river and turned south over the fields to our break in a field, with expansive views of the fields, the big sky, and Castle Cement!

After the break it was back down to Brungerley and into the Waddow Hall estate, with beautiful autumn colours in some specimen trees.  Then it was back to our starting point via an interesting deconsecrated church building, with 1892 UMFC on the pediment, which Derek discovered means United Methodist Free Church.  We finished a few minutes early, and – according to Derek – having covered a perfect 6 miles!  Well, I will give the walk a perfect 10, as it could not have been better, so many thanks to Derek and the assembled company for making it so.

(Pics & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

1 Comment

  1. Graeme Adlum

    A very pleasant Sunday walk in ideal conditions. Thank you Derek.

    Many thanks to everyone who made Charlotte so welcome.

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