Hurst Green 09-07-2017 Leader Tom

Hurst Green 09-07-2017  Leader Tom
An elite group of 4 turned up in Hurst Green on a rather overcast morning and after asking a passing boy to take a pic, we set off towards the river bemoaning the fact that we couldn’t cross it, and haven’t been able to since the floods of Dec 2015. As a consequence, we were forced to leave the path taking us to join the Ribble Way at Lambing Clough, and set off across the fields to rejoin it near Haugh Wood. We were accompanied by lots of horse flies and there was the merest hint of rain, but that cleared and we found a nice spot to stop for elevenses at the bend in the river.  Linda and Roy sat on a dead log, but when Linda stood up, Roy was tipped in a heap for his first topple of the day – fortunately with no ill effects..
We continued to Lower Dutton where we passed a beautiful garden which has been part of the National Garden Scheme for a number of years. Sadly, it isn’t open this year, but the friendly owner said his biggest problem was the local deer eating his roses!  We wandered through more fields disturbing mice, and other creatures, until we picked up a path into Roy’s Anemone Woods (don’t forget this next Spring), whence came topples 2 and 3, and continued to a stop for lunch in a field by Manor House Farm.
We discovered that both Roy and Tom are cow whisperers.  The cows which had been happily munching grass in a corner of the field decided to take a look in our sandwich boxes. Clearly  intrigued by Roy’s beetroot, they continued to drool at his lunch even after we moved to a safer position.
Finally free of flies, we continued through fields in which farmers were working hard to cut the grass and collect it for silage. The sun even came out, but the afternoon was muggy, and it was sticky going. As we’d not covered the distance we should have done by this time, we decided to cut the walk short and finish on the road to Stoneyhurst. We wanted to reach the café before it closed, and Linda had to go to Blackpool to pick up David after his charity bike ride which had finished at 1 o’clock!
We stood for a while to examine Pinfold Cross, a rather gloomy memorial to James Wells, a former employee of Stonyhurst who fell in a nearby quarry, possibly after a night’s drinking.  Stonyhurst was the site of many events, most notably linked to Oliver Cromwell and JR Tolkein, but trivially it was a location for the film Three Men and a Little Lady.
9.78 miles (it’s a good job we cut the walk short!), and we’d forgotten the horse flies and two still had time to admire the BRAskets in the main street.
(Write up and pics: G n T)
Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here

1 Comment

  1. Arnold

    Good pics & write up. I especially liked the braskets!

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