Wilpshire to Clitheroe 27-07-2018 – Leader Derek

Wilpshire to Clitheroe 27-07-2018 – Leader Derek

Well, we knew it was going to be hot, but not this hot, surely, as Roy’s car was showing 30ºC even on the way home!!  But we survived – just – thanks to considerate leader Derek taking a shorter and shadier route back into Clitheroe to keep the distance down to around 12 miles, give or take.  Eleven of us caught the bus from Clitheroe to Wilpshire, where we were joined by Rosemary and Ann, the latter taking the group photo, as she did not wish to appear upon it.  The walk featured big skies, lots of empty fields, and Pendle Hill for almost the whole walk.  If anyone tells me that England is full, I will just show them the pictures of this walk.

Derek mentioned that the walk would showcase the villages for which the Ribble Valley is famous, and soon after leaving Wilpshire, we arrived at  Copster Green, with its pleasant open aspect, and a local resident’s splendid vegetable garden.  Ann knew the gentleman, as this was very much her area.  Our first break was taken on a lovely grassy bank overlooking Ribchester and the redeveloped area of the De Tabley Arms, which we passed after the break.  After crossing the Ribble, we soon entered Hurst Green, with a few temptations:  the Shireburn Arms, to which Graeme nipped for a cheeky pint of cider; the bus to Clitheroe, which was considered but rejected; and Millie’s enormous mint choc chip ice creams, to which several succumbed – but NOT yours truly.  Whilst the rest were indulging, I managed to get a shot of a bride arriving – very nice.

After Hurst Green it was past Stonyhurst College, with its Tolkien connections (do come on my Tolkien Trail walk on 16 September to find out more).  As we were heading towards the college, we noticed the sensible sheep sheltering under the hedge; talk about mad dogs and Englishmen!!  Then it was literally hot foot towards Clitheroe across Edisford Bridge, where many families were enjoying the water – lucky people!  Along the way, Roy correctly identified an attractive wildflower as an Arum Lily – a very poisonous plant, as it turns out.  Then we arrived at Clitheroe, with the castle standing proudly above the town and the Apricot Meringue café waiting to look after us, which they did very well.  Thus ended an interesting, scenic and lovely walk, but one that could not end too soon, because of the excessive heat.  Thanks to Derek for the walk and the frequent stops for water, so that we did not get dehydrated.

PIcs & write up Arnold.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.

3 Comments

  1. Graeme Adlum

    Many thanks for yesterday’s walk Derek.

    It certainly was a hot one. I was incredibly thirsty last night!!

  2. Rosemary

    Thank you Derek for a great scenic walk in the Ribble Valley. You looked after us extremely well on a very hot day. Excellent write up & photos as usual by Arnold.

  3. Derek Tate

    Thanks yet again Arnold for both the photos and the write-up ~ much appreciated. Hope everyone has managed to cool down! Derek

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