Ribchester Sunday 30th November 2008

Today’s Walks

Strenuous Leader: Rowland Nock     Distance: 11 miles

From the car park we head off towards the River Ribble via the Roman Museum and the church. We then take a circular route round Ribchester gaining height all the time, giving splendid views of the Ribble Valley. We then head off in a north-easterly direction towards our highest point Crowshaw Lodge (reservoir) via Duddel Wood, Dutton Hall and Hudd Lee Wood. We then slowly descend to the beautiful banks of the River Ribble via the village of Hurst Green. From here we will pick up the ‘Ribble Way’ which will then take us back to Ribchester via the Roman Baths, for some tea and tiffin.
Can I please ask you to bear in mind that when I planned this walk there were some very muddy places with the ground being wet and slippy generally. This type of terrain can be tiring. Good waterproof boots are essential, preferably with gaiters. I do not want to put anyone off, but can I ask you to bear my comment in mind carefully before you join this walk.

Moderate Leader: Peter Denton     Distance: 8 miles

After leaving Ribchester by way of Stonebridge, we pick up the ‘Ribble Way’ for approx. 1 mile; we then head into the countryside. This walk is a ramble through all manner of terrain, through woodland, across little streams, over stiles, up and over hills. If we get lucky we may be able to find some mud to fill our boots. Then back to a local hostelry for refreshment and a tall tale of how the adventure, led by a virgin leader, did unfold.

Leisurely Leader: Derek Lee     Distance : 7 miles

This walk takes us north west from Ribchester over field paths and hard surfaces via Parsonage Farm and Lower Cockhill Farm to Alston Reservoirs, before we turn down Hathersall Lane to join the Ribble Way at Hathersall Lodge Outdoor Centre for a riverside walk back to Ribchester. Most of the ascent of nearly 500 feet is a very gradual gradient, but also very muddy.

Easy Leader: Sue Daniels     Distance: 4-5 miles

I have not been able to recce the walk but I intend taking us on a short amble of around 4-5 miles, and then strolling around Ribchester’s Roman Fort, Bathhouse and Museum. As usual there will also be time to sample the local delights in the tearooms.