Wednesday, 14th October 2009

             

            

 

Walk: River Ribble & Osbaldeston Hall, Oxendale Hall, Bowfields
Start Point: Lay-by on A59 near Huntleys Grid Reference: SD 618 311
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 600 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Dull with sunny spells and occasional light rain.
Comments: The group of 10 set off from the motel end of the lay-by along the lane to Rigby Fold and via several farms to Jackson Banks Road, before the descent to the River Ribble, and the permissive path round the loop of the river to Osbaldeston Hall. Then through wood and fields to Oxendale Hall, much renovated and developed, with its solid flock of sheep and sheep-dog. At Roberts House Farm however, were a live flock with a training session for the dog. It was then back round the fields, via Bowfields and the row of old cottages on Woods Brow with the footpath running through their back gardens, and back to Rigby Fold and the cars.

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Dorothy leads the group at the start

 

Rigby Fold

 

Over Bezza Brook and up to Pickering Fold Farm

 

Onto Woods Brow . . .

 

to Wilcock Farm

 

Through Mercifield Wood . . .

 

to Dobbridding Wood for a coffee stop

 

It's a steep drop down to the River Ribble . . .

 

where the fisherman gets his feet wet . . .

 

and the river widens out

 

Proud parents don't mind the rain

 

Osbaldeston Hall

 

Oxendale Hall and some stony inhabitants

 

A real live training session

 

Bowfields

 

Catch-up time

 

'1690' cottages with the footpath running through their back gardens

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