Sunday, 18th October 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Bolton by Bowland, Sawley & Abbey ruin, Gisburn Bridge, Fooden & Bolton Hall & Park
Start Point: Bolton-by-Bowland car park Grid Reference: SD 784 493
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 830 feet
Time: 5.5 hours    
Weather: Dull with some light rain
Comments: From Bolton by Bowland we followed the footpath over the fields crossing the Skirden Beck and along the cone marked path away from the River Ribble to Sawley where we had a coffee stop to see the ruins of the 1147 Cistercian Abbey. The Ribble Way (which no longer follows the river) took us to the Gisburn Bridge, to cross the Ribble. A road walk took us to Park House Farm, where some of us bought some free range eggs, and took to the fields past the free range hens. On to Fooden a small hamlet of a farm, cottages and renovated barns. Can never quite make out what/where the access route is? Then on to Bolton Hall and the Drive through the parkland back into Bolton by Bowland.

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We were told to follow the farmer's cones . . .

 

and we did!

 

Coffee at Sawley Abbey

 

Gentlemen forwards . . .

 

Ladies backwards!

 

Another King trying to pull out excalibur

 

It started to mizzle

 

Rejoining the original Ribble Way after the diversion

 

Wet lunch break near Gisburn

 

The Scream near Bolton Hall

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