Wednesday, 29th April 2009

             

            

 

Walk: Stydd, Duddle Hill 125m, Duddle Valley, Dutton Hall, Starling Brook and return along Ribble Way.
Start Point: Ribchester Arms Grid Reference: SD 653 354
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: A beautifully sunny day, quite warm.
Comments: A large group walked today, 40 in the main group and 3 took a shorter walk. The walk took us out of Ribchester via Stydd with its historical buildings: the late 16th Century R.C. Barn Church of St. Peter and Paul, built in 1789 when it was illegal for Catholics to hold services, so it was disguised as a barn adjacent to Stydd Lodge. It was extended and re-opened in 1877 and is the oldest church building in the Salford Diocese; the Almshouses; and the ancient church of St. Saviour. We continued on a gradual ascent up to the summit of Duddle Hill, easily identified with its telecommunications mast. We retraced our steps down to the Duddle Brook and crossed over it via two foot bridges. Here the party had a problem as a gap had developed and the walkers were not aware of the space behind them and so the rear group didnít know which way the party had gone!! I think they followed the noise to find the right way! We all gathered together again at Dutton Hall. What a beautiful 16th Century building that is and fully renovated and inhabited. It is a picture. We crossed the fields towards Grindlestone House (noisy dogs) and followed the private tarmaced road until we reached the Ribble Way and made our way back to Ribchester through pretty woodland, along side the Ribble, with many flowers out, especially bluebells. Instead of following the main road back to the village we cut across the fields. I think the general consensus was that a few more stiles were preferable to walking along the main Blackburn Road. Although a bit longer than normal, it was such a beautiful day nobody seemed to mind. The Ribchester Arms coped admirably with two large walking groups and our lunches, excellent food, were served very promptly.

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The group gathers at the start point

 

Stydd Lane

 

Alms Houses

 

Catholic Church, Stydd

 

I hope this well isn't the main source of water for the Alms Houses!

 

St Saviour's Church, Stydd

 

Field track, Stydd

 

Mum is very proud of her offspring

 

Heading for Duddle Hill . . .

 

and it looks a bit crowded at the top . . .

 

so we continue on our way

 

Footbridge over Duddle Brook

 

Which way did they go?

 

Bluebells near Duddle Brook . . .

 

make a fine display

 

Regroup at Dutton Hall . . .

 

with its immaculate gardens

 

Time for . . .

 

a coffee stop

 

Crossing the field a herd of cows . . .

 

take a close look at us

 

Heading down to the Ribble . . .

 

and through the trees . . .

 

where the garlic is in full bloom

 

Boots off time!

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