Wednesday, 21st April 2010




Walk: Studlehurst, Burr Green, R. Ribble, Osbaldeston Hall, Osbaldeston Green.
Start Point: Bay Horse, Longsight Road. Grid Reference: SD 646 317
Distance: 6 miles Ascent: 430 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Wall to wall sunshine with a cool breeze.

Osbaldeston is named after the Osbaldeston family which is thought to be one of the oldest families in Lancashire. “According to the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870 -72), Osbaldeston is a township in Blackburn parish, Lancashire; near the River Ribble, 4¼ miles NW by N of Blackburn.  Acres; 980.  Real property; £1,248.00.  Population, 238.  Houses, 49.  There is a RC Chapel.”  Present day, some of the properties in Osbaldeston must be in the million pounds each category and £1,248.00 wouldn’t pay for the security gates.

This walk was to have taken place earlier in the year but had to be postponed because of snow and ice. However, on this sunny spring day twenty five people and a leader walked through the peaceful backwater of Osbaldeston.  With field paths dry underfoot and not a cloud in the sky the group tramped over fields, tracks and lanes.  The cows were out after their winter confinement leaving tell tale patterns in the newly grown grass and, occasionally lambs could be seen gambolling in the fields.  Above, jets soared to destinations afar. (This, being the first day that aircraft were allowed into the skies again after the Icelandic volcanic ash fall out).  The trees were pushing out bright green foliage whilst the Blackthorn blossom adorned the hedge rows. The group were impressed by the number of large houses with fine grounds and camera surveillance.  Oh! What a joy to be in England now that spring is here.  Thank you leader!


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Leaving Commons Lane . . .


for a field path


Three young ladies admire a stile . . .


but Sue and Vera leap over . . .


and Joan takes it in her stride


An impressive dwelling


Brian explains about the route to the River Ribble


The trees burst into leaf as the group waits to cross the stile


Another stile


What are Elizabeth and Ann up to?


Taking shelter from a cold breeze


Di unzips her banana


Please may I have some coffee?


Terry scrutinizes the energy content of Lucozade


Pendle Hill beyond Osbaldeston Hall


Hothersall Hall (across the River Ribble)


Osbaldeston Hall


Ascending from Osbaldeston Hall


The church at Ribchester across the unseen River Ribble


Country Maids


Poor Duck (metal)


Blackthorn in blossom


Sheep on the lawn


Off to Robert's House


A bit of colour

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