Wednesday, 25th August 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Ribby Hall, Halls Woods, Kirkham Camp (HMP), Hill Farm, Prospect Farm, Green Valley Farm, Bryning-with-Kellamergh, New House Farm & Moss Side Lane.
Start Point: The Grapes, Wrea Green Grid Reference: SD 397 316
Distance: 5.7 miles Ascent: 210 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: A pleasant warm and sunny day.
Comments: Wrea Green was known as “Wray” up until the late nineteenth century. The village became known as “Wrea Green” to avoid confusion with Wray, near Hornby. The parish of Ribby- with-Wrea consisted of Ribby (The agricultural area) and Wray (The village). Both names are of Norse origin, Ribby (Rigbi) meaning “Ridge Settlement” and Wray (Vrai) meaning “Corner Nook”. The local duck pond is known as “The Dub”, a term which probably derives from the word daub. Cottagers dug for daub and later clay to make their houses. More information can be found on the internet site: www.wreagreen.com

30 people attended the walk. Edith our leader chose a good day weather wise, the warm sun making a change from the recent wind and rain. Leaving the village by a path to the north of St Nicholas Church the route then joined Ribby Road. Having walked east along the road for a short distance, the route then headed north for three fields before turning east towards Stable Wood and then re-joined Ribby Road near to Ribby Hall Leisure Centre. Joining the A 583 Preston/Blackpool road the group passed a floral approach to Kirkham before re-crossing the A583 to then skirt the perimeter of Kirkham Prison on the way to Halls Woods. Passing through horse country we arrived at Hill Farm and took a coffee break in the glorious sunshine. Here, one of the group of thirty-two took advantage and sun worshipped in style on a stile (see photograph). Having quenched thirsts the group then fought their way through a jungle, well a field of very tall maize, before continuing through Bryning-with-Kellamergh to pass New House Farm. Leaving Bryning Hall Lane the group headed in the direction of Moss Side Lane using a path and track that nature was trying to reclaim. On reaching Moss side Lane they returned to “The Grapes” by way of the picturesque “Green” and “The Dub” for a well earned lunch. Ken, one of our regular walkers, was accompanied by two of his seven year old grandsons, Matthew and Adam. They appeared to enjoy the walk, especially when allowed to get a bit muddy and to catch amphibians in the grass.
 

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Ribby

 

A floral approach to Kirkham

 

Nearly Elderberry wine-making time

 

Plenty of rose hips

 

A puddled leafy lane off the A583

 

Time to get the Jam Pan out

 

On the way to Halls Wood

 

Ken assisting his grandchildren

 

Sun worshipping in style on a stile

 

Edith leading her guests

 

Many gates . . .

 

and stiles

 

Men leading the way through the jungle . . .

 

followed by young ladies

 

Wildlife on display

 

Nature reclaiming the path

 

St Nicholas Church from The Green

 

Leisure time at The Dub

 

Time for lunch

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