Sunday, 14th February 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Waddington, Ribble Way from Bradford Bridge to Eadsford Bridge, Bashall Hall
Start Point: Waddington car park Grid Reference: SD 727 439
Distance: 8.7 miles Ascent: 484 feet
Time: 4.9 hours    
Weather: Dry with sun to start but turning cloudy by mid morning.
Comments: From the car park at the recreation ground we made our way to the centre of Waddington before taking the road towards West Bradford. As we left the road through a farmyard we were surprised to see a two-seater Autogyro, being cleaned and polished. No lift available so we made our way down to the River Ribble on the north side, and along to the Bradford Bridge, to cross over to the south side before heading west along the Ribble Way. As we approached Brungerley Bridge there is a sculpture trail, but we had no idea what the two pillar shapes were supposed to be. On past Waddow Hall and the weir to Eadsford Bridge (Gothic Script on OS map) for lunch. From there it was past a series of farmsteads, the most impressive was Bashall Hall. It was rather muddy over the fields and tracks, and we were surprised that there were two footbridges that had been constructed by the Army. Two walkers who were not too sure of their route back to Waddington and were pleased to tag on and be led back joined us.

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Setting off from the car park

 

Regrouping in centre of Waddington

 

You are never lost in the Ribble Valley if you can see the Cement Works

 

No you can't tate the easy way

 

Into the boggy bit

 

Heading east along R. Ribble to

 

Bradford Bridge

 

Coffee stop as we head west along R. Ribble . . .

 

and a duck entertains us

 

  Otter

 

But what could this be?

 

And who is this?

 

Tree with a short back and sides, and front.

 

And another what is it?

 

Dorothy leads

 

Brungerley Bridge

 

Waddow Hall

 

Weir at Waddow Hall

 

Lunch at Eadsford Bridge

 

Looking over Clitheroe with the Castle dwarfed by Pendle

 

Approaching . . .

 

Bashall Hall

 

Through Cow Hey

 

A military facility?

 

Just a footbridge which the two Sheilas ignore

 

Back into Waddington . . .

 

and past the Lower Buck

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