Wednesday, 20th January 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Ribchester start, Kellets Farm, Knowle Green,, Duddle Farm and Stydd before arriving back in Ribchester
Start Point: Ribchester Arms Grid Reference: SD 652 354
Distance: 5.1 miles Ascent: 500 feet
Time: 2.75 hrs    
Weather: A grey overcast day, with a promise of rain/snow, but it remained cold but fine throughout. The wind was fortunately less strong than forecast.
Comments: Thirty-one walkers ventured out today, to what turned out to be the first Wednesday walk of the New Year! The snowmelt run off had subsided so crossing steams was not the problem it could have been and the fields werenít water logged although a bit boggy in places. The subsoil was still a bit frozen so the walking was relatively easy. We had a steady climb northwards, up hill, crossing fields and going over several stiles and through open gates, to Kellets Farm. This was to be the planned coffee break but the fit ones ensured we walked at a good pace and we got there too early. Coffee was taken in the car park of Knowle Green Church, which was devoid of seats, but at least it was off the road. We then walked along the main road for about a kilometre, before turning off to Duddle Farm. This was where some of the group made a diversion around a barn to avoid going through deep slurry! Allowed? The walk down the hill was uneventful and we had sufficient time for some walkers to investigate the ancient St. Saviourís Church, whilst some cleaned their boots whilst they waited. We arrived back at the Ribchester Arms about 1 pm. They were so efficient at serving the excellent food that many of us were ready to leave by 1.30 pm. Many of the walkers commented that they had enjoyed the walk and it was long enough after having had an enforced break from walking over Christmas and the New Year.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Leaving the Ribchester Arms

 

Ann, our leader (under the blue hat)

 

Catching up!

 

Lady feeding hens at Kelletts Farm (New dress since 2nd December 2009

 

Brian and John have a chat at a stile

 

Knowle Green Church. Some get a seat . . .

 

and some don't!

 

Vera, in a hurry through the slurry on Duddle Hill

 

Down Hill to Stydd

 

Feeding time for expectant sheep

 

Awaiting those who chose to clean their boots

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