Wednesday, 20th July 2011

   

            

 

Walk: Parsonage Farm, Lord’s Farm, Frances Green (Site of former hospital), Lower Cockhill Farm, Eatoughs Farm, Red Bank, Boat House, Lower Barn, Roman Bath and Bremetennacvm (Roman Fort)
Start Point: Ribchester Arms, Ribchester Grid Reference: SD 652 354
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 280 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Overcast but dry. Cool for July
Comments: Forty two people ambled round the route on field paths and tracks through mainly pasture land with the usual inquisitive cattle and horses. From Bremetennacvm (Ribchester) there was a gradual ascent in the general direction of Longridge. At Frances Green the group joined the Ribchester/Longridge road at the site of a former hospital for a few yards before heading for Eatoughs Farm and then a gradual descent to Red Bank and the River Ribble. The group returned to Ribchester along a riverside track passing a property known as “Boat House”. Could there have been a ferry crossing at one time to Osbaldeston on the opposite bank of the Ribble? Also in Ribchester there are the remains of a Roman bath house. It was a little too cool to take a dip but fortunately there was no water in sight. A nice walk with a nice meal at the Ribchester Arms. Thank you leader and back marker(s).

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Ups . . .

 

and downs

 

Part of the motley crowd

 

Alan makes friends with a young lady

 

Stuart tries his hand at being a cow

 

Down to the River Ribble

 

The Ribble at Ribchester

 

Ribchester's parish church of St Wilfred

 

A bit too cold for a dip in the Roman Baths at Ribchester

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