Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Walk: Elmridge, Crow Trees Farm, Dog & Partridge (pub), Knott Farm, Little Town Farm
Start Point: Ferrari's Restaurant Grid Reference: SD 604 396
Distance: 5.25 miles Ascent: 300 feet
Time: 3 hours    
Weather: Bright sunshine with a slight cool breeze. A pleasant winters day
Comments: Un-deterred by a road diversion near to the venue, thirty-eight people took part in this the traditional Christmas Meal Walk. Fortunately the sun shone throughout the duration of the walk. Alas, recent rains left some muddy patches for the group to tip toe through. Unfortunately however, someone who usually manages to keep spotless returned with rather muddy white socks. Whilst the group trekked through some gorse bushes on the route, two wild deer kept observations on them, but they soon got bored and sped off to pastures new. Returning through Little Town Farm some of Santa's Deputies could be seen 'supping tea' in the sunshine. On closer examination it turned out that it was people taking part in the longer version of the Christmas Meal Walk. They weren't Santa's Deputies at all. On the return down the drive to Ferrari's the group were serenaded with carols by two of the young ladies taking part in the walk. One of the ladies incidentally, had lovely muddy socks. The meal and service at Ferrari's was excellent and thanks go to the organiser.

Scroll down to see photos of the short walk, the long walk and the meal

Short walk

The party leaving Ferrari's at the start of the walk


A little mist at first . . .


but the sun burnt it off


The obligatory farm yard mud


Some of the thirty-eight walkers on the Christmas Meal walk


Two observers . . .


but not for long


Fighting a battle with some gorse . . .


but still smiling


Catching up time


The steepest part of the walk


Over the bridge and . . .


up the other side


Mince pie time


Diversification - Ewe should try it sometime - the milk


Only four more fields to cross before it's turkey and pudding time


Another muddy track - but it is winter after all


Who can these people be . . .


Why! It's the eight mile walkers taking tea in the sun


Jeanette - with muddy white socks - leads the carol singing on the return to Ferrari's


In the grounds of Ferrari's Restaurant


Long Walk

Let's go


Jacob's sheep


What's a little bit of mud


Al and Paco


Misty over Longridge Fell


Coffee time


Leaving Gibbon Bridge Hotel


Stained glass panel at Giles Farm


John tackles an awkward stile . . .


but happily


Still misty


Calf hutch


A nice cuppa at Little Town Dairy


Nice and sunny as we get back


A well deserved meal

Anyone for water?


Table five


Table three


More diners


The bar was busy too!


Making new friends


Table one


Table two


Table four


Get ahead, get a hat


Terry - the meal organiser - and Diane his wife


It's all smiles at this table


Madam Butterfly - the uninvited guest


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