Sunday, 11th December 2016

Walk: Tootle Height, Written Stone Lane, Springs Farm, Buckley Hall, Stydd, Ribchester, Singleton House, Pinfold, Elm House
Start Point: Corporation Arms, Longridge Grid Reference: SD 617 373
Distance: 8.5 miles Ascent: 780 feet
Time: 5.25 hours
Weather: Overcast but mild
Comments:

An 8 mile route had been planned with the option for a shorter walk for those who preferred an early return to the pub! Stopping at points of interest on the way we heard about the legends that had built up around The Written Stone, the originals of St Saviour's Church, Stydd, the actions of the residents to build a Centenary War Memorial and stopped to inspect The Granaries by the Parish Church.
On the whole the terrain was quite good and despite recent rain there were only a few muddy sections. The group that entered The Coproartion Arms looked quite different to the group that had arrived back at the cars a short time earlier, having made adjustements to clothing, etc. A good meal was enjoyed by all before making our way home after a very enjoyable day.

Gathering in the car park . . .

we make a colourful group at Tootle Height

Making our way through the woodland . . .

a footpath takes us to . . .

our elevenses spot where you can choose a tree trunk . . .

or a grass bank for your seat

A tricky stile and bank need some care

St Saviours Church, Stydd . . .

is mainly Norman in style . . .

and the original door leans on the North wall . . .

The entrance to the War Memorial . . .

completed in 2014 . . .

for the centenary of the start of the First World War

In the Millenium Garden two Bath stone panels . . .

stand opposite one another either side of the central path.

At the entrance to the playing fields a plaque provides more information . . .

and The Granaries are worthy of another stop

Alapacas seem to be . . .

quite nosy creatures

More 'Roman' Sculptures near Elm House

Looks like everyone . . .

has worked up a good appetite

Jim and Jeanette are pleased . . .

that all their organisation . . .

has enabled us all . . .

to enjoy a good meal

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