|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|
|Weather:||Overcast but mild|
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.
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