Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Walk: Lambing Clough, Hey Hurst, Dewhurst House, Bailey Hall, Merrick’s Hall and Hurst Green
Start Point: Bayley Arms, Hurst Green Grid Reference: SD 684 381
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 700 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Frosty start with bright sunshine.  A cool start but there was a shedding clothes part way round.

Twenty nine mature people and five young people took part in this circular undulating walk in the Ribble Valley.  The weather was very kind and the scenery at its autumn best.  Some of the paths were a little muddy but caused no problems.  It was intended to use Dinckley Bridge to cross the River Ribble but it was damaged in recent floods and is closed awaiting repairs or renewal.  An alternative route was taken using the Ribble Way as far as Dewhurst House.  Lunch was taken at the Bayley Arms.  Dictionary definition of Hurst: a wood; a grove; a sand bank

Leaving the Bayley Arms

Hurst Green

Notice of the closure of Dinckley Bridge

On the Ribble Way - an alternative to Dinckley Bridge

Un zip a banana time

Haugh Wood on the Ribble Way

A slippery slope

Trainee leaders

Five young walkers with the leader

On a track alongside Clough Bank Wood

Descending to Starling Brook

How now brown cow

A shaggy cow . . .

and one with horns

A dual carriageway

A friendly horse

Keeping in step

Shire Lane

The Dene - name of the lane

First down and then up . . .

to reach The Bayley Arms

Not too tired to play after a five and half mile walk

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