Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Walk: Knowles Plantation, Mill Brook, Ribble Way, Howick Cross farm and Blashaw Wood
Start Point: Anchor Inn, Hutton Grid Reference: SD 499 268
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 200 feet
Time: 2.5 hours
Weather: Heavy rain, no rain, fine rain and heavy rain

A disappointing turnout because of a little drop of rain.  Five people, including Peter and Brian, braved a little inclement weather to walk the circular route.  First they passed through a small housing estate to reach Ratten Lane, and then took a field path to reach Mill Brook.  They then followed the brook through a canopy of trees to where the brook discharged into the River Ribble.  Joining the Ribble Way they then headed upstream to pass through a riverside field which contained, what appeared to be about a thousand sheep. (They tried to count them but fell asleep).  Shortly after passing the sheep the small party left the Ribble Way using a path to Howick Cross Farm.  At the farm they then headed for Blashaw Wood, using a stile that had been repaired by one of the party the day before.  Having left the wood they then joined the A59 Liverpool Road, in heavy rain, to reach the Anchor Inn where they enjoyed a good meal at a reasonable price. NB. A couple of hours later the sun was shining!

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