Wednesday, 17th November 2017

Walk: Balderstone Hall the River Ribble and Bezza House
Start Point: Huntley’s, A59, Samlesbury. PR5 0UN Grid Reference: SD 615 310
Distance: 5.5 miles Ascent: 250 feet
Time: 3 hours
Weather: Overcast

Thirty six people set off from Huntleys for a walk down to the River Ribble and back again. First stop was at Balderstone Hall where the owner confirmed the footpath used to ford the Ribble but, alas, no more. Second stop was at a “doer-upper” derelict farmhouse and barn with planning consent for 3 dwellings – a “bargain” at £1.2m including agricultural  land but, sadly, our whip round to buy it fell well short of this!  The route was by way of field paths, tracks and quiet lanes.  The area is in the Ribble Valley and extends from the A59 highway to the River Ribble.  Huntley’s coped very well with the thirty plus diners from the group.

The car park attendent at Huntleys

The venue

A different breed for these parts

A quiet lane in Balderstone

Nearly all of the group of thirty six

An unusual name - Bezza Brook is nearby

A quiet backwater but with plenty of information

A quick look at the River Ribble near to where there was at one time a crossing point

Yours for just over a million pounds

A prospective buyer maybe for this farm with planning permission for conversion

Green but wet underfoot

A break on the hill

A winter reflection

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