Sunday, 9th December 2018

Walk: River Hodder, Lower Hodder Bridge, Bradhurst Farm, Stoneyhurst College, Birdy Brow, Ryddings Farm, River Hodder
Start Point: Higher Hodder Bridge Grid Reference: SD 697 411
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: A dry sunny morning remaining for the rest of walk.

10 walkers set out from Higher Hodder Bridge and dropped down onto the footpath following the edges of the River Hodder. This footpath would take us all the way to meet Lower Hodder Bridge and the now unused Cromwell’s Bridge.Turning right, taking a short roadway walk, we turned right again to climb up to Bradhurst Farm. More roadway, we set our line to Stoneyhurst College, and a circuit of the College buildings and playing fields. Passing the front entrance of the College we headed towards Stoneyhurst Golf Course which we had to pass through and on into woodland and our exit onto Birdy Brow. After a good distance on Birdy Brow we eventually turned right onto a footpath passing Ryddings Farm. It was then on into woodland paths and a route down to the River Hodder again. Retracing our steps out we arrived back at the start on Higher Hodder Bridge. A great days walking thank you to Dorothy and Rodger.

The Leader explains the walk

Off we go

Over the Hodder

One of the many bridge crossings

A Memorial Cross above the river

Coffee stop

Cromwell’s Bridge

Climbing up to Bradhurst Farm

Not an easy stile to cross

Stoneyhurst College

Across Stoneyhurst Golf Course

Where are you lot from???

Lunch stop

Down Birdy Brow

Back to the start

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