Wednesday, 27th June 2018

Walk: Ribchester Arms, Stydd Valley, Duddel Brook, Panstones Farm, Three Turns, Grindlestone House Farm, along Starling Brook. Then return via Stewart Wood and meet Ribble Way at Dewhurst House.
Start Point: Ribchester Arms, PR3 3ZP Grid Reference: SD 652 354 
Distance: 4.5 miles Ascent: 450 feet
Time: 2.25 hours
Weather: Glorious sunshine with thankfully a light breeze.  Temperatures over 25ºc towards end of walk.
Comments:

28 people met on the car park of the Ribchester Arms on another gloriously sunny day.  Extra water was issued to all walkers as the leader thought they would need it.  Jane arranged to do a shorter walk with four members of the group and delayed their departure so as not to confuse the main group.
We set off up the Stydd Valley noting the wonderful historic buildings, St. Saviours Church and St. Peter and Pauls RC Church, built like a barn to disguise its true purpose.  The Alms Houses at Stydd always attract attention. 
We crossed meadowland towards the Duddel Brook Valley and its welcome shade in the woods there, thankful for the insect repellent we had dowsed ourselves with beforehand.  A steady climb brought us out into the open again where we headed for Gallows Lane and Panstones Farm.  We headed north up the road to Three Turns and had a break by the roadside, some taking shade in the bus shelter.  The defunct telephone kiosk would soon be totally overgrown.
The next part of the walk was down a tarmacked narrow road to Grindlestone Farm along the line of Starling Brook.  The footpath to Stewarts Wood proved difficult to follow at times, so gps devices and Des’s memory were brought into action.  The leader was reminded to follow the white arrows!
The group gathered at Dewhursts Farm, on the Ribble Way, where an announcement was made that members could either keep to the road or take a ‘stylish’ walk back to the pub.  Most decided on the latter and queued up nicely, in true English fashion, to negotiate the first stile, a very difficult one.  Ten stiles later (all easy ones) we arrived very warm and tired back at the pub, for  the arranged time of 1 pm. 

  The meals were served very quickly, many having opted for the Chicken and Bacon Salad!  Many commented that the food was delicious.  Thank you Ribchester Arms for your generous hospitality

Departing The Ribchester Arms for Stydd

Three of the youngsters who took part in a shorter walk

Alms Houses at Stydd

Crossing a hay meadow on the way to Duddel Wood

In the shade of Duddel Wood

Leaving Duddel Wood to admire the garden at Panstones Farm

Don't call us & we can't call you -
defunct telephone booth at Three Turns

Approaching Stewarts Wood - not walk organiser Stewart

Winter fuel for warmth - today was around 28 degrees

A water break at Dewhust House

Behind this recycled timber is a hidden stile

Queuing in style for a stile

The Backmarker negotiating a tricky stile

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