Sunday, 18th November 2018

Walk: River Ribble, Dinkley Hall, Brockhall Farm, River Ribble, Aspinalls Farm, Copster Green
Start Point: Marles Wood Car Park, Salesbury Grid Reference: SD 676 357 
Distance: 9.2 miles Ascent: 800 feet
Time: 5.5 hours
Weather: A dry morning remaining for the rest of walk.
Comments: 13  walkers set out from the Marles Wood Car Park where we dropped down to the edges of the River Ribble. The riverside path took us all the way to the now new Dinkley Bridge still under construction. This new bridge replaced the old suspension bridge which was dammaged during storm Desmond. On up from the bridge passing Dinkley Hall and Cravens, coffee was at the old farm ruins at Cravens. After coffee we followed a fenced path to eventually reach Brockhall Farm, and down to a track which passed the entrance to Blackburn Rovers training ground. Our route then took us back to follow the Ribble once again and passed in front of the splendid Hacking Hall. A mile on we stopped for some lunch at the junction of Old Lango Road where the drive to Hacking Hall met.  After lunch it was roadway to take us into Brockhall Village and past St Leonards Church. Up to The Black Bull Pub turning right we dropped down to cross Dinkley Brook and up the other side we headed for Aspinalls Farm. Turning left after the farm we crossed several open fields eventually arriving at Wardfall. Another climb took us up to meet a farm path coming out onto the A59 and a turn right to take us into Copster Green. Through the centre of the small village of Copster Green we made a heading along farm tracks to cross 2 field footpaths and a long descent to take us into Marles Wood and our exit onto Ribchester road and a turning right back to the car park

Everyone is ready

Down to the River Ribble

The new Dinkley Bridge

Following the fenced path . . .

to our coffee stop

Lunch by the wall

St Leonards Church Old Lango

Crossing Dinkley Brook

Steady climb up from Dinkley Brook

Another crossing at Wardfall

Out of Copster Green

Back to the car park

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