Sunday, 30th August 2009


Walk: Marles Wood, Dinckley Bridge, Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, Ribble Way
Start Point: Marles Wood car park Grid Ref: SD 675 356
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Weather: A bright start but becoming dull later
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: A pleasant walk alongside the River Ribble to join the Ribble Way at Dinckley Bridge. Some difficulty approaching Cross Gills as a gate was impassable. A better route would be to carry on along the Ribble Way until the path past the ancient cross is reached - thus getting a closer look at the cross. The playground in Hurst Green made a good spot for 'elevenses' - it has been revamped since I was last here. The route leaving Hurst Green was difficult to follow due to new houses so I adapted the route. Some of the walk was made more difficult due to the 'lush' undergrowth that partly blocked the path - it would be better to do this walk in winter or spring!!


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It's easy to paddle when you are travelling downstream!


Dinckley Bridge which spans . . .


the River Ribble


An ancient cross at Cross Gills


Stonyhurst Cricket Ground . . .


and the college itself


The newly revamped playground in Hurst Green


Bailey Hall is in need of some attention!


A large footbridge . . .


crosses a small Starling Brook


More canoeists on the River Ribble


Look carefully to spot two men fishing - one in the water on the left and the other under the trees on the right

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