|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|
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