Wednesday, 19th May 2010


Walk: Bradford Bridge, Ribble Way, Grindleton Fell, West Bradford Fell, Drake House, Pillings, Ribble Way
Start Point: Bradford Bridge Grid Ref: SD 745 439
Distance: 9.6 miles Ascent: 1,060 feet
Weather: Dry and overcast but warm
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: A pleasant path took me along the Ribble Way before heading north through fields and along tracks to Grindleton Plantation. At this point I decided to extend the walk by taking the inviting path into the trees. A clear path led to a second set of stone pillars but the surroundings soon changed from mature trees to cleared fell side to an area filled with young trees. Following a wide track I made my way through more woodland to emerge near Bradford Fell. I then made my way over West Bradford Fell to Drake House. from here I skirted Drakehouse Brook then made my way down to the River Ribble, and a short walk back to the bridge.


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Walking along the Ribble Way it looks like stepping stones ahead . . .


but I think the middle section would cause problems if you tried to cross them


A grey heron takes a break on the rocks


A peaceful summer scene . . .


and another one - with a host of bluebells


A peacock butterfly


Some 'serious' looking gate posts signal a way into Grindleton Plantation . . .


and more are found inside the plantation


At the high point of Grindleton Fell new trees abound . . .


but I wonder how long it will take for them to grow to this size?


Emerging from the plantation . . .


I head down past Fell Side - in need of a little TLC


Drakehouse Brook


And back along the Ribble Way to Bradford Bridge

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