Friday, 10th January 2020

Walk: Stonyhurst College, Hall Barn Farm, Fox Fields, Jumbles, Ribble & Calder confluence, Hodder & Ribble confluence, Winckley Hall, Lower Hodder Bridge, Cromwells Bridge, Ribble Way, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst College
Start Point: Hurst Green Village Hall car park Grid Reference: SD 684 382 
Distance: 7.6 miles Ascent: 550 feet
Time: 3.45 hours
Weather: A cold day with sunny spells
Comments: This walk was adapted to miss the really boggy bits but that meant a little more road walking than usual. An enjoyable day with easy walking.

Walking beside the River Ribble the Jumbles rocks . . .

provide a good spot for elevenses

The River Ribble on the left is joined by the River Calder on the right then . . .

further upstream the River Hodder on the left joins the River Ribble

The Lower Hodder Bridge sits parallel to . . .

Cromwell's Bridge which was built in 1562. Legend has it that Cromwell used it during his march from Skipton to intercept the Royalists at the Battle of Preston in 1648.

Marie checks out the new bridge from the old one . . .

which doesn't look wide enough to march troops across

Hodder Place, standing on the banks of the River Hodder,
dates back to 1780 and was the home of a cotton mill owner. A more recent incomer stands guard over the garden.

St Peter's RC Church, a part of Stonyhurst College

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