We missed a week last Monday as her mum was on holiday, but we were joined by Isabella at a couple of Wythenshawe parkruns, so here she is, watching the runners and playing in the leaves with Grandma Sue.
Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Wednesday, 1 March 2023
Tuesday, 28 February 2023
We were supposed to go up the OMC today, but cold weather and low cloud (and a dose of old age on my part) made me wimp out of that idea in favour of a low level walk by the River Ribble. Don and Liz, not to mention Sue, would have been up for the OMC trip, but that will have to wait. Postponed. Not cancelled.
So we met up in Hurst Green and set off down Lambing Clough Lane. "My old boss lives somewhere near here" quipped Sue. A car drew up behind us in the narrow lane, waiting patiently for a passing opportunity. Drawing up alongside, the driver's window wound down. "Hello Sue" - it was the aforementioned Ashley. We were virtually outside her house. We'll call in when Sue and I repeat the excellent Longridge Fell walk.
Soon we reached a splendid new footbridge spanning the River Ribble. Storm Desmond wrecked the old bridge in 2015, and it took four years to provide this replacement, which uses the original bridge's support pillars, raised by two metres in an effort to avoid a repeat of earlier flood destruction.
Here's the route we took. It would be a nice one to do in spring when the bluebells and wild garlic proliferate in the woodland before the trees are fully in leaf. It's about 10km with just 150 metres ascent. It took us rather less than 3 hours.
Friday 31 March 2023
Barrowford and Foulridge - a 15km circuit from Pendle Heritage Centre, Barrowford (SD 862 397). Meet at 10am. There's a car park next to the Heritage Centre.
This is Walk 27 in Mark Sutcliffe's Cicerone guide - Walking in