Hurst Green, Lancashire.

 

June's coach ramble was to the village of Hurst Green in Lancashire.  Peter Wilson led the eigth mile walk, which started from the War Memorial.  We passed the Shireburn Almshouses (although built in 1706 they have only been in there current location since about 1946) we continued up the main drive to Stonyhurst College before entering the grounds of Stonyhurst Park Golf Course.  After a stretch of boggy woodland we made our way to the hamlet of Kemple End, on this section of the walk we encountered strong winds but superb views over the Ribble valley and beyond.  We then came to the hardest part of the walk, the climb to Longridge Fell.  Here we had lunch before descending through a cleared section of woodland to Crowshaw House, continuing through open countryside with lots of yellow gorse to Greengore.  A bridleway led us back to Hurst Green crossing a single span stone bridge over the Dean Brook, which then provided us with a riverside walk which ended at the almshouses.

As the local cafe was closed liquid refreshment was obtained at the Shireburn Arms.

John Lenagan led the shorter six mile walk, which started by walking through the Shireburn Arms car park towards the River Ribble.  We walked along the the river past an aqueduct on to the Ribble Way.  We followed the Ribble Way past some very impressive bulidings at Jumbles and Hacking Hall.  We continued to  follow the river towards Winckley Hall Farm and had our lunch near Spring Wood.  We then walked down the main road until we reached the old bridge, which dates back to the 1750's, where we followed the River Hodder until we reached some imposing steps (about 130 in total) through the woods towards Stonyhurst College.  As we walked through the grounds we noticed that they were playing cricket.  We continued past the observatories and alongside Fox Fall Wood until we reached The Bayley Arms, where we met lots of other walkers that had been walking The Ribble Valley Pub Crawl.