Whalley to back of Longridge Fell - SD 660 394
Here I am playing catch up again. Bowland Climber "discovered" this excellent long distance footpath and started while I was away walking the Angles Way. After this stretch I will still need to fill in the logistically difficult section from Dunsop Bridge to Wray.
I was able to drive to BC's and we then went in convoy to leave my car at my finishing point and then onwards to be dropped off at my start in Whalley. This was only an eight miler so I took my time and went for a bacon butty, and coffee in a paper cup. That belies the affluent mini-Harrogate style of Whalley, a target venue for fashion conscious shoppers. I know I could have found a more genteel coffee shop but I was not feeling fussy.
On the previous section I had viewed the splendid forty nine arch railway viaduct from on high above the town. Today I walked under the middle archway as I exited Whalley and saw close up the intricate fancy brickwork on a monumental scale. That was immediately followed by a contrasting iron girder footbridge over the River Calder on its way to joining the Ribble.
After a couple of mundane fields the scenery got better and more undulating with mainly good stiles and footbridges. The River Ribble was crossed by a new footbridge (April 2019) replacing its predecessor washed away by floods during Storm Frank in December 2015. The new bridge is comprehensively engineered and dominant in its landscape and may need time to mature more amenably with its surroundings. Whatever, it is a great bonus to walkers who would otherwise have a seven mile detour.
Paths and road took me into the attractive village of Hurst Green and Millie's Café. Cheesy scrambled egg on toast provided my third breakfast (I did have toast and tea before leaving home early in the morning.) The sandwich I had prepared was left untouched in its polythene box and was consumed next day on my resumption of the route further north with BC.
Stonyhurst college environs lead to the long driveway to the huge impressive house, now a well known boarding school. Conan Doyle and Charles Laughton were both pupils amongst many other notables.
At Stonyhurst Park Golf Club I photographed a commemorative plaque that was difficult to read. I have transcribed below with its eccentric use of capitals and unanswered questions. There is obviously a connection with Stonyhurst College who have a similarly puzzling motto: Quant Je Puis (As Much as I Can.) There are explanations that elaborate on this making a bit more sense, but I wonder why some of these so called mottos are so abbreviated. At Bradford Grammar School the motto was Hoc Age which as far as I understand translates as the puzzling "do this'."
|Breakfast number 2 in Whalley|
|A few of the 49 arches of Whalley's viaduct|
|I wonder if anybody could replicate this brickwork today...|
|...perhaps this is the answer to my question above.|
|Todays section seems to be one of endless bridges of one kind and another|
|Spot yet another bridge (bottom right) in this now more undulating terrain|
|Autumn on the way as I descend to cross the River Ribble|
|First sight of the new Dinckley Bridge|
|Dominant in the landscape|
|Hurst Green war memorial. It is only a tiny village|
|Breakfast number three - Hurst Green|
|Majestic trees - Stonyhurst graveyard|
|A modest statement in the grounds of Stonyhurst|
|The plaque - legible transcript above with exact replication of capitals et al.|
|Crossing the golf course. My route went down to the left of the prominent wood|
|Greengore - HenryV11's homecoming after a jolly day chasing deer|