Expeditions, Navigation, Guided Walks and Trekking
We both took a day off work to enjoy the promised sunshine and help with the convalescence. The weather remained great so we headed for a pub with a garden. There are a few in the foody spots of the Ribble Valley many close to a gentle walk along the Ribble Way.
After an excellent, although expensive pub lunch in the beautifully located garden of the Aspinall Arms we set off from the Stoneyhurst Bus stop over the fields to Winckley Hall and the River Hodder. Approaching the junction of the Hodder river with the Ribble, we were followed by Sand Martins who are nesting in the sandy banks of the river. It was such a lovely sound of their cries to the nestlings as they took the insects in flight.
Along the bank we spotted a wide variety of bird life, Heron; Oyster Catchers; Mallards; Gooseanders; Martins; Swallows; Blackbirds and Thrushes in the fields and a chirpy Wren in the bushes.
A lone fly-fisherman was trying his luck at the rocks, just were we left the river to head back to the car through the woods at Fox Fields.