Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Leader: Graham Thomas/John Wilson
Party Number: 8
Distance and Time: 4 miles 4.5 hours
A party of 8 from the Preston Society set off from The Plough Hotel in Wigglesworth after leaving one car at Cow Bridge for transport on the return.
We walked east a few 100 yards along the road to a gate on right into a field. Crossed an area called Stocks then followed a footbridge over the infant Wigglesworth Beck located in bottom left hand corner of the next field. Crossed the next two fields to a pool where there was a large flock of Mallard.
The route ahead was north passing a wood with Hallstack Farm to the right. We came across a large flock of over 400 Canada Geese. After crossing the next boundary wall we took a short cut by walking east along a wall to pick up a path that took us to the road. The stiles in the Drystone walls we were old and very difficult to climb.
We crossed the road,then a stubble field to Wigglesworth Hall Farm. At a slurry pit near the farm we watched a small party of Reed Buntings and Linnets perched on a fence which were dropping down to feed in some scrub.
Our path was now following The Ribble Way that took us around the Farm to the south and then along a track to the left then right to Wigglesworth Hall Laithe Farm. The route followed the Wigglesworth Beck down to a point where it joined the River Ribble. We looked for a Kingfisher in this area but we were out of luck. I had seen one on the reccie.
Just before this junction we came to the Hide belonging to Long Preston Flood Plain Project which overlooking the large expanse of the Ribble Valley. We were hoping to see a Marsh Harrier but we were out of luck.
At Cow Bridge the end of the walk we were ferried back by car to Wigglesworth.
The walk had taken us over 4 hours but it was a beautiful area of the Ribble Valley and would be well worth another visit to Wigglesworth.