Save The Ribble

A blog dedicated to preserving the beauty and delicate ecosystem of the River Ribble, and opposing the Riverworks 'vision' to build a barrage on our River and develop on our riverbanks, floodplains and green spaces, causing damage to wildlife and the environment and increasing the risk of flooding to our homes. Save the Ribble Campaign is not responsible for the content of external blogs or websites which link here.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bluebells and Birdsong - Join Ribblesiders on a Spring Walk by the Ribble on May 4th Bank Holiday

Calling all Ribblesiders to come enjoy a spring walk taking in some of the most beautiful areas of the South Ribble "Ribbleside" Country Park.

We will be following a similar route to last Spring's Ribbleside walk, taking in the River Ribble, Preston Junction Nature Reserve, and Carr Wood - which includes an area of ancient woodland - except this time we will be two weeks earlier so will catch the bluebells in their full glory!

There's no better time to enjoy the glorious sound of the birds on the riverbanks and especially in the woods, and take in the beauty of spring flowers, butterflies, and humming bees, and listening to the Ribble's waters flowing by...

Date: Monday 4th May.

Meeting point: Tram Bridge over the River Ribble (between Avenham & Miller Parks and South Ribble Country Park).

Leaving at: 2pm.

Route: Walking downriver alongside the River Ribble to Preston Junction Nature Reserve then walking down the LNR to meet Footpath 77 at Carr Wood, walking past the meadows (& Carr Wood sewage works) and then into Carr Wood, which includes remaining patches of ancient woodland, rejoining FP 77 to the River Darwen, following the Darwen to its confluence with the River Ribble, and then for the final stretch we’ll be following the Ribble downriver back to the Old Tram Bridge.

Expected time: approximately 2 hours altogether, although there will be opportunity for people to finish after approximately an hour if the weather is inclement or children are getting tired as we cross the Old Tram Road towards Carr Wood.

Terrain: the footpaths are good to bumpy in places, muddy on occasion, there are a couple of stiles so WHEELS are NOT ADVISABLE (bikes, wheelchairs, or pushchairs).

Come and join us for a fabulous May Day by the Ribble!

For more pictures of the glorious Ribble in Spring, see The Ribble Cycle Diaries!

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