Autumn has arrived, and the birds are returning to the Ribble for the Winter - the Redshank have already started arriving to the Penwortham and Broadgate mudflats - and there have been some beautiful sunsets over the past week or two.
The Ribble Coast and Wetlands Walking Festival starts this coming weekend, with events at Granny's Bay at Lytham St Anne's, the Ainsdale dunes, Hesketh Out Marsh, Mere Sands Wood, Martin Mere - and Preston and Penwortham.
Save The Ribble and the Ribbleside Friends Group both have RCWWF Walks:
- The Ribbleside Friends have a Ramble on Ribbleside on Sunday 24th, starting at the Old Tram Bridge at 1pm,
- and Save The Ribble have a Ribble Walk from Preston to Hutton Marsh on Sunday 31st October, starting at Penwortham Old Bridge at 10.30am.
Full details are:
Ramble on Ribbleside
Sunday 24th October
Starting 1pm at the Old Tram Bridge between Avenham Park in Preston and Ribbleside Country Park in Penwortham.
An easy walk but some stiles and steps, so unsuitable for wheels.
Walking downriver from the Old Tram Bridge as far as Preston Junction Nature Reserve, then a nice meandering route through the Reserve and Ribbleside's meadows and woodlands, and returning back to the Tram Bridge via the River Darwen.
Total time approx 2 hours.
Email: ribblesidefriends [at] tiscali [dot] co [dot] uk for further details.
Ribble Walk: Preston to Hutton Marsh.
Sunday 31st October
10.30am start (note: the clocks will have changed the night before!)
Meet at Penwortham Old Bridge over the River Ribble at Broadgate in Preston and Leyland Road in Penwortham.
A walk downriver to Hutton Marsh, and back again on a different path if the conditions are suitable. Bring a packed lunch.
Some rough ground, and likely to be muddy, but you may be lucky enough to see the Ribble bore on the returning walk!
8 miles max.
Email: savetheribble at tiscali dot co dot uk for further details.
For more walks and events during Ribble Coast and Wetlands Walking Festival week, see the RCW website.