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Ribble Valley Scooter Rally. πŸ›΅

We started off Saturday with a yummy brunch at a lovely cafe bar in Clitheroe called Jungle. Oh so good! Definitely the best place for brunch in town. And all fueled up for the return of The Ribble Valley Mod Weekender ; the highlight of this popular event of course being The Scooter Rally through the centre.

The town centre was closed off to other traffic for the day. The smokey scent of 2- Stroke Engine Oil filled the air as hundreds of scooters drove through town at 1-30pm, it was quite a spectacle!

I love all the different colours and styles, there were some striking paint jobs.

Doe Bakehouse got in on the action with some scrumptious ‘ The Who’ donuts.

As well as scooters galore , there were 32 gigs in 14 venues around Clitheroe, most of which were on the Saturday. We only saw one band , The Racoons in Keystreet’s Acoustic Garden. They were great and the whole town was buzzing. πŸ›΅

A Pleasington Walk.

Welcome back to Lancashire for this walk which is a couple of short train journeys away from my hometown of Clitheroe. We don’t use the train often enough and hope to remedy that when finding future hikes. This walk is featured in the Guide To Lancashire Pub Walks by Nick Burton, a handy little pocket size publication. We did a few of the walks mentioned during the first lockdowns , when the pubs weren’t even open. Happily not so the case now. πŸ™‚

Anyway we caught a train from Clitheroe to Blackburn and then went on to the village of Pleasington from there. The whole journey took about 40 minutes including connection time. The walk took us up The Yellow Hills to see The Wainwright Memorial and then through woodland and Witton Park. Refreshments at The Railway Hotel in the village , at the end.

Pleasant Pleasington sign at the Railway Station.
We walk past Pleasington Priory.
And a house with Stone Lions guarding it.
And then through a field of cows. They were pretty calm until a farmer appeared on a quad bike, then they started chasing it around the field.
We escaped the cows!
A friendly Cat on a drive-way.
Fly Agaric, though not the best specimen.
Looks like we are on the Witton Weavers Way.

After walking through some woodland we ascended the gentle slopes of the Yellow Hills to come across the Wainwright Memorial , a fitting tribute to the Blackburn born Fell Walker, writer and illustrator Alfred Wainwright.  As a young man Alfred would walk in these hills above Blackburn. On a clear day he would be able to glimpse upon the fells of the Lake District, they would eventually entice him to Cumbria where he recorded his hikes in his famous Pictorial Guides.

The Wainwright Memorial was unveiled in 2013.
Intrepid Hikers.
No distant views as wasn’t clear enough. The Yellow Hills are named after the yellow blooms of the Gorse bushes that grow here.
A Polypore Fungi.
Crow Wood.
Autumn colours appearing.

We walked on to Witton Park, following woodland paths downwards through Billinge Wood and Crow Wood. The Crow Sculpture I had hoped to see didn’t appear to be there ( unless we somehow missed it !) , though there was an information board near where I thought it should have been. And there were plenty of real crows, magpies and other wildlife in the woods.

Crow Sculpture Information Board.
Nuthatch.
Grey Squirrel.
Witton Park.
Butler’s Bridge over the River Darwen.

Witton Park is vast, covering 480 acres. It is Criss crossed by various walking trails and has a visitor centre. We will have to return oneday as we didn’t come across the centre and only saw a small part of the grounds on our walk. After crossing Butler’s Bridge it was a short meander up past the Priory and back into Pleasington.

Pleasington Priory was opened in 1819.
The Railway Hotel.
Railway Flowers. πŸš‚πŸš‚
Waiting for the train back to Blackburn. Pleasington is a request stop , so be prepared to stick your arm out. 😁

Map ~ OS Explorer 287 West Pennine Moors.

Book ~ Guide To Lancashire Pub Walks by Nick Burton.

Distance ~ 4 Miles/ 6.4km.

Dog Friendly Clitheroe. 🐢

So it’s raining cats and dogs and you’re out and about in Clitheroe with your four- legged friend. It’s not Beer Garden weather, so where can you and Rover ( or Hugo in my case! ) go to shelter from the rain, sit down with a coffee, relax with a pint, or indeed indulge in a little re Tail therapy? I have put together a list of such places that you and your pooch can enjoy in our Ribble Valley town. 🐢

SHOPS. Clitheroe has a good selection of shops that welcome dogs, many of which are independent retailers. ❀️

Banana News ~ Friendly News Agents in the centre of town. Castle Street.

Bodycare ~ Discount Health & Beauty products. Castle Street.

Boots ~ Boots Pharmacy. Castle Street.

Borough Printing Company ~ Office Supplies and Printing service. York Street.

Cancer Research ~ Charity Shop. Castle Street.

Clitheroe Books ~ Independent Second hand bookstore. Moor Lane.

Clitheroe Lighting Centre ~ Lighting and lampshades. Moor Lane.

Clitheroe Market ~ Traditional Outdoor Market. Off New Market Street.

Cowgills ~ Newsagents & Toys. 4-6 Market Place.

Dawson’s Department Store ~ Homewares, gifts and DIY. King Street.

D. Byrne & co ~ Fine Wine Merchants. Victoria Brewery, Shawbridge Street.

Pooches at Paint Pot.

Doe Bakehouse ~ Donut Shop. Eat in or Takeaway. Market Place.

Emporium Home Interiors ~ Gifts and Homewares. Moor Lane.

EQ Woman ~ Women’s Clothing Boutique. Moor Lane.

Fat Face ~ Clothing Sore. The Victoria, Market Place.

The Flower Shop ~ Fresh Flowers, Plants & gifts. Wellgate.

General Post Office ~ King Street.

Georgonzola Deli ~ Yummy Cheese, Meats, Olives, Wine etc. Lowergate.

Green Jersey ~ Bicycle Shop. Old Shawbridge Sawmill.

Hoody Marvelous ~ T Shirt Printing. Swan Courtyard.

Hollywood Exports ~ Vintage Clothing Company. King Street.

Homebase ~ DIY Store. Queensway.

Hope ~ Mens Clothing Shop. King Street.

Ideal Pet Stores ~ Pet Shop. Whalley Road.

Ken Carey’s Outdoor Clothing ~ Country Clothing store. Market Place.

Knowletop Studios ~ Art Gallery specialising in local photographic art. Castlegate.

Longitude Art Gallery ~ Art Gallery and Exhibition Space. Lee Carter House, Off Castlegate.

Longitude Art Gallery.

Marks Artisan Pies & Bakery ~ Delicious pies and bakery. Whalley Road.

Mayflower Furniture Store ~ Home decor and furniture. King Street.

M & Co ~ Ladies, Gents & kids Clothing and Homeware. Castle Street.

Muddy Frogs ~ Children’s Footwear. Swan Courtyard.

Nettletons Jewellers ~ Jewellers and Watch Shop. Castle Street.

Number 10 Literature and Lifestyle ~ Independent book shop specialising in all genres of crime. Also sells quirky gifts and cards. Moor Lane.

The Old Coach House Antiques ~ Antiques Centre. Waddington Road.

The Original Factory Shop ~ Discounted Clothing, Homewares, Toys & Gifts. Shawbridge Street.

Paint Pot ~ Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. Dogs can get involved too. 😊 Swan Courtyard.

Party People ~ Greeting Cards and Fancy Dress. Castlegate.

Platform Gallery & Visitor Centre ~ Contemporary Arts and Crafts , Exhibitions and Visitor Centre. Station Road by the Railway Station.

Pendle Stitches ~ Wool and Sewing Shop. Moor Lane.

Pets At Home ~ Everything for Pet Care. Whalley Road.

Premier Stores ~ Corner Shop chain with shops dotted round the town.

Phillip Michael ~ Hair Studio. Duck Street.

Purdie Oak ~ Luggage, bags and gifts. Castle Street.

Raffia ~ Contemporary and unique gifts and cards. King Street.

R Favourite Shop ~ Locally sourced Crafts and Homewares. Castlegate.

Rue 5 ~ Jewellers. King Street.

Greetings from Raffia.

Roost ~ Beautiful gifts and interiors for you and your home. Moor Lane.

RSPCA ~ Charity Shop. Castle Street.

Seasons ~ Ladies Clothing and Accessories. King Street.

The Shop Of Hope ~ Fairtrade, Environmentally friendly and Local Arts & Crafts etc. Castle Street.

Smug Fox ~ Rustic Interiors, Vintage Furniture and beautiful Home Accessories. Shawbridge Street.

Smug Fox Shop Dog 🦊 ~ photo from Facebook.

La Tete Et Tout ~ Women’s Clothing and accessories. Moor Lane.

Tile Productions UK ~ Bespoke and original tiling company. Dean’s Court, Link 59 Industrial Estate.

W H Smith ~ Newsagents, Books & Stationery. Castle Street.

WuffitMix ~ Petfood Supplies at Dugdales Nutrition. Bellman Mill, Salthill.

YMCA ~ Charity shop. Near Booths Supermarket.

Your Style Boutique ~ Ladies Clothes shop. Wellgate.

CAFES AND COFFEE SHOPS. Check out these lovely venues if you fancy a coffee or bite to eat with your fluffy friend.

Caffe Nero ~ Casual Coffee Shop Chain serving special blended coffees and light snacks. Castle Street.

Doe Bakehouse ~ Donuts 🍩 and coffee. Eat in or take- away. Market Place.

The Emporium ~ Elegant bar and restaurant. The stone flagged ground floor is dog friendly. Moor Lane.

Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Friendly coffee and cocktail bar. Brunch options. Dogs welcome during the day. Market Place.

Exchange Coffee Company ~ Coffee Roasters and cafe. Dogs allowed downstairs. Wellgate.

Maxwells Cafe & Wine Bar ~ The covered outside area of this popular cafe bar has heaters for chilly days. Dogs outside area only. King Street.

MOOR Coffee Shop ~ A friendly cafe and coffee shop. Moor Lane.

Secret Garden Cafe ~ Veggie and Vegan Cafe with a nice outdoor terrace. New Market Street.

A beautiful Secret Garden guest ~ Photo from the Facebook page.

Toms Table ~ French Inspired cuisine and afternoon teas. Lovely sun terrace. Dogs welcome before 6pm. Lee Carter House, Off Castle Street.

Violet’s Deli ~ Coffee and Deli bar with comfy sofas. Castle Street.

PUBS AND BARS. Clitheroe has many a pet friendly pub or bar. We are very lucky. 🐩🐾

The Ale House ~ Town centre Micro pub serving cask ales and bottled beers. Market Place.

The Beer Shack ~ Craft Beer bar specialising in craft beers and ciders. Charcuterie boards and beer snacks served too. Semi covered outdoor area at the back. King Street.

Bowland Beer Hall At Holmes Mill ~ For the Real Ale fan, the Beer Hall at Holmes Mill has 42 Cask ales on tap and has lots of original features from its industrial heritage , including a huge steam engine. Serves Bar Meals. Greenacre Street.

Corto ~ Craft Beers, Natural Ciders, Natural Wines, Cheese Boards and Good Vibes. King Street.

Corto cuisine.

Edisford Bridge Country Pub ~ Country Pub on the outskirts of Clitheroe. Small indoor area for eating with your dog. Lovely beer garden too. Good food and perfect for river walks.

The Emporium ~ Elegant bar and restaurant with dog friendly ground floor. Moor Lane.

Escape Coffee & Cocktails ~ Coffee and cocktail bar. Market Place.

Keystreet ~ Dogs are welcome in the covered Garden Bar at the rear of the pub. Lowergate.

The King’s Wine & Cocktail Bar ~ Modern chic Wine and Cocktail Bar with comfy sofas inside and a pretty seating area outside. Food served. Bawdlands.

Outside at The Kings. 🐢

Maxwells ~ This busy Cafe and Wine Bar has a covered outside area with heaters. King Street.

The New Inn ~ Cosy rooms and Real Ales. Coal fires in Winter. A proper old fashioned pub near the Castle grounds. Parson Lane.

Relaxing at the New Inn.

The Parlour Cocktail Bar ~ Bijou Cocktail Bar with big city vibes. Wellgate.

Parlour Pooch. From Facebook page.

Rose and Crown ~ Town centre pub that serves Bar Meals. Castle Street.

SauceBox ~ Small but perfectly formed Craft Beer and Cocktail Bar. Moor Lane

SMSJ ~ Old Schoolroom ~ Attractive bar with Big Screen TVs, Pool table and spacious yet snug seating areas. Bar Snacks Menu. Lowergate.

Old School Room.

White Lion ~ Popular Town centre pub with flagged floor and large heated beer garden area at the rear. Market Place.

Thank you for reading my Dog Friendly Clitheroe Post. Please respect any places you visit with your dog and keep doggies on a lead. Also please double check before you enter a venue with your dog. ❀️🐢

Whalley Wander. πŸ¦‰

Ready for a gentle wander around Whalley? Here are a few photos from Sunday mornings stroll around this attractive Ribble Valley village, a couple of miles from my hometown of Clitheroe.

We parked near the impressive 48 arches of the red and blue bricked viaduct that spans the river Calder. Whalley Viaduct is the longest railway bridge in Lancashire and if you travel from Blackburn to Clitheroe by train, you will cross this impressive structure.

Whalley Arches.
A peek through the trees.

Nearby is the fourteenth century Whalley Abbey Gatehouse which belonged to the Cistercian abbey in the village. I can almost imagine the monks passing through the archway.

Whalley Abbey Gatehouse.

If you look closely in the trees around Whalley you may be surprised to see some life-like bird sculptures. Delighting those who spy them amongst the greenery, the wrens are lovingly handcrafted by a lady in the village. Most are sweet little wrens , but you never know who could be watching you from above.

Whalley Wren.
What a hoot !

A spot of quiet contemplation ? The peaceful garden of the English Church Of Martyrs nextdoor to Whalley Abbey is dotted with benches, full of flowers and there are several religious statues.

English Church of Martyrs was built in 1926.

We head to the River Calder via the pretty stone terraces on Calder Vale.

Calder Vale.
Spot the Barn Owl. πŸ™‚
Pretty White House on the river.
Whalley Weir.
Whalley Weir.

Whalley Weir is a man made weir on the river and is said to be the reason why the monks of Whalley chose this spot for their abbey. It’s a tranquil place to watch the ducks. πŸ¦†

Whalley Old Grammar School.

Back in the village and here is the Old Grammar School, now used as a pre school and for adult education. The War memorial is a focal point.

The Tooth Fairy resides here. 🧚

Whalley has many independent shops and cafes, no shortage of places to stop for a brew. We headed over to Cafe Autisan at Whalley Abbey. They do a wonderful rocky road, demolished before I remembered that I should of taken a photograph. 🀣

Whalley Abbey.
Another Wren.
The cafe service is still take away only, with outdoor seating in the courtyard.
Tudor houses across from Whalley Abbey.

Hope you enjoyed my bumble around a popular Ribble Valley village. πŸ’–

Kirkby Lonsdale.

With staycations high on the agenda this year, Wil put the gift cards he received for his 50th birthday towards a couple of nights away in the pretty South Lakeland town of Kirkby Lonsdale . Luckily he invited Hugo and I along too. πŸ˜‰

Kirkby Lonsdale lies at the edge of the Lake District , retains a Carnforth postcode from its former Lancashire days and is minutes away from the Yorkshire Dales National Park too. An excellent base for lots of exploring then!

The town itself is incredibly picturesque with plenty of old inns, fantastic eateries and quirky independent shops. It’s also very dog friendly, which is great when your holidaying with a certain lovable labrador. 🐾

The Royal Hotel on Main Street.
Room 2.
The Bath πŸ›€.

We stayed in the very accomodating Royal Hotel opposite the Market Square. This elegant Georgian townhouse has tastefully furnished rooms and friendly approachable staff. We couldn’t fault it!

Though to be fair all the local businesses in Kirkby Lonsdale are super friendly and very happy to be recieving visitors once again. πŸ™‚

After arriving and checking in at The Royal on Friday evening we took Hugo for a walk through town and headed straight out for a couple of drinks. Fortunately we managed to find seats without booking ( hurrah!) , everywhere was buzzing but not rammed. We especially liked the warm local feel of The Orange Tree and those good vibes in The King’s Arms .

Orange 🍊 Tree Refreshments.
Belated Birthday πŸŽ‰ the King’s Arms.

I took a couple of Summer evening photographs of the town between pubs.

St Mary’s Church and The Sun Inn.
Ruskin’s View. A painting of this vista by Turner was much admired by Ruskin, who described it as ‘ One of the loveliest views in England’.
St Mary’s churchyard is a haven for wildlife.

Saturday promised to be a scorcher of a day . After a tasty breakfast at the hotel we went for a wander before the shops opened and then took Hugo for a walk along the river Lune.

Royal Hotel Breakfast.
Devil’s Bridge.
Hugo living his best life. 🀣

The nearby River Lune is spanned by the three arched Devils Bridge and is an attractive riverside amble from the town. The bridge is a popular spot with motorcyclists and there is a long established butty & brew van that always does a roaring trade. We also saw two guys being egged on by friends to dive off the bridge…and they did! It’s a well known dare spot for such jumps, but probably shouldn’t be encouraged. πŸ™

Beautiful listed building ‘ The Old Manor House’.
I love the street names in Kirkby Lonsdale. Salt Pie Lane named after the hot salted mutton pies on sale here in former days.
Jingling Lane. πŸ€—
There are plenty of cute shops in town , such as Abraham’s Store.
Bath goodies shop.
And Parma Violet, to name but a few…

In the afternoon we decided to drive to nearby Sizegh Castle . The National Trust property was pretty busy, but the estate is so large, it is quite easy to avoid people. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed in the gardens but are permitted in the cafe and within the grounds. We ended up walking a good eight miles or so around the estate. Phew!

I did have a peek in the garden.
Vivid blue irises were in bloom in the garden.
Buttercups.
Small Heath πŸ¦‹.
Views across to the sea from the estate.

Once back in Kirkby Lonsdale we needed an ice cream to cool down. A long queue was forming outside The Milking Parlour on Jingling Lane. Although this new ice cream shop has very positive reviews, we were keen to jump the queues. Chocolat on New Road is a delightful little chocolatier that also sells deliciously decadent ice cream. They were so good!

Ice Cream Waffle Cones in Chocolat. Oh yes. 😊

After all the walking and the ice cream treats we headed back to the hotel for a while. We reemerged later for another night out , having booked a table at a lovely restaurant called Plato’s . The food here was excellent and the staff made a big fuss of Hugo. We also had a couple of drinks in local brewery tap house The Royal Barn ~ my favourite tipple was the rhubarb flavoured Rosie Pig Cider. 🐷

The Royal Barn.
Plato’s.
A savoury custart tart in Plato’s. Yummy. πŸ™‚

On Sunday morning it was time to check out of our hotel after breakfast. We had such an enjoyable stay, stopping in the Royal had been a great experience. The whole town is loving recieving visitors once again. πŸ’—

Before heading home we drove thirty minutes to the coast for a walk along the foreshore at Hest Bank near Morecambe. It felt good to take in the sea air and enjoy the vast views of Morecambe Bay.

Wading bird sculpture by the car park at Hest Bank.
Along the foreshore to nearby Bolton Le Sands.
Windswept trees.
Praying Seashell at Red Bank Farm, Bolton Le Sands. The sculpture looks over the mudflats where 21 Chinese cockle pickers lost their lives in 2004, they were caught by the incoming tide. 😦
Rocks at Bolton Le Sands.
Yellow Flag Iris. Spot the snail.
The Shore Cafe, Hest Bank.

There is free shoreside car parking over the level crossing at Hest Bank and a couple of cafe options on route between there and Bolton Le Sands. Lots more in Morecambe.

Have you any weekends away planned?

Pom Poms Of Pink.

My hometown is adorned with pretty pink blossom, pom poms of pink. Take a walk with me up to the castle park and stop to admire the blooms. They look particularly striking , offset by a beautiful blue sky.

Bonnygrass Terrace.
Japanese Cherry Blossom.
Pink pom poms.
This poem made me smile as mother’s today were snapping their children amongst the cherry blossoms too. 😊
Cabbage White Butterfly.
Magnolia.
Pink 🌷
Clitheroe Castle.
Labyrinth.
Holly Blue Butterfly.
Tulips.

Hope you enjoyed my little tour of some of Clitheroes blossom trees. ❀️

Ribble side ramble. πŸ¦†

The weather is so surprising at the moment. Blue skies then snow. Warm sunshine. Then snow. And repeat.

I am wondering what to wear for a week night beer garden drink. Looking in my wardrobe, I seriously haven’t bought any new going out clothes since 2019! Pjamas ~ yes. Walking pants~ yes. But no new tops or dresses. However I suspect I will still be frequenting my warm puffa jacket for any approaching social activities!

At present social activities still revolve around walking, so here are some photos from yesterday’s walk along the river to Chatburn and back. A repeat of a post I did earlier in the year, but a little more wildlife on display. πŸ™‚

One of many picture slabs in Brungerley park. A fox and a hare gaze at the moon.
A hunched heron.
Greylag and Canada Geese.
Golden forsythia blossom.
A lone mute swan.
Hipping Stones.
Mary Horner’s bench.
Gushing.
Beautiful blackthorn.
Twisty tree.
Bridge at Grindleton.
In the Woods.
Primrose.
By the Ribble.
Hipping Stones.
Hipping Stones.
Female Goosander. A favourite water bird. Love her Nut brown quiff.
Hugo waiting to play ball.
Wood Anemones or Wind Flowers.
Dog Violet.
Love this cherry blossom painting.

Hope you have had a pleasant weekend.

A New Nature Reserve In Town. πŸ¦†πŸ¦‹πŸŒ³

Recently Hugo and I have spent a lot of time
treading the boardwalks…..at the new Nature Reserve in town. Primrose Nature Reserve has opened at last! What was once an overgrown wasteland containing a mill lodge of stagnant water has been transformed, with walkways, a viewing platform and even a Monet style bridge spanning Mearley Brook. A fish pass has been installed close to the old Primrose Mill to allow salmon, trout and eels to travel upstream and gallons of silt has been removed from the lodge. I have taken a few photos which I hope will give a feel for the place. The reserve is suitable for wheel chairs, push chairs and prams and it doesn’t take very long to walk through.

Owl carving at the Woone Lane entrance.
Wildlife the reserve hopes to attract more of.
Green Winged Teal. There are several of these. Such pretty water birds.
Bird accomodation.
Moorhen.
Habitats have been created using fallen logs.
Butterbur frequent the brook side.
Monet style bridge.
Facing Woone Lane.
A bluetit furnishes its new home, number 5. πŸ™‚
Little Egret seen from the bridge.
Sluice gates were used to control the flow of water to the mill.
Old Industry.
Mallard and ten ducklings.
I was happy to see there are actually primroses at Primrose Nature Reserve. πŸ™‚
Flowering currant.
Dunnock.
Willow arch near the Whalley road entrance.
Reserve map at the Whalley road entrance.

To view the fish pass you have to walk up Woone Lane to the top of the nature reserve and you will be able to see it from the road next to Primrose Mill. At the moment the mill is being turned into apartments so whilst renovations are going on, here’s a photo from Instagram.

Alaskan Fish Pass, one of the largest in England.

I am looking forward to the changing seasons ,to see how the area becomes established. I think the reserve is a lovely little addition to Clitheroe. A wild space in an urban landscape. 😊