Today was glorious and sunny. The kind of sunny that actually feels warm. 🙂 I went for a walk down through the fields to the river. This is one of our usual dog walking routes, but I let Wil carry on ahead with Hugo ,so I could get a few piccies without a black labrador crashing through the undergrowth. 🙂
I also saw Sand Martins , back to reclaim their sandy nesting holes in the river bank, a male and a female Goosander flying down the Ribble and a tiny Goldcrest. I think I may do one post a month,following my wildlife sightings in this tiny corner of the world. 🙂
I have walked through my local park Brungerley Park in Clitheroe often enough, but Sunday was the first time I had picked up a leaflet for the area’s Sculpture Trail and tried to spot all the different Art works. The Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail can be accessed from either West Bradford Road or Waddington Road and takes you through woodland, grassland, a quarry and by the riverside. Roadside parking is available and the walk takes about an hour, so is short and family friendly. 🙂
Here are some of the sculptures we saw on the trail, our starting point was the Waddington Road Entrance.
As you can see the sculptures are quite diverse and many are inspired by the local area. It was good fun finding them all. There are free Trail leaflets at the Tourist Information Centre in Clitheroe which is situated inside the Platform Gallery near the train station.
Brungerley Park was first opened in 1876 and became the place for Clitheroe folks to enjoy their leisure time. Boating and Ice skating on the Ribble, band concerts, folk tales of River Spirits and Pendle Witches and even Victorian Bathing Huts on the river bank.
As we neared the river I spotted the first of the Spring Wild flowers that will adorn the trail. Another few weeks and there will be plenty more to see.
So there you have it. There are a few sculptures I forgot to photograph, including some more ceramics by Halima Cassell. She certainly gets around a bit on the trail! Also look out for various play areas for the kids and keep an eye out for wildlife. 🙂
It’s been a while since I have taken my camera with me , along the banks of the Ribble. Yesterday afternoon sounded a good a time as any. It was hot and sunny and the picnicking world were out in force. I tried to avoid the crowds and see what wildlife was hanging out by the water. Changes are a foot too. The new houses that are being built are creeping closer to the river. I’m not sure what I feel about that.
Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are enjoying the sunshine. :0)
Were edging towards the middle of September and I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s Summer. I’m so loathe to let go! Happily we have had a couple of rather nice weekends weather wise so out came my camera on our walks with Hugo. It’s the season of fruit and flowers. 🙂
It’s quite chilly today though…so I might have to give in. I just feel Summer has been far to short this year.
Its been a while since I’ve taken my camera down the river side. Its a bit difficult taking photos when I have Hugo with me , as all my time is taken up with ….making sure he doesn’t eat sheep poo, making sure he doesn’t chase ducks, making sure he doesn’t steal picnics and er making sure he doesn’t eat any dead pheasants. He is not really the ideal photography companion. Ha ha ha 🙂
Today I tired the doogal out with a morning river walk and an afternoon park walk, so i could escape on my own for a wander along the banks of the Ribble. It was quite breezy and the sun was shining. I wondered what I would see……
I was so happy to get my first piccies of an Orange tipped white butterfly. I have tried chasing them round in the past ( without a huge butterfly net! ) and not had any success. Shortly after I spied that little beauty I looked up and saw something hovering in the sky above me…..
Thats the first time I have seen one in the wild up so close. You just never know what you might spot on a walk by the river. 🙂
A tantalising glimpse of snow on Pendle , here in the Ribble Valley it is cold and frosty. Yesterday we wandered down as far as the river and back with little Hugo. He really enjoyed himself running riot.But he is a little unsure of water yet, especially after rather ungracefully plunging into the icy cold brook! It was a gorgeous day though.Bright and cold.Perfect for a winters walk.
I shall leave you here with a Happy New Year and my best wishes for a terrific 2015. X
This weekend has been all about our pup ‘Hugo’,as at last we are allowed to take him out and about in the Big Wide World. As well as the local park he has also been to our favourite pub in Clitheroe ‘The New Inn’ which is the most dog friendly pub ever. Its always full of chatty people having a pint with their pooch. The perfect pub for socialising a puppy. 🙂 We also decided to try and get Hugo accustomed to car journeys….as we are hoping to take him with us when we visit family in Cumbria over Christmas. So today we took him over to Marle’s Wood near Ribchester.
A pathway meanders through the woods alongside the river Ribble and opens out into some fields. It was an unseasonally mild afternoon and the sun decided to shine on us as we chased the copper coloured leaves.
We didn’t walk too far. Got stopped every few minutes by other walkers cooing over our cute companion! I think we will bring Hugo again though. 🙂