Ribble Valley Walk: Brungerly Bridge

We had the luxury of a sunny spring Friday off work so the baby bear and I headed out for a walk along the River Ribble. We usually plan short walks under 5 miles as Kitty likes to get out and explore and this can add a lot of time to a walk! It is a truly beautiful route as the pictures attest but nothing compares to being there in person.


We started near Low Moor and headed along Ribble Way past several small holdings. These brings a lot of entertainment to a 2 year old.

“Where are the horses mummy?”
“I found them!”
“Chickens!”
The loudest donkey I’ve ever encountered

 

We then headed down the path past the river which was really high due to the recent storms. The trail is really picturesque.

Kitty was keen to explore the woods and we took our time winding through the trees and splashing in the steams created by the recent downpours.


The views at Brungerly bridge were breath taking. We sat and enjoyed them for quite some time before throwing stones in the river.



It was so peaceful and had everything a toddler could wish for from animals to muddy puddles. We’d highly recommend it.

You can find our route on the Lancashire Telegraph website here.

Do you live in the Ribble Valley? What are your favourite spots? What about if you live elsewhere in the U.K? Is there somewhere you’d recommend us to visit? We’d love to hear from you so feel free to comment or get in touch via our contacts page.

 

 

6 Comments on “Ribble Valley Walk: Brungerly Bridge

  1. Have you done the Ribble Valley Sculpture trail in Brungerly park? Lots of sculptures to find including An otter and a kingfisher. You can pick up a leaflet at the Platform gallery which is also the tourist info centre.x

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  2. Most of the bridges which now cross the Ribble in the Clitheroe vicinity were not there during the early 1600s. Whether older structures were is (perhaps rather surprisingly) not always clear given the relative lack of topographical writings about the area at the time. The Ribble Valley seems to have been notably short of such structures at the time when compared with many comparable areas.
    Grindleton Bridge today is of predominantly 1930s build. However, closer examination of the structure reveals one arch and a river pier which are clearly part of an earlier 1700s predecessor.
    Bradford was very probably a better crossing point anyway – hence its name. Nevertheless, the bridge there is nineteenth century and was actually predated by an 1822 foot crossing of the Ribble.
    Further downstream, Horrocksford Bridge (named after the settlement on the south side – or vice versa), on the edge of Waddington was probably not built until the early nineteenth century either.
    Similar dates of construction would seem to apply to Brungerley Bridge and Eddisford Bridge in the Clitheroe area.
    In the other direction – upstream – Sawley Bridge, although seemingly old, was probably only constructed around 1800. The overall effect would have been to cut the area off further – although probably nobody thought too much about wading into the water at certain crossing points in known places where stones may even have been placed in the river’s course.

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    • Wow that’s really interesting. I’m guessing a lot less crossings were needed when the population would have been sparse in the area. It would make sense that Brungerley bridge and Edisford Bridge were built at similar times as they look very similar in build. There’s still Cromwell’s bridge built in the 1600s remaining at Mitton which isn’t being used anymore but I’d rather beautiful.

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