From the Ship to Barleigh Bridge – 25 April 2016

19 of us started out in the wet, hoping for sunny intervals – we met by the Ship Inn in Wincle.

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We took the path over the stile almost opposite the Ship.

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There were plenty of lambs about

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and a very friendly donkey

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We headed up the field

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until we came to the farm with interesting windows

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We took a left in front of the farm and headed down passing some gauze. You could see Bosley Cloud on the horizon.

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We picked our way through a wooded path

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passing a ruined cottage on our right

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The mixed woodland to our right showed signs of bursting buds

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We took our break near Barleigh Bridge, close to the start of Dane Valley way.

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Crossing the Dane we looked up

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and down

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The path then followed the river

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with fields to the right

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until we came to the falls

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Here we crossed the river

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and sauntered back to our starting point

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where lambs basked in the sun, which at last lingered for a while.

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