Here in the north of England it is positively brrrr right now, the summer sunshine consigned to the great big weather dustbin in the sky. It is hard to think that just a week or so ago we took a peaceful amble around the beautiful Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail under blue skies and glorious sunshine. The trail, which lies just a mile from Clitheroe town centre, is set in stunning surroundings by the River Ribble.
The one and half mile walk around Brungerley Park and the Cross Hill Nature Reserve is accessible to all with surfaced tracks and includes over twenty sculptures that were inspired by the local environment.
Sculptor Kerry Morrison carved two natural leaf forms from wood using a chainsaw. Stonemason Fiona Bowley was commissioned to highlight the development work of the Wildlife Trust and the importance of otters on the River Ribble.
There was no hurry to complete the trail, we took our time strolling around, spending time on the benches to take in beautiful views across the river like this one.
We took a detour to the Cross Hill limestone quarry to hunt out the elusive Footprints that sculptor Thompson Dagnell left carved in the stone (we didn’t find them).
And we sat a while by the river, like The Ribble King, enjoying the gentle breeze and watching a sweary fisherman who had his rod stolen by a couple of cheeky ducks.
This is a place where fairies exist, a place of trolls, mystery and magic. If you are close you must stop by.
Ribble Valley Sculpture Trail, Brungerley Park, Clitheroe.