Not only is this a delightful walk alongside the River Ribble and through cool shaded woodland, but within this 2 km stretch of the river is evidence of man’s presence going back 6000 years!
A little research soon uncovers the ‘goings on’ in this beautiful unspoiled corner of Lancashire, this place was busy some 6000 years ago during the Mesolithic period (8000 - 4000BC), archaeology has revealed ‘finds’ of a substantial number of flints that suggest a settlement or work site and close by a dug-out canoe fragment by the riverbank.
And of course we are aware of the Roman occupation of Ribchester and Britain, evidence of roads almost 2000 years old can be found as we imagine soldiers wandering about this place, speaking a foreign language - they stayed for over 300 years!
Norman architecture and Saxon communities have fashioned this landscape developing the patchwork fields we see today.
And of course during the last 300 years or so, we have evidence of the recent stone buildings, manor houses and bridges as well as today’s developments such as Manor Court and the re-built Salesbury Hall.
And let's not forget the ferryman at Dinckley, according to the Post-Lady of Hurst Green, Cecily Holden recalls “... at Trough House Farm lived an Italian family called Corella who operated the Dinckley Ferry in the 1930’s”. The ferry was replaced in 1951 by the wonderful Dinckley suspension bridge, which must be one of the best examples of LCC architecture.
This is a wonderful short walk through a lot of history, if history isn’t your bag, then it’s a wonderful walk through some of Lancashire’s best river valley scenery - it's just beautiful!
We follow the 'Ribble Way' along the north bank of the river before crossing the Ribble at Dinckley. After crossing the suspension bridge, the final part of the walk is from Dinckley to Marles Wood and can be described as a highlight along the springy velvet-like turf, understandably this is a popular location for visitors.
PLEASE NOTE: The Dinckley Supension Bridge has been damaged by floods. So far as I am aware, the bridge is now closed. Lancashire County Council are responsible for the bridge. they should be able to advise when it will re-open.