Crowds join in revival of ancient ‘beat the bounds’ custom

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson and fellow walkers are waved off by Lady Clitheroe . (s)

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson and fellow walkers are waved off by Lady Clitheroe . (s)

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Enthusiastic hikers turned out for the second of Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson’s boundary walks.

The Mayor is reviving an ancient custom by walking the borough boundaries to raise cash for charity.

He is to “beat the bounds” by walking Ribble Valley’s 85-mile boundary during his mayoral year. This will involve him undertaking the trek in 20 sections, ranging from four to six miles, on selected Wednesdays throughout the coming months and he is inviting residents to join him.

It is hoped cash will be raised for the Mayor’s chosen charities, Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and Homestart Ribble Valley through sponsorship.

The Mayor said: “Ribble Valley is one of the most scenic and picturesque boroughs in the country and I’m delighted to be walking its boundaries during my mayoral year.

“I’m putting a modern twist on this ancient tradition by raising money for charity and invite residents to join me for any or all of the walks.”

The walks have been devised by the borough council’s health development officer, Barrie Williams, and a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required to take part, although at least one of the walks will be accessible to mobility scooters, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

The second walk, from the Nick o’ Pendle to Downham, attracted nearly 20 participants, including Downham landowner the Hon. Ralph Assheton and representatives of Homestart Ribble Valley.

The programme of walks is online at or from Barrie Williams on 01200 414484.

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