Epic Ribble Valley walk draws to close

Ribble Valley Mayor, Coun. Michael Ranson.
Ribble Valley Mayor, Coun. Michael Ranson.

The final stages of Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson’s ambitious borough boundary walk will take place over the coming weeks.

Coun. Ranson has revived an ancient custom by walking the borough boundaries to raise cash for his chosen charities, Home-Start Ribble Valley and Crossroads Care Ribble Valley.

He has been “beating the bounds” by walking Ribble Valley’s 85-mile boundary in four to six-mile sections during his mayoral year.

The next section, from Mellor to York village, takes place on Wednesday April 22nd, with the penultimate walk, from York village to Spring Wood, a week later on Wednesday April 29th, and the grand finalé, from Spring Wood to Read, on Wednesday May 13th.

The last walk will be followed by a celebratory supper in The Stork Hotel, at Read.

Residents are invited to join the walks and a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required to take part, although the April 29th walk is accessible to mobility scooters, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

All walks start at 5 pm and further details, including start points, are available from the council’s website at: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk