AN opportunity to earn a special Hodder Way badge will be offered by Clitheroe Ramblers this weekend.
The Hodder, which lies close to Clitheroe, is recognised as one of Lancashire’s most beautiful rivers.
A major tributary of the Ribble, its course lies wholly in the countryside, never flowing through any settlement larger than a village.
Some years ago, Clitheroe Ramblers pioneered the route of the Hodder Way, a 27-mile long path which follows the river from its source in the rough moorland terrain near the ancient Cross of Greet, past ancient unspoilt villages and historic buildings, through fertile meadows and natural woodland to its confluence with the Ribble near Mitton.
Over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday May 4th to Monday May 6th, there will be an opportunity to walk the full length of the Hodder Way, led by Ben Brown, secretary of Clitheroe Ramblers.
The first day, Saturday May 4th, will cover nine miles from the source at Cross of Greet to Slaidburn.
The Sunday walk, on May 5th, will start at Slaidburn and finish at Doeford Bridge, a distance of 10.5 miles.
On the Monday, May 6th, the walk will take in the final section from Doeford Bridge to Hodder Foot, continuing past Calder Foot and ending at Hurst Green, a distance of 10 miles.
Those who complete the full walk will earn a special Hodder Way badge, but walking just one or two days is possible. To join Clitheroe Ramblers on any of these days, be at Chester Avenue car park by 9-30 a.m., where transport will be organised by co-ordinating cars. For further details call Ben Brown on 01254 822851.
More about Clitheroe Ramblers can be found at www.clitheroeramblers.co.uk