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Meetings, wet weather and some serious man flu severely restricted my travels this week but I managed to stir on Sunday morning to see some early sun and hoar frost along the banks of the Ribble. In many places the frost hung around all day and the countryside took on a magical old-fashioned winter look. The stretch of the river between Paythorne (where this picture was taken) to just after Sawley Abbey where it crosses the (old, proper) border into Lancashire is a delight and very much underrated as a place for walking. The Ribble Way offers some decent outings in this region but, because of access restrictions, the path often strays well away from the river.

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