512 Duddel Wood, Ribchester

Whether you know it as milkmaid, lady's smock, or its Sunday best name of Cardamine pratensis, the cuckoo flower makes a lovely splash of colour in the meadows beside the River Ribble. Yet although known right back to the Romans, it is surprisingly not associated with a cure for anything. In Germany its reputation is even worse, for bringing the flower indoors invites a lightning strike, while in Austria anyone picking it will be bitten by an adder. Experts say the leaves are edible, but you'll enjoy it much more by just looking!

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LOCATION: Eight miles east of Preston
START: Ribchester Roman Museum car park, signed from B6245, toilets
Grid ref: SD649353 Postcode: PR3 3YE
DISTANCE: 6 miles
GRADE: Moderate
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer - West Pennine Moors Landranger 102
NOTE: Museum open every day
REFRESHMENTS: Ribchester & De Tabley Arms
EN ROUTE: Rible Way, Stydd, Salesbury, Dinckley


This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

   
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