I recently discovered that Flickr was a great place to find photos of monkeys (yes, other people like them just as much as me), and so I was having a browse which showed me the locations of some lovely monkeys. One I found was in the grounds of Clitheroe castle. So, I say to Ronnie, ‘Do you fancy a day out in Clitheroe?’
Clitheroe is a market town in East Lancashire in the Ribble Valley, about 60 miles from Liverpool. And it was a magnificent day out. Ronnie has written about it here.
But my main reason for visiting Clitheroe, was to hunt this magnificent monkey. Say hello to BB1.
The castle – a small keep – built on a natural limestone outcrop dominates the town. It is set in gardens which are landscaped and open to the public – the castle and the park were bought by the people of Clitheroe in 1920 and declared a memorial to the men who had lost their lives in the Great War. This is the war memorial statue which looks out across to Pendle Hill. Lovely.
After lunch we set of to find the monkey. Took about five seconds.
We take this path down from the castle and into the park where BB1 is located. Unusual to be able to get high above a monkey like this.
And because of the location of this tree, you can get close up to the branches.
And have a good look at the spines.
Also able to get a good close look at the trunk.
So, a very satisfying monkey encounter. And a great start to the BB catalogue.
So having successfully hunted this fine tree, we set off to explore Clitheroe further… And what did we find? More to follow.
More about this walk over on Ronnie’s blog – here.