From a high hill – the Clitheroe monkey

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.

Me and monkey BB1 at Clitheroe Castle, May 2014.

Me and monkey BB1 at Clitheroe Castle, May 2014.

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.

War memorial in the grounds of Clitheroe castle.

War memorial in front of Clitheroe castle.

After lunch we set of to find the monkey. Took about five seconds.

First sighting of BB1.

First sighting of BB1.

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.

BB1

BB1

BB1

BB1

And because of the location of this tree, you can get close up to the branches.

BB1

BB1

And have a good look at the spines.

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Growing tip. Resembles an artichoke?

Growing tip. Resembles an artichoke?

Also able to get a good close look at the trunk.

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So, a very satisfying monkey encounter. And a great start to the BB catalogue.

 

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BB1. A magnificent setting.

BB1. A magnificent setting.

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.

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