Brollies to Parasols
Over 30 members and guests of Stone & District Probus Club enjoyed a thoroughly good day out on Monday 20th June.
It may have been the summer solstice but there was not much about summer when we set out and brollies were the order of the day. The day started with heavy rain during our coach journey north to our destination just outside Preston. However, spirits on the coach were not dampened as all had seen the forecast indicating sunny weather for the afternoon. The rain eased and finally stopped as we passed Manchester and the day was dry as we arrived at our first destination, Samlesbury Hall. Samlesbury Hall is a Grade I listed medieval historic manor house in Samlesbury, Lancashire, England, and 6 miles east of Preston and was built in 1325 by Gilbert de Southworth.
The hall nestles amid 5 acres of gardens, a short distance from the meandering waters of the River Ribble. During the “free to wander” tour of the oak timbered 14th-century country mansion, most of us managed to catch a glimpse of a Samlesbury witch and Henry VIII in his rich historical garments.
This part of our day, although short, was very enjoyable and we could have spent more time touring the hall and the grounds. But time passed very quickly and we re-boarded our coach for the short journey to what would be the highlight of the day.
Cruise & Dine
After a group photo we boarded MV Romance to cruise the Leeds Liverpool canal and experience a delicious three-course meal prepared and cooked fresh by the on-board culinary team.
Within minutes of starting our three-hour Lunch Cruise, the sun made a full appearance. From the cruise base at Riley Green Marina, we passed through Withnell Fold Nature Reserve and on through delightful countryside set against the stunning backdrop of the famous Hoghton Tower where James I Knighted the loin of beef, Sirloin.
We continued cruising reaching the lovely hamlet of Wheelton and Johnson Hillocks where we descended and ascended two locks before commencing the return journey.
The canal boat restaurant has a fully licensed bar and extensive wine list with very comfortable and spacious seating and all enjoyed the very relaxing atmosphere on board.