Both hubby and I had taken the rest of the week off after the bank holidays and were looking for something to do when we randomly came up with the idea of a treasure hunt! Good old trusty google provided us with a great website called Treasure Trails. We decided on the area we wanted to go to, based on a lovely pub we had been to before, settling on a trail around the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. The website allows you to download the pack (at £5.99) with all the info you need. So after printing out all the clues out we were ready to go.
After looking at the weather forecast it looked like it was going to be a wet one! Even though a lot of the treasure hunt was done by driving from place to place, there was some searching to be done by foot and so the boot of the car was filled with wellies and wet weather gear!
The trail started at a place called Ribchester, well known for it’s Roman connections. As soon as we arrived I spotted a lovely tea rooms and of course we had to investigate!
We had a spot of lunch and some tea at The Potters Barn – the food was all homemade and delicious! We then set off on foot exploring Ribchester and finding the solutions to our clues, each time eliminating a place on the map as to where the ‘treasure’ could be.
We learnt a lot about the history of Ribchester and how there was a Roman fort there and also a Roman bath house
We next went to the church, dating from 1191. A lot of the graves in the churchyard were extremely old.
We got back to the car and continued on our trail, slowly marking off places on the map.
We arrived in Chipping, home of the oldest shop in the country that has been continuously trading.
Everywhere we went had bunting out and union flags flying, it all looked so pretty despite the grey skies! It is from here where my photos dry up, as the heavens literally opened. I was so busy concentrating on keeping dry I forgot to take photos! Despite being prepared we got quite a bit soggy! However, determined to carry on we got a few more clues before deciding to call it a day and head to the pub for dinner. So we finished at The Red Pump Inn at Bashall Eaves. They serve lovely home cooked food and after a gorgeous 3 course meal we were both ready for home!
We both had a fantastic day, visiting places we would never of thought of stopping in and learnt a few new facts along the way! If your looking for something to do, I would highly recommend going on a treasure hunt. We have left the last part of trail to hopefully finish on a brighter day as it involves a walk along the river Ribble which would be so pretty in the sunshine! We’ll just have to wait till next time to find the pot of gold!