Walk and Ride Pennine festival along the Green Route!

Last update: 17.09.12 First posted: 17.09.12 by in

What a busy day! Saturday was forecast to be warm and sunny…ideal herb gathering weather…members of the Apothecary team worked throughout the morning to harvest some of the herbs in the Apothecary garden ready to dry for the harvest festival…but we had time for a chat with a tour of the town that passed through, Tour Guide extraordinaire, Richard Parkes’ dulcet tones announcing their arrival!

With just time to grab a quick lunch with Nik in the Cotton Mill
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(a delicious Incredible Edible Growing salad- yummy) Estelle texted me to say she was on her way to the train station!…I hurriedly gobbled down the last of my lunch, and, leaving Nik to pay (a good ruse!) I legged it up to the station where we had arranged to meet the folk who had signed up for the South Pennine Walk and Ride Festival’s Green Route Walk. The sun was shining, and we chatted to folk as they arrived, all excited in anticipation of the delights they were about to see. It was great to see a number of local faces as well as folk who had travelled from further afield!

Estelle and I took them to see the Bee route mural at library lock and then under the road via the old tow path tunnel…once on the canal path, our visitors were amazed by the waggle dance willow hive and some looked tempted to have a go…we fed them fennel and other interesting herbs and all were interested to find out more about making teas from the herbs that were growing there…

We continued along the tow path, through the gate into the ‘Bee Well’ apothecary garden where more sampling took place, and then on to the Shakespearean herb beds at the Hippodrome…

Before turning off the main road and strolling down Pollination Street…our showcase site for 2012…

We finished off the tour by taking them through the market hall and up to the police station…They loved it! Crossing the Burnley road, we walked past the community beds before heading up the side of the Ormerod centre and up to the Butterfly garden, a good example of collaboration between Todmorden in Bloom and Incredible Edible Todmorden…We finished the tour back at the train station, all having enjoyed a splendid two-hour walk along the green Route…our visitors were thrilled and all vowed to return and explore some more…After pointing the walkers to a variety of establishments where they could enjoys Incredible Edible refreshments, Estelle and I hurried off to our next appointments…and the Sun shone throughout!

Life as an IET’er is an endless rush of things to do!

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