Gandhi in the Ribble Valley


A visit to the farm where Mahatma Gandhi stayed on his visit to the West Riding in 1931

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Date: Saturday 16 March 2019
Time: Meet 10:15 am Grindleton village. Opposite the Buck Inn. Roadside parking nearby. BB7 4QR
Walk Length: 4.5 miles

The walk will take approximately 2 to 2.5 hours
MODERATE pace. The walk involves some hill climbs and stiles.
Suitable for families.

We will follow the field and woodland paths leading to Heys Farm, once the weekend home of prominent Quaker and Darwen mill owner, Percy Davies. He invited Gandhi to stay here for the night in September 1931. Davies was a socialist and we will look at the stories behind the Indian leader’s visit to Heys Farm, which also operated as a workers’ class room and guest house. Gandhi was impressed with the countryside of the Ribble Valley and we will also visit a forgotten burial ground in West Bradford and explore the story of the ‘Farmer’s Steps’.

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Adult, Child