Philip Lord’s walking challenge

Our 82 year old Chairman, Philip Lord, is taking part in his very own walking challenge!

Philip's walk route

Each day (except from Sundays when he does it twice!) Philip is walking from his home and completing a 4.7 mile circuit of the area, known as The Ring of Whitewell. Philip will shortly be reaching his initial target of 100 miles, but he hopes to carry on this daily walk well into the future.

Alongside his four-legged friend Freddie, Philip is hoping to raise enough money to cover the tens of thousands of pounds of extra costs the Ribble Rivers Trust has incurred as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Your kind donations help Ribble Rivers Trust to conserve and improve the River Ribble, and the rivers across Lancashire and North Yorkshire that flow into it, for wildlife, for people, and for the future generations.

Please scroll down for Philip’s fundraising updates.

To support Philip head over to gofundme.com/f/philip-lords-walking-challenge and help Philip reach his fundraising goal, or you can donate using the form below!
Philip’s fundraising updates
22nd February

“By this week Freddie and I have reached 300 miles and have walked 63 times around the ring at Whitewell, which was my first target. Donations are growing but we still need to do more, so I am aiming to do another 200 miles in four weeks. It’s quite a demanding schedule for this 82-year-old, but I am determined to carry on. Hopefully the weather will continue to improve- the first curlews have arrived, a sign every year that spring is on its way. Freddie is doing well but does need an odd day off to have a free run off the lead.

In Col. Parker’s introduction to Bolland History:
Bolland means the land of the cattle – derived from the Norse Bu, meaning cattle, hence Bulland, now Bowland.
The Forest of Bolland was indeed a forest with a good growth of trees and two royal deer parks.

Over the forty-five years that Joan and I have lived at Cow Ark we have noticed a great change in weather patterns. One of the many things that the Trust is doing is planting many more trees to help combat climate change, along with the help of our dedicated volunteers.

Please do circulate as much Ribble Rivers Trust material as you can to help the Trust, and visit their website to find out more about their work: ribbletrust.org.uk

Thank you for your support.

16th February

As Philip edges ever closer to his fundraising goal of £2,000, he has sent us another weekly update to share with you.

“This week has been bitterly cold, with an east wind and, in exposed places, lying snow and ice on the roads. However, the walking has been enjoyable.

At Cow Ark we are 600ft above sea level and can be above the snow line, but the highest point of the walk is the top of Hall Hill, which overlooks Whitewell and the River Hodder, with the Trough of Bowland in the distance above Dunsop Bridge. This week the views have been magnificent with the snow topped fells all around. The ring from Cow Ark goes through the beautiful Duchy of Lancaster Estate. The Inn at Whitewell would, in normal times, be the perfect pit-stop.

This week has gone well, and I expect to pass 300 miles by the end of February, with the intention of going on further.

I have changed my schedule slightly, as Sunday afternoon is ZOOM Day with the Lord family, including Stephen in Minneapolis (where tonight the temperature is forecast for -30 centigrade- and we think it is cold here)! So, I am now going to walk two circuits on four days and one circuit on three days. This schedule will enable me to do fifty miles per week through the beautiful Duchy of Lancaster Estate as usual, and will allow Freddie to have runs off lead on his favourite short local walks for three afternoons a week with Millie and Tigger, our daughter’s two Labradors.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting the Ribble Rivers Trust with your donations, including the gentleman who stopped on Hall Hill and offered a lift to a snow covered stranger and dog. After I had explained what I was doing he gave me a donation of twenty pounds for the Trust. Thank you!



Philip is getting extremely close to his new target of 200 miles, and today we have an update from Philip himself!

“On Thursday 7th January I started walking around the Ring at Whitewell, a distance of 4.7 miles. As I have become fitter, I have gradually increased the number of walks per week.

During the last week, 31st January to 7th February, I have walked 12 circuits bringing the total mileage covered to 188 miles.

This week we have had very varied weather, from brilliant sunshine on Monday, when all the birds were singing as I walked along the wood sides, to a beautiful snowy day with all the trees and hedges covered on the Tuesday, with no birdsong and little traffic, and then really heavy rain on the Saturday.

Freddie has been a stalwart companion, but I am not certain that he will walk every walk with me because he likes a change of direction and a run!

The only drawback to walking this time of year is the amount of clothing needed in inclement weather, but once I am togged up I enjoy the exercise, and on a cold wet morning a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade parkin is very welcome when I come home.

A very big thank you to all the people who have supported us so far. Donations have come from USA, South Wales, and many local people.

So here we go again – the next target is 300 miles.


Philip has now raised over £600 of his £2,000 target with his walking challenge and has already beaten his 100-mile target! But there is no stopping Philip, and he has already set a new goal of 200 miles

So far Philip has completed 23 circuits of the Ring at Whitewell, and as well as doing the walk twice on a Sunday, Philip has also been extending the walk on some days with an extra climb to the top of Hall Hill and back.

Freddie is also enjoying his challenge and has accompanied Philip every step of the way. In fact, despite Hall Hill being a push, both Philip and Freddie are finding it easier as time goes on. So far, the only things that have stood in their way were Storm Christoph, and a whiteout in the snow.

It’s an amazing personal achievement for Philip at the age of 82 years old, so thank you very much for supporting him!

Your kind donations help Ribble Rivers Trust to conserve and improve the River Ribble, and the rivers across Lancashire and North Yorkshire that flow into it, for wildlife, for people, and for the future generations.