I’ve had a lot of troubles with tightness in my lower leg lately and stretching wasn’t shifting it. I have spent the last few days foam rolling it once or twice a day for about 15 minutes (which made it feel sore afterwards), and sleeping with my leg on a hot water bottle. After about 5 days of this, I seem to have restored full and discomfort free range of motion in my ankle when the muscle is warmed up. There is still more work to do, but it seems to be working much better than stretching did.
I think stretching is pretty good for maintenance of a mostly healthy muscle, but once it’s decided it’s injured, it can do more harm than good.
In other news, the Met office has issued a yellow snow warning for today. If it was warmer, would it be a golden shower warning?