Ruined castles near Dunsop Bridge

  • Wild, moorland scenery
  • Two ruined castles
  • Delightful riverside walking

To say the castles are ruined is possibly generous, I struggled to find anything that might be Holdren Castle and Langden Castle is more like a shed than any castle I have seen. Nevertheless this is a fine circuit in remote scenery that reminded me somewhat of walking in central Scotland. There are good ‘stalkers’ tracks and rough roads built in to the rolling countryside with the high moors the domain really of grouse, pheasants and those who have a desire to shoot them. I certainly felt the desire to walk further whilst in the depths of the moors but this walk is just long enough and without doubt one of my favourite walks in the Forest of Bowland.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD632511. There is parking at the information point 2 miles west of Dunsop Bridge. Take the straight tarmacced lane to start the walk
Height to Climb: 308 ms (1,010 feet)
Terrain: Good walking except a wet marsh at Langden Castle and a faint path where the 'stalkers ' path stops on the high moor. Just head directly on and soon you will pass one of the line of shooting butts
Eating & Drinking: At weekends there is sometimes either a butty van or ice cream van at the start point. Alternatively travel back to Dunsop Bridge where there is a tea shop and pub
Similar Walks Nearby: The Trough of Bowland
Fair Snape Fell
Around Birkett Fell
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  1. Mark Thomson says:

    Quiet walk without seeing another soul, beautiful route albeit a little soggy in places. Some lucky person will also find a compass if they go off the beaten track where I did

  2. Janet Thatcher says:

    did this walk today and it was fabulous. We started at 9am and met no one all the way round. views are lovely. Car park was busy with families picnicking by the river when we got back to our car. got back home in time to watch Andy Murray win Wimbledon. A very satisfying day.

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