- A forested hill of merit
- Good views over the Forest of Bowland
- Choice of paths & tracks
Similar to Pendle Hill, Longridge Fell dominates the local area. Unlike Pendle though its flanks are covered in forestry and, as a result, offer a very different experience. Fortunately the summit peeps up above the forestry and affords some excellent views to the north & west, in particular towards Fair Snape Fell and the Trough of Bowland. There is access on the non-forested northern slopes but they are grim and I certainly cannot recommend any of them; steep, muddy and uninteresting. This is due to the geological phenomena known as a cuesta ridge where one side of the hill is steep (the edge) whilst the other is less so – basically an escarpment in my terms! The forestry routes from the south add a certain interest to the hill even if, like me, you prefer the openness and views of a treeless ascent. The forest is not over bearing with some deciduous woodland being planted to break up the dark coniferous forest.
Recommend: Easy access makes this a popular walk from the Lancashire ‘mill’ towns of Burnley, Blackburn, Wigan & Bolton.
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|OS Map:||O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale.Buy Map|
|Start Point:||SD 663397. An element of guess work as it is just off the OL41 map but it is where the forest road joins the main road. Aim straight up the track to start.|
|Height to Climb:||144ms (472 feet)|
|Terrain:||I found the forest road in good condition but a bit dull whilst the paths were muddy but much more fun.|
|Eating & Drinking:||The Shireburn Arms at Hurst Green is worthy of a visit particularly if, like me, you are a fan of JRR Tolkein. He worked at the nearby Stonyhurst College and drew much of his inspiration from the area.|
|Similar Walks Nearby:||In the Footsteps of Tolkein
Fair Snape Fell
Witches of Pendle…fell
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