Moors north of SlaidburnD151
- Lonely moorland walking
- Mix of rough lanes or paths
- Excellent bird life
There is a large expanse of rarely visited moorland to the north of Slaidburn and Dunsop Bridge which I had not visited until recently when I had been asked to plan a walk for a 100 km challenge (fortunately I will not be participating!!). The weather was misty and cool as I set off to reccie one of the more remote spots, the ground underfoot damp and the tracks unknown.
Initially the walking was good along an old coach road (so easy I was tempted by White Hill to the north) but I knew that the descent in to Whitendale would surely be more challenging. Actually it was not as bad as I had expected and I soon arrived at the lonely farm buildings of Whitendale Farm. A great spot but surely the scene of some traditional old ghost stories or the home of a mad axeman. Hurrying through there was still much to do with the walk barely half done. The car was still nearly 3 miles away over some rough, in places trackless moorland but probably my favourite section, the views across to Stocks Reservoir and Gisburn Forest particularly impressive. It is not a spot to get lost but thoroughly enjoyable none the less, just me and the birds.
Recommend: Next year I am going to learn more about the birds of our area, after such a time my knowledge is really poor.
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|OS Map:||O/S Explorer. OL 41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map|
|Start Point:||SD 692 549. Park on the roadside, past the farm and before the shut gate at the road end. Head through the gate and follow the coach road initially NE before turning NW.|
|Height to Climb:||435 ms (1,430 feet)|
|Terrain:||The coach road is good but the tracks and paths thereafter, albeit straightforward to follow, are typical wet moorland treks.|
|Eating & Drinking:||Drive back to Slaidburn for a choice of cafe or the Hark to Bounty pub|
|Similar Walks Nearby:||Ruined castles near Dunsop Bridge
A Circuit of Stocks Reservoir
Trough of Bowland from Dunsop Bridge
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