Lothersdale is a hidden valley tucked in between Airedale and the Lancashire mill towns. The walk exploring Lothersdale is a mix of fields, moorland and a trig point with good views of the area.
I spent ten years working in Earby but never made it over to walk in Lothersdale. Very remiss of me! I had driven through a few times and found the village attractive but I had never left the car to explore further. However the area for walking looked interesting both on viewing and also from my O/S map. In addition Lothersdale is on the route of the Pennine Way. It was time to discover more.
I headed out in early 2018 to explore the area of moorland between Lothersdale and Earby. In particular I was after the trig point on Elslack Moor. The weather was superb and the walking good as I climbed steeply north up the Pennine Way. Before long I had passed through the sheep fields and entered the moors. The trig point arrived soon after. I always enjoy moorland walking and the views towards the Yorkshire Dales and out west from near the beacon were excellent. From the beacon I headed north for a while to explore the moors overlooking Earby. However I ended up returning to the beacon and a pleasant walk return via some farmland above Lothersdale.
Spend some time exploring the village. Take in a drink in the Hare and Hounds to understand better this very pleasant and largely ignored part of the world.
In any areas of farming land following a footpath can be tricky. It is often not obvious on the ground and is a problem with farm tracks often adding to the confusion. To follow the path look for the stiles in the dry stone walls, these are always on the line of footpaths.
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