Woodland, farmland, some isolated farms and views to the moors beyond characterise this walk along Croasdale Brook from Slaidburn. The large village of Slaidburn has a pretty river front green.
Slaidburn is the centre of tourism in the Forest of Bowland. However this means very little as this is a quiet area unspoilt by an influx of visitors. It is a pretty place with a village green, superb church of St Andrew’s, the Hark to Bounty pub all set on the embryonic River Hodder and nearby Stock’s Reservoir. South of Slaidburn there is some excellent moorland walking with views over Stock’s and Gisburn Forest. However on this occasion I have chosen a pleasant walk up Croasdale Brook through woods and fields to the north of the village.
The walk passes the Myttons Craft Centre before crossing fields to the pretty woods around Croasdale House. The track then turns back on itself and keeps close to the river but on the land above the eastern banks. The views improve with Stocks glimpsed and Gisburn Forest spotted. Away to the west the great moorlands circling the Trough of Bowland can also be seen to good effect. The final view over Slaidburn is excellent. In addition the village does offer a pleasant conclusion to this walk after a largely forgotten and certainly rarely visited area.
There is some attractive woodland half a mile further north near the farmstead of Clough.
Sometimes I look at any walk and think not today. Not that there is anything wrong with the walk, just that it would not be enjoyable. The problem could be the weather. Do not attempt this walk after moderate to heavy rains. It is a wet and muddy ordeal. The clue is the amount of small streams marked on the map. They are everywhere.
We attempted this walk and got as far as lanshaw farm and had to turn back as it wasn’t clear which way to go and the directions were very vague. It’s the first time we have ever been unable to complete a circular walk.
That is a shame. The path goes from Myttons to Bridge Ed and north across the fields. Difficult to find at Myttons
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