Around Birkett Fell

  • Rivers, moors, woodland and farms all compete
  • Dunsop Bridge is an idyllic spot
  • Interesting buildings throughout

I remember, in a previous life, arguing passionately for the inclusion of the Forest of Bowland in the portfolio of cottages which we ran. The area is beautiful, the village of Dunsop Bridge a particular high spot, and it is unspoilt. I completed the 7 mile walk round Birkett Fell and only met people as I passed the Inn at Whitewell; I think the image of the area is poor and it is often seen as a down market Dales although those in the know probably would like to keep it that way. All types of terrain are included in the walk around Birkett Fell. Starting off in the grounds of the stately home of Knowlmere  Manor the walk passes through woodland, farmland, stretches of moor and beside some beautiful stretches of riverside.

I particularly enjoyed the initial stretch through the grounds of Knowlmere Manor and then later past the well situated farm at Crimpton, through the trees and down to Whitewell with its nice pub and church. The views across towards the bulk of Fair Snape Hill reflect the contrasting nature of this walk. Due to the peace of the area the wildlife is excellent, particularly the bird life both on the river Hodder where I saw Oyster Catchers and higher up with buzzards and plenty of their smaller friends. Dunsop Bridge is a friendly little village, laying claim to be the central pivot of Britain, with lovely local walks along the river – accompanied by the ever expanding family of ducks that live here.

Recommend: Take the map, it is a great walk for developing map reading skills. No I didn’t get lost but it was close!

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Birkett Fell map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale.Buy Map
Start Point: SD 660501. Dunsop Bridge has a good value car park. Aim for Thorneyholme Hall and turn left for a clockwise circuit.
Height to Climb: 179 ms (587 feet)
Terrain: Can be wet particularly after Higher Birkett farm. The path around this point is also quite difficult to follow, trust yourself and the map!
Eating & Drinking: There is a small tea shop in the village serving excellent ice cream. Alternatively the Inn at Whitewell has plenty of character and there was a small van selling tea at Burholme Bridge when I passed.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fair Snape Fell
Trough of Bowland from Dunsop Bridge
Fells above Slaidburn
Places to Stay:


Inn at Whitewell