Exploring Lothersdale

  • Moorland walk on Elslack Moor
  • Explore the attractive village of Lothersdale
  • Quiet area except for Pennine Way walkers

I spent 10 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, if potentially a little dark during the winter months. However the walks looked good as I drove past, the main route out of the village serviced by the Pennine Way.

I headed out in early 2018 to explore the area between Lothersdale and Earby (in particular the Beacon on Elslack Moor). The weather was superb and the walking good as we climbed steeply north up the Pernnine Way. I always enjoy moorland walking and the views towards the Dales and out west from near the beacon, an excellent viewpoint. From the beacon I did explore the moors towards Earby but ended up returning to the beacon and a pleasant walk return via some farmland above Lothersdale.

Recommend: Spend some time exploring the village and taking a drink in the Hare and Hounds to understand better this very pleasant and largely ignored part of the world.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL21 South Pennines
Start Point: SD 958460. Park on the roadside near the Hare and Hounds and join the Pennine Way (clearly signposted) to the east of the pub.
Height to Climb: 200 m (650 feet)
Terrain: Good walking on the moors, the path is a little intermittent on the fields lower down, particularly on the descent.
Eating & Drinking: Hare and Hounds in Lothersdale, a genuine locals pub with plenty going on.
Similar Walks Nearby: Sawley and the River Ribble
Sharp Haw, near Skipton
Discovering Wuthering Heights
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