Fells above Slaidburn

  • Contrast farm, moor and riverside
  • The moor offers a great view of the area
  • Wildlife are a constant companion

I enjoy walking in the Forest of Bowland for 2 very specific reasons. The first reason is that it is quiet, the 2nd that any walk almost inevitably offers great contrasts of scenery. South of Slaidburn is no exception; the walk passes through farmland and pastures, before rising sharply on to the moorlands of Easington Fell and concluding with a lovely stroll along the River Hodder.

I do however find farms and farmers a challenge here and this walk is no exception; tempting as it is to name and shame the unfriendly ones (not that they would care) I will only say how helpful and pleasant the owners of Broadhead Farm were when I inadvertently headed off on the wrong field. However it is the moors which I enjoyed and I can safely say I have never seen such a site when I must have disturbed literally 100s of grouse on the bridleway above Fell Side; I just wish I had the camera to hand. The return along the banks of the River Hodder from Dunnow Hall is also very pleasant and actually makes a very pleasant short walk out of Slaidburn.

Recommend; Anyone who is summit bagging will take the 1 and a half kilometre detour to the true summit of Easington Fell (a Marilyn), although trackless it is much superior to the wet, dreary and desolate ascent from Harrop Fold to the east (which clearly I did first!).

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OS Map: 1/25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 712524. From Slaidburn car park (£1) head across the bridge, up the zig zag and take the clearly signposted track 30 yards beyond.
Height to Climb: 282 ms (925 feet)
Terrain: Passing through farm land can take a certain element of initiative! On this walk that is certainly the case, just trust the map. There are no difficulies once the moor is reached.
Eating & Drinking: Slaidburn is the key town in the Forest of Bowland but I would limit it to a straight choice between the Hark to Bounty pub and the Riverbank Tearooms.
Similar Walks Nearby: Trough of Bowland
A round of Birkett Fell
Exploring Stock’s Reservoir
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