Slaidburn – Croasdale Brook

  • Pretty village of Slaidburn
  • Walk through some pretty woodland
  • Good views of the Slaidburn fells


Slaidburn is the centre of tourism in the Forest of Bowland, which actually means very little as this is a quiet area which is still unspoilt by the lesser unsavoury elements of the tourist industry. 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 and Stock’s and Gisburn Forest are nearby but I have chosen a pleasant walk up Croasdale Brook through the small woods to the north of the village.

The walk passes the Myttons Craft Centre (which seemed closed) before crossing fields to the pretty woods around Croasdale House. The track then turns back on itself and in general follows the line of the river but takes to the land higher on the east side. The views get better with Stocks glimpsed and Gisburn Forest spotted whilst to the west the great moorlands circling the Trough of Bowland can be seen to good effect. The final views over Slaidburn are excellent and the village does offer a pleasant conclusion to this walk through a largely forgotten and certainly rarely visited, area.

Recommend: There is some more attractive woodland 1/2 a mile further north near the farmstead of Clough.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL41 Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale Buy Map
Start Point: SD 713523. There is a car park just over the bridge when entering Slaidburn. The walk starts up the 2nd right turn in the village before a path leads in to the woods.
Height to Climb: 89 ms (292 feet)
Terrain: The farmland after the woods can be wet and was when I did the walk, low lying farmland often is. The paths though are fairly obvious to follow.
Eating & Drinking: Choose from the excellent Hark to Bounty inn or local tea shop. All are good.
Similar Walks Nearby: Fells above Slaidburn
Circuit of Stocks Reservoir
The Trough of Bowland
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