A Hodder Trod

A scenic walk along both sides of the Hodder valley; the river is crossed via two sets of stepping stones. Those at Stakes at the southern end are rather uneven and at the time of writing in 2015 one w...; both sets may be impassable when the river is high (diversions are available). Field paths may be muddy.

Technical sheet
No. 18463414
A Bowland Forest Low walk posted on 14/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 14/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.74mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 443ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 466ft
Highest point Highest point : 587ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 292ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Bowland Forest Low
Starting point Starting point : N 53.916742° / W 2.520436°
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(D/A) Opposite the Inn at Whitewell, walk up the road past Whitewell Social Hall. Take a footpath on the right up some steps and climb to the house at Seed Hill.

(1) Turn right and follow the track (to the right of the waterworks tunnel compound).
Beyond an old quarry on the left, bear left to a gate, then turn right along the wall.
After the next gate (an old iron kissing gate), follow a fence along the hillside past a series of stiles and gates.
In the last field, ignore the gateway on the right, instead aiming for a point where an arm of woodland meets the road from the far side.

(2) Go through an iron gate into the road and turn left. Take a footpath on the right over a stile just beyond the wood.
Cross the field, erring towards the right-hand side, eventually meeting a projecting corner of the woodland on your right. Follow the woodland edge down to a stile and gate.
Beyond the wood, walk along a grassy terrace with low limestone outcrops to your right, before descending gradually to ford a side-stream close to the main river.

Beyond a kissing gate, leave the river and keep above and to the left of a wooded bank to reach a second kissing gate.

(3) Head slightly left and uphill, fording a second stream, to reach a gate and stile in the far corner.
Turn right and walk down the metalled drive (a footpath on the left by a barn, just before you meet the river, provides a diversion via Doeford Bridge if the stepping stones are impassable – see map).

(4) Opposite Stakes Farmhouse cross the stepping stones; follow the path beyond, then left over a farm bridge into a country lane.
Turn left uphill past a house (The Holly) and then right at a road junction.

(5) When the road bends left, take the farm drive straight on. Follow it past the converted Knot Barn to Lower Greystoneley (keep right). Beyond Ash and Bramblewood Barn enter the woodland on a rough descending track to a ford (slippery – use adjacent footbridge).

(6) Continue uphill to Higher Greystoneley and follow the drive out to the road. Turn right.
After a short distance, leave the road over a stile on the left. Cross another stile then aim for the farm beyond.
Thread left then right between the farm buildings to emerge near the farmhouse.

Turn left along a hedge then, beyond the farmhouse but before the next house, turn right onto a farm track.

(7) Follow this track out of the farmyard to the field’s end, then turn right over a stile next to a gate. Shortly swing left and follow the fence, then in the corner turn right to a ladder stile.
Climb half-right up the hill beyond – don’t miss the views down the valley behind you.

Beyond, descend to a gate and stile, then walk down the field to join a rough track to New Laund. Bypass the farmyard to the right.

(8) At the farm road, turn right (or left if diverting around the stepping stones – see map). Beyond the farmhouse, descend alongside the wood to the river. Cross the stepping stones then turn left to return to the Inn at Whitewell. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 384ft - Inn at Whitewel
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. 453ft - Old quarry
2 : mi 1.24 - alt. 472ft - Woodland
3 : mi 2 - alt. 308ft - Stream
4 : mi 2.61 - alt. 299ft - Stepping stones
5 : mi 3.12 - alt. 367ft - Ash and Bramblewood Barn
6 : mi 4.04 - alt. 495ft - Higher Greystoneley
7 : mi 4.67 - alt. 528ft - Views down the valley
8 : mi 5.44 - alt. 463ft - Stepping stones
D/A : mi 5.74 - alt. 384ft - Inn at Whitewel

Useful Information

Park your car behind the church.

Pdf link : http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/La...

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

Admin hiker
on Tue 25 Jan 2022 10:19:19 CET

Ah ah Thank you for this feedback ! That's indeed enjoyable when no one is around.
Good on your for this adventure. ;-)

Enjoy your hikes

Delphine - Community Developer

on Mon 24 Jan 2022 18:48:28 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/01/22
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

I'm glad we did this after a dry spell because it was even muddy then, so after rain it would be a big problem.
Don' even bother going to the first set of stepping stones unless you can pole vault over a big gap.
The second stepping stones are fine and even the aged pair that is my wife and me managed them comfortably.
The diversion of the first stepping stones added 2 to 3 miles (after going to the steps and turning back) and if the second stepping stones had been under water it would have added quite a few more miles.
We enjoyed the walk very much and on a bit of a dreary Monday did not meet a soul, HEAVEN

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