A somewhat wilder walk over Birkett Fell, rewarded with wide views over the Hodder valley and encounters with some intriguing limestone features. There are two moderate climbs; the moorland can be bleak in poor weather and paths may be indistinct and boggy in places.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Join the concessionary path beside the road towards Dunsop Bridge from Whitewell.
Cross a footbridge over a side-stream and go through a kissing gate, then walk up the field past Higher Whitewell Farm. At a wall before an old stone barn, turn right over a stile into the road and turn left.
(1) At Burholme Bridge do not cross, but take the farm drive to the right of the river.
Follow the track to and through the farm and swing left beyond the farmhouse to a ford and footbridge; turn right over a stile and up the stream to another.
(2) Keep on up the slope with the small stream valley to your right.
Eventually you cross a ladder stile into open moorland, by a junction of walls. Follow the moorland path beyond, indicated occasionally by marker stones.
The path passes between two woods and descends to a gate in a wall. Walk down the hill beyond (well to the left of an isolated stone barn) over three stiles to Giddy Bridge.
(3) Cross the bridge and walk through a small wood, then turn right along a track through the farmsteads of Lower and Higher Birkett.
Drop to a ford then climb the hill beyond, keeping well to the right of the wood on your left.
In the far corner of the field a ladder stile leads out into open moorland. Turn half-left and follow a path down to a stream (passing a waymark post).
(4) Ford the stream downstream of an old sheepfold and head up the far bank on an initially indistinct path that becomes more obvious as it climbs the hillside beyond.
Aim to the left of Marl Hill Farm to reach a stile by a lone tree; follow the wall beyond through a couple of fields to a road.
(5) Turn right along the road, passing the farm, and descend to a stream. At the bottom, turn right into the drive to Crimpton Farm.
(6) The original footpath goes through the farm, but a signposted concessionary footpath diverts below and to the right of the buildings.
Climb back up to the footpath beyond the farm and continue in the same direction as before. Beyond a belt of trees, aim for the far left-hand corner of the next field to find a stile into the wood.
(7) Turn right and follow the path, sometimes boggy, through the coniferous woodland.
Climb a ladder stile into a field and walk downhill, aiming right of a small fenced-off wood (which contains a vertical pothole called Hell Hole; below the wood, to the right of the path, a streamlet drops down a tiny limestone waterfall and disappears into a swallet).
Head to the left of the next wood to a stile and then join an obvious track that leads out to the road.
(8) Cross straight over through a gate by a former lime kiln and head half-right, aiming left of another wood before bearing further right, downhill, to a gate.
(9) Walk down the slope to meet the drive to Seed Hill beside the house. Pick up a path opposite that leads downhill to the left of the burial ground wall. Go down the steps to the road, and turn left to return to the Inn at Whitewell. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 384ft - Inn at Whitewell
1 : mi 0.77 - alt. 341ft - Burholme Bridge
2 : mi 1.3 - alt. 443ft - Open moorland
3 : mi 2.67 - alt. 430ft - Lower and Higher Birkett
4 : mi 3 - alt. 466ft - Marl Hill Farm
5 : mi 4.15 - alt. 817ft - Crimpton Farm
6 : mi 4.6 - alt. 774ft - Belt of trees
7 : mi 4.91 - alt. 879ft - Small fenced-off wood
8 : mi 5.52 - alt. 614ft - Lime kiln
9 : mi 5.65 - alt. 597ft - Seed Hill
D/A : mi 5.97 - alt. 387ft - Inn at Whitewell
Park your car behind the church.
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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.
An easy stroll across the River Hodder via the stepping stones, returning via Burholme Bridge. One steep climb and some road walking. Field paths may be soft and muddy after rain and the stepping stones may be impassable when the river is in spate.
A pleasant stroll with superb views down the Hodder valley and a gentle pastoral return via a series of farms. One steep climb and descent above the stepping stones. Field paths may be muddy after rain and the stepping stones may be impassable when the river is in spate.
Without the optional ascent of Totridge this is a fairly long but mostly undemanding walk, apart from a moderate climb to the shoulder of Mellor Knoll. The fellside climb to Totridge is steep and the trig point is on high peat moorland (avoid in poor visibility), but the reward for the effort on a clear day is an exceptional view that includes Pendle Hill and the tops of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The stepping stones may become impassable after heavy rain.
Ths Forest of Bowland offers some of the finest walking in Lancashire. However some of the moorland sections can be quite boggy after rain. A good sense of direction is required certainly during the first section of this walk. Refreshments are not available during this walk so make sure you take food and water.
The walk starts Ribchester Arms, Ribchester and follows clockwise circular route via Duddle Wood, Higher Hud and River Ribble.
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Explore the Ribble and its tributaries, find three medieval crosses, and visit a pretty village.
Three highlights: Swanside packhorse bridge, the idyllic village of Downham, and the ruins of Sawley Abbey.
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