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.
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) From the front door of the Inn at Whitewell, turn right and walk round the church and down into the car park.
Follow the signposted footpath to the stepping stones.
(1) Cross the stepping stones and walk up the field beyond, keeping close to the edge of the wood on your left.
After the farmhouse on your right, take a footpath through a gate on the left and skirt the farm buildings.
Follow a rough track with a small stream on your left, then continue across a field with low limestone crags to your right.
Beyond a stile and gateway, head uphill over a limestone shoulder as magnificent views open up down the Hodder valley.
Bear slightly right then descend leftwards to a ladder stile over a wall. Turn right along the wall for a few yards then turn left and follow a fence. At the corner, turn right, still alongside the fence. Cross a stile beside a gate and swing left to join a farm track.
(2) When you reach Fair Oak turn left; by the farmhouse take the right-hand track.
At the end of the hedge turn right into the farmyard; turn left in front of an old stone barn (dated 1724), bear right between two newer farm buildings, then left to a stile into a field.
Walk diagonally across the field towards the far right-hand corner, near which you will find a stile; cross a narrow field beyond to another stile into a country lane.
(3)Turn right along the lane to a junction near an isolated telephone box. Take the driveway opposite (signposted “Private Road”) over a cattle grid.
Follow the metalled driveway for 3⁄4 mile behind the low limestone ridge of Long Knots, before descending to Dinkling Green Farm.
(4) Just before the farm entrance, go through a gate on the right (with a Tramper Trail sign) and bear left through another gate to cross an old stone bridge over the stream.
Climb the bank beyond and bear half-right to a gate on the far side of the field.
Look out for a stile on the right that leads down to the stream; walk upstream to a ford and footbridge on your right.
(5) Cross the stream and walk up to the farm. Unless signposted otherwise, turn left into the farmyard and exit in front of the farmhouse.
Turn left along the farm drive, then right at a fork. Follow the metalled drive between two limestone outcrops and then round to the right until you reach a house (Tunstall Ings).
(6) Just beyond the house, turn left across the field in the direction of a limestone quarry.
(7) At the road, turn left for a short distance, then right onto a footpath through a gateway.
Skirt to the left of the limestone hillock then bear right to the left-hand of two gates.
Follow a fence and line of trees to another gate, beyond which follow the fence (now on your left).
Go through a gate into a farm drive and turn right past the restored cheese press.
Walk between the buildings of New Laund Farm, then head steeply downhill beside the wood on your right.
Cross the stepping stones again and bear left to return to the Inn at Whitewell. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 381ft - The Inn at Whitewell
1 : mi 0.14 - alt. 348ft - Stepping stones
2 : mi 1.13 - alt. 528ft - Fair Oak
3 : mi 1.33 - alt. 541ft - Ridge of Long Knots
4 : mi 2.25 - alt. 623ft - Dinkling Green Farm
5 : mi 2.5 - alt. 696ft - Limestone outcrops
6 : mi 3.07 - alt. 699ft - Limestone quarry
7 : mi 3.33 - alt. 610ft - Limestone hillock
D/A : mi 4.17 - alt. 384ft - The Inn at Whitewell
Park your car behind the church.
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