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.
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 car park behind the church, 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. Walk through New Laund Farm, and at the restored cheese press bear right to pass Reed Barn Cottage.
(2) When you reach Little Bowland Road, turn right and walk downhill to the road junction by Burholme Bridge.
(3) Turn right across the bridge. Follow the road beyond for a further 1⁄4 mile, looking out for a signposted “concessionary path” on your right.
Take the concessionary path and turn left, following the hedge on your left, and then a fenceline.
Cross a footbridge over a sidestream and follow a narrow path alongside the wall back to the Inn at Whitewell. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 384ft - Inn at Whitewell
1 : mi 0.16 - alt. 348ft - Stepping stones
2 : mi 0.8 - alt. 436ft - Little Bowland Road
3 : mi 1.22 - alt. 344ft - Burholme Bridge
D/A : mi 2.04 - alt. 384ft - Inn at Whitewell
Car park behind the church
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