Sunday, 26th July 2009




Walk: Brennand Valley
Start Point: Roadside parking at Langden Brook Grid Reference: SD 632 512
Distance: 7.5 miles Ascent: 1,000 feet
Time: 4 hours    
Weather: Heavy cloud and rain becoming brighter but remaining overcast after lunch
Comments: Surprisingly, despite the appalling weather and worsening forecast, 14 ramblers joined the leader anticipating the planned walk up Langden Brook to Fiendsdale Head and onto the moors and peat bogs of Fair Snape Fell. However given the conditions it was felt the crossing of Langden Brook at its confluence with Fiendsdale Water would be very difficult and an alternative walk was suggested.

The walk started on a northerly heading past Sykes farm and a road sided limekiln, from an earlier age, before turning west onto the fells. Elevenses were taken quickly under the shelter of the trees and ruins of Trough House. The group continued the gentle climb to the start of Ouster Rake in good spirits despite the continuing rainfall. The descent of the rake led the group down to Brennand Farm at the head of the Brennand valley. The route followed the Brennand River to its joining with the River Dunsop where the weather improved . We had reached a point of interest where warning signs had been erected advising of a footpath closure due to an aggressive eagle owl which was reported to be attacking ramblers and walkers. Fortunately we were not going that way.

The group took lunch on a conveniently arranged pile of stones at a pleasant spot by the river before continuing down the valley towards Dunsop Bridge where we turned north and followed Langden Brook back to the starting point. As we headed back, Totteridge, the descent point of the planned route, still remained in the clouds.

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