Wednesday, 9th November 2011




Walk: Dunsop Bridge, Giddy Bridge, Burholme Bridge, bit of road, Whitemore, Tunstall Ing, Hareden Farm then back
Start Point: Dunsop Bridge Grid Reference: SD 660 502
Distance: 8.6 miles Ascent: 1,373 feet
Time: 5 hrs    
Weather: Weather dull but clear views and no rain. Sometimes very muddy underfoot
Comments: 28 of us left the car park at Dunsop Bridge. Met Betsy’s brother who went another way when he saw us! No shooting party at Knowlmere Manor as we saw on the Friday recce so all the practiced forelock tugging went to waste. Gentle climb onto the moor on Hodder Bank Fell, then after much grumbling, elevenses at Burholme Bridge. Some road walking, a gentle climb to lunch at Whitemore. Roger and Keith, our two national treasures, set a cracking pace, but eventually the mud slowed them down and we caught up. At Whitemore, trees had been felled so there were more spectacular views. A muddy plod to Mellor Knot then a pleasant bridleway (which I completely missed on the recce) down to Langden Brook and over fields back to Dunsop Bridge.

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Group at start


Walking up the drive to Thorneyholme Hall


River Hodder near Thorneyholme Hall


Passing Thorneyholme Hall


Please take us with you


Heading for . . .


Knowlmere Manor


Matril Laithe . . .


ready for refurbishment?


Autumn's colour scheme on Hodder Bank Fell


Over the rise gives views of Totridge Fell, etc


An Autumnal scene at Fielding Clough


Coffee stop near Burholme


Is it a quarry . . .


or a cave or mine?


No it was a lime kiln with its own supply of limestone


Norman hangs his washing out to dry . . .


at the lunch stop


Heading for Whitemore, the woods, which way?


Now you know


Whitemore Woods


Rather desolate due to forestry work and high winds


Heading for Hareden, with Smelt Mill, the Bowland and Pennine Rescue Centre


Downhill to . . .


Hareden Farm


Langden Brook . . .


in the Trough of Bowland


Stile or muddy gateway at Closes Farm, as we near Dunsop Bridge

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