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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