Sunday, 30th July 2017

Walk: Fair Snape Fell and Totridge
Start Point: Bleasdale Grid Reference: SD 573 453
Distance: 16.5 miles Ascent: 2,750 feet
Time: 8.5 hours
Weather: Mostly dry with low clouds

Seven brave souls joined the leader with not the slightest inclination as to how difficult this walk would turn out to be. It all sounded very straightforward when the leader introduced the walk before setting off. Little did we know that all the recent heavy rain had turned the Forest of Bowland into a massive peat bog which was almost impassable in places as the leader was to find out when he sank into the peat well above his knees at one point!

As we left Bleasdale the low cloud and mist started to clear, so by the time we reached the summit of Fair Snape Fell there were pretty good views to be had. We stopped here for our elevenses before setting off towards Totridge. It was only then that we realised how unforgiving and challenging the Forrest of Bowland was going to be today, as we had to battle our way across a very wet peat bog landscape all the way to the trig point.

From here we dropped down off the open access land and followed much easier field paths and farm tracks all the way back to Bleasdale. 

Setting off from Bleasdale

Our first view of Fair Snape Fell

Heading towards Fair Snape Fell

The climbing begins with Parlick in the distance

Fair Snape Fell summit

We leave Fair Snape Fell behind

We stop to regroup as the cloud thickens

Very wet!

Which way now?

Trig point on Totridge

The heather is just starting to come out

A great spot for lunch

Looking down to the Hodder valley

Looking up the Trough of Bowland with Whins Brow on the right

Same view from lower down

We pass through Whitemore

Stepping stones across Dinkling Green Brook . . .

as the group gathers together

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