Friday, 16th October 2009


Walk: Dunsop Bridge, Langden Intake, Losterdale, Trough House, Whins Brow, Ouster Rake, Brennand Valley, River Dunsop
Start Point: Dunsop Bridge car park Grid Ref: SD 660 501
Distance: 9.3 miles Ascent: 1,200 feet
Weather: A cold start to the day but mainly sunny
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Leaving the picturesque village of Dunsop Bridge the route heads out along the Trough of Bowland road before using a concessionary path between Hareden Brook and Langden Brook. Before long the route leaves the road to pass the ruin of Trough House before climbing the ravine between Whins brow and Staple Oak Fell. From the cross fence there is an indistinct path to the trig point on Whins Brow, with great views in all directions. Returning to the main path the descent is made along Ouster Rake and down to Brennand Farm. The surfaced road then leads alongside the  Brennand River which join the Whitendale River to form the River Dunsop. It is then a pleasant walk, mainly on surfaced track, back into Dunsop Bridge. Whilst there was a cool breeze on the fell top, the walk back down the valley was sheltered and it felt more like Jull than October - a beautiful day.


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Leaving the car park the route crosses the bridge . . .


and goes past the war memorial


The trees are certainly sporting their autumn outfits now


The Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady & St Hubert's, dates from 1864


Looking up Langden Brook to Hareden Nab


The Smelt Mill Cottages are the base for the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team


A well-preserved lime kiln . . .


just below the quarry


Trough Barn


Whins Brow stretches up to the left and Staple Oak Fell to the right


Trough House is in need of a little attention!


Looking back down the path to Trough House, in the trees, with Blaze Moss in the distance


The trig point on Whins Brow . . .


with views towards Ingleborough . . .


and over to Heysham


Descending Ouster Rake . . .


 the Brennand Valley comes into view . . .


Looks like a cow queue!


Looking back up the Brennand Valley with Brennand farm on the left and Lower Brennand on the right


The Brennand River . . .


is soon joined by the Whitendale River . . .


to become the River Dunsop


Devastation on the slopes of Beatrix Fell - all the trees removed


Playing with the light through a horse chestnut tree . . .


with leaves of many colours


A terrace of stone cottages at Holme Head

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