Thursday, 17th September 2009


Walk: Slaidburn, Easington Fell, Walloper Well, Sadler Hill, Foulscales, Newton, River Hodder
Start Point: Slaidburn car park Grid Ref: SD 713 523
Distance: 9.3 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Weather: A cloudy day with little wind
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Walk 3 from Paul Hannon's book, 'Bowland', with an extension to Foulscales and Newton. Leaving Slaidburn across the bridge the walk quickly heads across pasture land on a good path. It seems the rough stony track heading up onto Easington Fell used to be a sunken grassy track - a disappointing development. Eventually the stony track is left behind but any feelings of being 'out on the moors' are lost when the Clitheroe-Slaidburn road is approached. However this road is soon left behind and as the cairn on Sadler Hill came into view I decided that a detour was necessary to explore the area. Curiosity satisfied I continued with the route which was now the extension I had added on to visit Foulscales and Newton before returning alongside the River Hodder. The route was a good mixture of grassy tracks, farm tracks and off-path walking. 


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The River Hodder from Slaidburn bridge


Easington Fell . . .


and Sadler Hill


Skelshaw - a quite imposing looking building . . .


and again from the back


I'm glad the Highland Cattle are friendly . . .


but perhaps sheep are not so welcome


Detouring across to Sadler Hill . . .


a tarn was hiding in a depression


The large cairn on Sadler Hill invited exploration


The sycamore tree shows distinctive signs of Autumn


Time for a morning nap


The grouse are quick to . . .


make a run for it . . .


and some head across the field . . .


but this one can't decide which way to go


Ready for renovation??!!


The River Hodder is spanned by . . .


Newton Bridge


A colourful flower triangle in Newton . . .


and nearby cottages


Dunnow Hall from the path by the River Hodder

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