Monday, 26th October 2009


Walk: Slaidburn, Burn Side, Dunsop Head, Hornby Road (Roman Road), Croasdale House
Start Point: Slaidburn car park Grid Ref: SD 713 523
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,040 feet
Weather: Dry but dull
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: Heading out of Slaidburn past the Hark to Bounty Inn, this walk begins with a good stretch along a very quiet road. After following the drive to Burn Fell the route then takes to the fells, and some very boggy patches! Detours are necessary to avoid the wettest parts on the way to Dunsop Head and when leaving it again to head down to the Hornby Road. A section of concreted track gives some relief from the wet conditions before meeting them again whilst navigating down the Croasdale Valley. After passing Croasdale House the route soon leaves the access road to head across fields on the way back to Slaidburn. Despite the conditions underfoot this was a very enjoyable walk with some good views.


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Heading along the road past Hark to Bounty . . .


Dunsop Fell comes into view


Climbing past Burn Side farm a group of Belted Galloways are enjoying the grass


Looking down Dunsop Brook towards Stocks reservoir


Joining the old Hornby Road . . .


which is also known as Salters Way . . .


and which overlays the Roman Road as it climbs past an old quarry high on Croasdale Fell


The post marks the spot where a path leads down to Croasdale House


A marshy stretch leads to a bridge over Croasdale Beck . . .


which makes its way into the woodland


Another group of belted galloways . . .


one of which poses for the camera


Croasdale House


Approaching Slaidburn, Croasdale Beck makes its way under the bridge . . .


to join the River Hodder a short distance away

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