Friday, 18th June 2010


Walk: Wood House Lane, Croasdale Fell, Roman Road, Whitendale Fell, Whitendale Farm, Dunsop Head, Burn fell, Dunsop Fell
Start Point: Verge on Wood House Lane Grid Ref: SD 692 547
Distance: 9 miles Ascent: 1,400 feet
Weather: Dull but warm and dry
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: The beginning of the walk along the moorland road can become a little tedious as it is mainly a stony track. Known as the Hornby Road it overlays a Roman Road in places and used to be a packhorse route used to transport salt from Morecambe Bay to the farms of Bowland and the Ribble Valley. Turning off to head down beside the Whitendale River the narrow path is well marked. After passing Whitendale Farm the route heads up a zig-zag path and through heather to Dunsop Head, the crossing point of three fell top footpaths. From here I diverted to the trig point on Burn Fell before making my way across Dunsop Fell and back to the car.


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From Croasdale Fell the stony track stretches back . . .


and ahead for some distance


This shooting hut looks very substantial


With little of interest to photograph, Great Bull Stones provide a focal point


Heading down the Whitendale Valley . . .


where a cairn, marked on the map, is quite unexpected


The river meanders beside the path for part of the way


It looks like this sheep had triplets . . .


till one wanders away calling for its mother


An interesting garden area behind Whitendale Farm


Climbing up from Whitendale Farm . . .


a truck makes its way along the narrow road . . .


with a workers' hut on the back


After approaching the farm . . .


the truck turns around . . .


and deposits the hut - entertainment while I have my morning break!


The trig column on Burn Fell . . .


and life would be easier if I had a tripod


I wouldn't stay around here for too much longer!

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