|Walk:||Dunsop Bridge, Closes Barn, Langden Intake, Langden Castle, Bleadale Water, Totridge Fell, Hareden Farm, Closes Barn|
|Start Point:||Dunsop Bridge car park||Grid Ref:||SD 661 501|
|Distance:||11.6 miles||Ascent:||2,100 feet|
|Weather:||Misty rain at the start but soon cleared to a dry but overcast day|
On my own
|Comments:||After navigating around Closes Barn, a short stretch along the road brought me to the entrance to Hareden Farm. Here the route crossed Langden Beck an went through pasture land with some quite a mixed group of sheep. They were also very watchful and as I crossed another bridge I realised that a number of their lambs were on the opposite side of the stream. Leaving the various families behind, I walked alongside the brook to Langden intake. A wide track took me up Langden valley to the Castle - a ruin of unknown origin. The path then forked off to follow Bleadale Water onto the fells tops. Before long I was walking through a section of peat hags but as the ground was firm underfoot I quickly made my way on to Totridge Fell. Investigating one steep descent I found a pleasant sheltered spot for lunch, enjoying quite an extensive view. I then backtracked to pick up a path the descended more gradually until it passed through Hareden Farm. It was then a matter of retracing my steps along the road and past Closes Farm, to take a short break on the village green before exploring the post box - situated in the dead centre of Great britain and 401 associated islands, also being the 100,000th public payphone.|
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This family group seems to be very inquisitive . . .
and follow me . . .
across the bridge (where more of their lambs are waiting)
Langden Castle - at least the windows remind you of a caslte!
Looking back down Bleadale Water . . .
Grouse butts are found at the tops of the track
Heading through a section . . .
of peat hags on the way to . . .
One route of descent looks over the River Hodder to Birkett Fell . . .
and across the flank of Totridge Fell to Staple Oak fell
The War Memorial in Dunsop Bridge . . .
and the bridge over the River Hodder . . .
adjoins the village green where the ducks are taking an afternoon nap
The 100,000th public payphone to be installed by BT . . .
in the exact centre of Great Britain and 401 associated islands