Sunday, 6th March 2011


Walk: Burholme Bridge, Whitewell, Stakes, Doeford Bridge, Knot Hill, New Laund Hill
Start Point: Burholme Bridge Grid Ref: SD 657 479
Distance: 9.5 miles Ascent: 1,100 feet
Weather: Mainly sunny with a cool breeze at times
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: An absolutely glorious day for walking with an easy route along one side of the Whitewell Gorge and back along the other side. One of the stepping stones at Stakes had been dislodged by ice during the winter so an extra 1.25 miles was added to the walk as I had to continue on to Doeford Bridge to cross the River Hodder. Great views to Longridge Fell, Totridge Fell, Dunsop Fell, etc. and pleasant green paths to tread, interspersed with some muddy tracks and a tarmac section.


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River Hodder from Burholme Bridge


Looking back to the Dunsop Valley


Signs of a different time


Farm at Stakes, a 17th century house with a Latin inscription above the door


Stepping stone across the River Hodder . . .


but one stone is missing!! (it can be seen downstream in the previous photo)


Doeford Bridge across the River Hodder


The river from the bridge


Impressive semi-detached (2007)


Glad I didn't need to navigate the ford


Whitewell Gorge from New Laund Hill, a perfect lunch spot


Dunsop Fell in the distance with Burholme Bridge in the centre


Cheese press last used in the 1860s

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