Wednesday, 24th July 2013

 

Walk: River Dunsop, Beatrix, Laythams, Dunsop Head, Whitendale, Brennand Valley, Closes Farm
Start Point: Lay-by near Langden Brook Grid Ref: SD 646 505
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 1,840 feet
Weather: Overcast but warm Time: 5 hours
Comments: Arriving at Dunsop Bridge I was disappointed to find that the car park is now Pay and Display so I parked beside Langden Brook (6 being the charge for over 4 hours). After cutting across to the Dunsop Valley via Closes Farm, I crossed the River Dunsop to navigate across the fields to Laythams Farm B & B. Soon turning off the road I made my way past Burn Side and onto the open fell to reach Dunsop Head. A clear path led across to Whitendale from where I climbed onto the shoulder of Middle Knoll. The intermittent path turned to farm track as I approached Brennand Farm then a tarmac stretch accompanied the River Dunsop back down the valley to meet my outward route at Closes Farm.

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Beatrix Fell from Closes Farm

 

A ramp as well as steps . . .

 

makes the bridge over the River Dunsop easily accessible

 

Oxenhurst Clough

 

A waymarker shows the way through the woodland

 

Laythams Farm B & B

 

An unexpected sight on the way to Burn Side

 

Dunsop Brook, on the way to . . .

 

Dunsop Head

 

Whitendale - my onward route can be seen to the left of the trees

 

Haymaking - in the field in the centre of the photo

 

A rather dry tarn on the shoulder of Middle Knoll

 

A bridge at the meeting of the Brennand and Whitendale valleys

 

River Dunsop - the perfect place for lunch

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