Sunday, 27th October 2013

 

Walk: Burn Fell, Dunsop Head, Whitendale, Roman Road, Croasdale Fell, Tenter Hill
Start Point: Slaidburn car park (1.80) Grid Ref: SD 714 521
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 2,300 feet
Weather: Some heavy rain showers Time: 6.25 hours
Comments: After walking up the road past the Hark to Bounty we climbed parallel to Dunsop Brook before veering off to reach the trig point on Burn Fell. Circumnavigating the boggy sections we continued on to Dunsop Head and followed the peat bog track to Whitendale. A short section of good path soon deteriorated to a narrow and boggy track as it made its way across Whitendale Fell to the Hornby Road track. We followed this track, the site of a Roman Road, to reach a tarmac road which led back into Slaidburn. A good walk which was dry later in the day.

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Climbing from Slaidburn . . .

 

but the weather doesn't look too promising . . .

 

and it is very windy on Burn Fell

 

Descending through peat bog . . .

 

we make our way towards Whitendale . . .

 

as the sun touches the flanks of Middle Knoll

 

The group checks out the farm . . .

 

in Whitendale

 

After crossing the bridge . . .

 

and passing the farm . . .

 

we found a sheltered spot on Whitendale Fell . . .

 

for our lunch stop

 

Reaching the Roman Road . . .

 

the signpost . . .

 

clearly shows our route

 

An interesting wayside marker . . .

 

 part of the Lancashire Witches 400 programme . . .

 

which explored the heritage of the Lancashire Witches . . .

 

and the 400th anniversary of their trial and execution. (2012)

 

There have been original creative responses from a range of artists,
including Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and a new walking trail has been
established across Lancashire featuring work by Sue Flowers

 

John pointed out an alternative path . . .

 

but Robb advised us to stay on the main track as he had previously explored the alternative route

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