|Walk:||Parlick, Fair Snape Fell, Wolf Fell, Saddle Fell, Fair Oak Fell, Totridge, Whitemore, Dinkling Green, Lickhurst Farm, Wolfen Mill|
|Start Point:||Fell Foot lay-by||Grid Reference:||SD 601 442|
|Distance:||13.5 miles||Ascent:||2,550 feet|
|Comments:||Taking the more gradual route I visited Parlick before continuing on to Fair Snape Fell where I stopped for a morning break. After reaching the highest point at the junction of three fells I continued on the path to Totridge. This entailed nearly 3 miles of peat hags, bog and an intermittent path. For some reason a large number of stiles had been placed at various points in the fence beside the path??!! While the erosion below the Totridge trig point looked significant, on looking back it didn't seem to have changed much since I was last there in 2010. After a stop on the flanks of Totridge I gradually navigated my way through fields, along tracks and around farms - not always an easy task. A good walk more enjoyable in some parts than others!|
Fair Snape fell from Parlick . . .
where I check out the old fence post
Parlick summit and shelter
Cairn on Fair Snape Fell . . .
and taking it easy at the trig point
A flagged path passes eroded peat hags . . .
but doesn't take you very far
The cairn at the highest point on the fell
Heather in bloom on the way to Totridge
Just one example of the widespread erosion . . .
which is beginning to undermine the trig point
Looks like rocks have been placed . . .
to try to limit the erosion
Ingleborough and the Dunsop Fells from Totridge . . .
where I pose by the trig point (before it disappears!)
An upside down world - as the camera fell off my backpack . . .
and a moment of madness!!
More peat hags looking towards Dunsop
Mellor Knoll - as I stop for lunch on the slopes of Totridge . . .
and the River Hodder meanders by
A peacock butterfly enjoys the sun
Walking through Whitemore plantation . . .
the path is more like an obstacle course . . .
as trees on the right have been felled and possible some nearby knocked over . . .
to block the path . . .
and as I leave the obstructions behind the creaking in the trees causes alarm . . .
until I see the cause of the noise
Dinkling Green Brook
Longridge to the right and Pendle in the distance - and as I take the photo . . .
the sheep decide to join me (until they realise I'm not there to feed them!)
A red admiral enjoys the buddleia
Arriving back at my starting point - glad I parked at the bottom of the hill!