176 pages, Col illus
Lancashire boasts two sizeable areas that have been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The larger is the Forest of Bowland, with an area of 310 square miles (800 sq km), and this, plus and the 'bewitching' countryside of Pendle to the south, is the region covered in this book. Here you find vastly differing terrain from the lush farmlands of the Ribble Valley to the more rugged rough pastures of the Forest of Bowland uplands and the huge boggy uplifts of the main Bowland massif itself. It's all wonderfully wild walking country.
The book contains 40 diverse circular walks which can be undertaken by walkers with navigational skills. For summit-baggers, there are four 'Marilyns' included in the walks - Ward's Stone, Pendle Hill, Longridge Fell and Fair Snape Fell. And all the walks are punctuated with snippets of information on the natural and cultural history of the region, from witches to wildlflowers.
Introduction; The Beginnings of Lancashire; Areas Covered in this Guidebook; Notes and Advice for Walkers; Lune Valley; 1 Crook o Lune and Caton; 2 Crook o LuneAughtonHawkshead; 3 Annas Ghyll and Forge Mill; 4 Littledale; 5 Wards Stone from Littledale; Northwest and Western Moors; 6 Clougha Pike; 7 Wards Stone from Tarnbrook; 8 Abbeystead Reservoirs; 9 Over Wyresdale; 10 Hawthornthwaite Fell Top; 11 Scorton, Nicky Nook and Grize Dale; 12 Calder Vale; 13 Brock Mill and Beacon Fell; 14 Parlick and Fair Snape Fell; Central Moors; 15 Langden Round; 16 Brennand and Whitendale; 17 Whitendale and Croasdale; Hodder Valley; 18 Longridge Fell; 19 Whitewell and the River Hodder; 20 Dunsop Bridge and Hodder Bank Fell; 21 Dunsop Bridge and Mellor Knoll; 22 Gisburn Forest; 23 Stocks Reservoir; 24 Bowland Knotts; 25 Slaidburn and Newton; Ribble Valley; 26 Bradford Fell; 27 Hurst Green and the Ribble Way; 28 Great Mitton and the Ribble Way; 29 Sawley and the Ribble; 30 Waddington and West Bradford; 31 Bolton-by-Bowland; Pendle; 32 Sabden and Spence Moor; 33 Whalley and the River Calder; 34 Around Downham; 35 Downham and Twiston; 36 Pendle Hill from Downham; 37 Pendle Hill from Barley; 38 Black Moss Reservoirs and Twiston Moor; 39 Ogden and Newchurch; 40 Salterforth, Weets Hill and White Moor; APPENDIX; Route Summary Table; Index
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Terry Marsh specialises in the outdoors, the countryside, walking and travel worldwide. He is author of 40+ books including the award-winning Cicerone guides to the Northern Coast to Coast Walk (1994 and 2003) and the Shropshire Way (1999), and guides to the Pennine Way, the Dales Way, the Severn Way and the West Highland Way.