Dunsop Bridge 05-04-17 – Leader Andy

Dunsop Bridge 05-04-17 – Leader Andy

All 18 ramblers are on the start pic today, courtesy of a passing walker.  It was nice to see Jean’s daughter Helen again, on a dullish, fairly cool day in one of our favourite areas.  Andy led us off north on a road out of the village, soon crossing the River Dunsop via a footbridge with a pram-friendly ramp – and we even met a pram about to use it!  Then it was continuing north along the river to the information point at Foot Holme, at the bottom of Whin Fell.  Shortly after, we took our first break, with good seating, before crossing the river and tackling a short pull up onto access land, giving us splendid views to Whitendale Fell ahead of us.  We contoured along for a mile, before heading east and up onto access land, aiming for Dunsop Head.  This was the biggest climb of the day, taking us up more than 600 feet to around 1400 feet, then dropping a little to take lunch out of the wind behind a wall.  The views were outstanding all the way, as Linda’s pictures demonstrate.  The going was sometimes a bit boggy, and one or two of us dipped below the sphagnum moss surface, even though Andy said he was avoiding the most boggy area!

After lunch we contoured south to Wisket Hill and Burn Fell, with distant views of Stocks Reservoir to the east.  Near the 431 metre trig point on Burn Fell, we came across some aircraft parts and a sad memorial to a crash of a USAF plane on 2nd Jan 1945, with the loss of 4 lives.  Then it was more southward contouring to Beatrix Fell, before dropping quite steeply off the access land to Beatrix itself.  The extensive views that opened up on this stretch were astonishing, making one feel very small and insignificant.  Then it was a simple stroll across the fields past a load of tups and back into Dunsop Bridge to take refreshments at Puddleducks.  So ended a short, quite stiff and magnificent walk, thanks to Andy.  Linda’s pictures, on her first time behind the camera, do her great credit, and I was grateful for Roy’s broad shoulders today.

(Write up Arnold, pics Linda + 1 from David.  Appended here are the route stats and profile, though my GPS did a bit of a jig in the middle, making the distance look greater than the 9 miles that other machines recorded.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Lovely pics, Linda. Looks like a great day out!

  2. carol jakar

    great to be out again…excellent walk…..

  3. Super walk in the most lovely countryside. Thank you Andy for an excellent day and being absolutely accurate on the mileage. Well done Linda, lovely pics.

  4. Great walk Andy. Really enjoyed it on the fells.

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