Dunsop Bridge 15-03-2017 – Leader Mike T

Dunsop Bridge 15-03-2017 – Leader Mike T

What a day!!  Despite a rather cloudy forecast for the Ides of March, 19 lucky ramblers enjoyed unbroken sunshine, balmy temperatures, and views to die for in one of our favourite parts of the world.  In order to keep up with the group, today I handed the camera over to Steve, who began with a photo of the celebratory 100,000th BT telephone box in this village, supposedly the geographic centre of GB.  Once we had all assembled (!), Mike led us north and then west across the fields, where we soon experienced that so familiar sinking feeling – but apparently not anything like as bad as on Mike’s recce.  This brought us to the beautifully-set Hareden Farm, which looks up to Mellor Knoll.

We climbed a bit up the hill before taking our coffee break, enjoying the extensive views, and with many delayering.  This gave us strength for the main climb of 300 feet plus to reach our highest point of the day at around 1000 feet on the side of the knoll.  Contouring southward towards New Hey Farm, we reached the awkward bit that Mike had warned us about, with fallen trees and some slippery muddy bits.  Having been partly harvested, the area looked like Shakespeare’s blasted heath, which a few of us probably called it today!

Having survived, we continued southward, though dropping now, and then veered east to Burholme Bridge, passing an amusing robot-like figure en-route, advertising a local water treatment company.  From the bridge we were then south along the road and River Hodder to the Inn at Whitewell, before climbing Seed Hill to a lovely lunch spot in a disused quarry, with lovely views again.  After lunch we continued to climb eastward to Crimpton and Marl Hill, before turning northward onto Birkett Fell.  The views here were very different, being a big landscape of waving golden brown grass, looking like a North American prairie; absolutely splendid, and well captured by Steve.  Then we dropped to Birkett Brook via Higher and Lower Birkett, and crossed the brook a second time at Giddy Bridge.

Finally it was an amble back to Dunsop Bridge, passing the many-chimneyed Knowlmere Manor en-route, with the last stretch being along the Hodder again.  The discovery that Puddleducks had decided not to wait for us did not spoil a wonderful day, as several carloads found Tim and his staff at the Country Kitchen in Waddington very accommodating.  Thanks to Mike for an absolute cracker of a walk, to Steve for the smashing pics, and to my sherpas today, Viv and Roy.  After over 6 years taking photos, it was nice to mingle and chat without having to break off to take a picture.  I know that others are willing to share the camera in the weeks and months ahead, so thanks in advance.

(Write up Arnold, pics Steve.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

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


  1. Rosemary

    Thanks Mike for a great walk on a lovely sunny day. Well done Steve for some excellent photos.

  2. Graeme A.

    Excellent walk. Perhaps slightly more challenging than the norm but a top walk on a lovely day. Thanks Mike. Great debut photos from Steve doing a great job as the semi retired Arnold steps down from his David Bailey role. He can still manage a good write up though.

  3. Lovely weather, lovely walk – thanks Mike. Good write up Arnold and excellent photos Steve. Arnold’s high standards are definitely being maintained.

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