Bowland & Pendle Walks
Date: 2nd January 2006
Distance: 7.3 miles
Ascent: 993 feet
Time: 3 hours mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD878468
A nice easy walk to the top of Weets Hill above Barnoldswick before returning via the Leeds/Liverpool Canal.
Route Summary: Barnoldswick - Folly Lane - Weets Hill - Gisburn Old Road - Lister Well Road - Park Close - Salterforth Bridge - Leeds/Liverpool Canal - Barnoldswick
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: I felt rather overdressed walking through the streets of 'Barlick' from the starting point in the centre of the town but at least navigation through the town's streets was not as difficult as I thought it would be.
Once upon the actual moor it took almost no time at all to make it to the top. Weets Hill is a fantastic viewpoint with a cracking profile of Pendle Hill. Also on view is the length of the Bowland Fells, the whole southern section of the Dales as well as a decent portion of the Southern Pennines. Finally a small section of the Lakeland skyline could also be seen.
Just before leaving the moor at Copy Nook I had my lunch by an attractive reedy pool and enjoyed my scotch broth out of a flask. On the next stage I was joined by a local runner from Salterforth who, seeing I was clearly not from the area (maps and guidebooks giving me away), proceeded to tell me all about the area and the hills he'd been on.
The final stage of the walk followed a stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal between the colourful quay area of Salterforth and the more industrial surrounds of Barnoldswick. It was quite pleasant but once again I felt rather overdressed for the occasion especially as there were a number of people enjoying a stroll along the towpath.
A nice walk whose highlight was the view from the top.