Bowland & Pendle Walks
Fair Snape Fell & Parlick
Date: 3rd July 2005
Distance: 7.8 miles
Ascent: 1534 feet
Time: 3 hours 40 mins
Start Grid Ref: SD621433
This excellent walk from Chipping up to Fair Snape Fell and Parlick was a memorable first visit to the Bowland fells.
Route Summary: Chipping - Saddle End Farm - Saddle Fell - Fair Snape Fell - Parlick - Fell Foot - Chipping
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: After some initial farm fields we got on to the fell side just past Saddle End Farm. The walk up to the top of Wolf Fell (more popularly known as Fair Snape Fell after the more commonly visited southern top) was very pleasant with good views of Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell. Just before reaching the top the Three Peaks also came into view.
The top of Wolf Fell is quite peaty and there were some hags over head height that made me glad the ground was so dry. Also from the top I was able to identify the other major Bowland tops of Ward's Stone, Wolfhole Crag and White Hill.
From Wolf Fell we headed to the southern top that is known as Fair Snape Fell and which has an excellent view of Parlick, Beacon Fell, the Irish Sea and a vast swathe of southern Lancashire. After a few photos at the trig point we ate our food in the handily placed shelter disturbed only by a noisy dog belonging to a couple of other walkers.
From Fair Snape Fell we headed down the saddle and then up to Parlick. Along the way I went and sat on the small rock ledge known as Nick's Chair. Despite its lack of size standing on Nick's Chair does give a remarkable feeling of airiness as well as a lovely view of Bleasedale.
Parlick, standing out on its own on the southeastern tip of the Bowland range had been one of the most visually impressive sights on the walk. Sadly the top was rather crowded and as a number of people were sat on the sprawling cairn (how inconsiderate!!) I couldn't get the pictures I wanted.
This was my first expedition into Bowland walking country and I was most impressed. The glorious weather certainly helped although I did manage to get a sunburnt scalp (this was when I was still in denial about my thinning hair and would not take approriate protective measures - I soon learnt).