Bowland & Pendle Walks
Date: 18th November 2008
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 1439 feet
Time: 4 hours
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD713523
After a soggy start along the River Hodder from Slaidburn things turned even wetter on this slog up on to Easington Fell.
Route Summary: Slaidburn - River Hodder - Smelfthwaites - Waddington Fell - Easington Fell - John Wood's Guide - Broadhead Farm - Slaidburn
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: It was a bright sunny day with excellent visibility, the walk itself can only be rated okay. Due to rain many of the paths, especially early on by the Hodder were practically submerged in water. Off the paths the ground was at best moist and at worst reedy and marshy.
The size of the quarry on Waddington Fell was a bit of a shock but apart from that the only real surprise I had was how marshy the access land was leading to Harrop Brook. Crossing the latter proved to be a real headache and in the end I had to wade across. By this time my boots (on their way out already due to being worn down) were soaked and I was amused when, having crossed the brook, I had water spurting out of a hole in the top of my boot.
The views were good but, perhaps due to the moist and muddy ground, I found this walk a bit of a trudge with nothing really interesting to look at.