South Pennine Walks
Date: 6th September 2009
Distance: 7.25 miles
Ascent: 1026 feet
Time: 3 hours 50 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SD888427
An easy ramble up to the trig point on Kelbrook Moor finishing with a canalside walk between Salterforth Bridge and Foulridge.
Route Summary: Foulridge - Noyna Hill - Kelbrook Moor - Kelbrook - Salterforth Bridge - Leeds/Liverpool Canal - Foulridge
1. Foulridge from Noyna Hill
2. Kelbrook Moor from Noyna Hill
3. Boulsworth Hill from Great Edge
4. Trig point on the top of Kelbrook Moor
5. A rather short wall
6. The heathery flank of Roger Moor
7. Noyna Hill from Roger Moor
8. Kelbrook Moor from the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal
9. The canal bridge marking the Yorkshire / Lancashire border
10. The Leeds-Liverpool Canal
Walk Detail: Kelbrook Moor is one of those fairly low Pennine heights which I've had my eye on for a while and since I was restricting myself to fairly easy walks this made sense as a walk to do.
There were too many fields full of cows early on for my liking but once I got on to Kelbrook Moor it became an enjoyable walk. The latter proved to be a much better view point than expected with a full range of Dales, Pendle, Bowland and South and West Pennine hills on view. While I ate my lunch at the trig I had a brief chat with a farmer who was passing by on his quad with his dog in tow. When I asked if he had a farm nearby he said "aye, o'er yonder". Classic!
There was a brief bit of rough walking from the summit to the path on the superbly named Roger Moor. One of the interesting things about the walk was walking through 3 of the villages in the area, Foulridge, Kelbrook and Salterforth. At Salterforth I briefly met my route when I climbed Weets Hill on New Year's Day a few years back so it was nice to join up the two routes. The final stretch was a pleasant amble along the canal back to Foulridge. All in all a pleasant day out.