Walking the Hodder - Stage 3

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Stage 3: Doeford Bridge to Burholme Bridge

The FP starts at the bridge. Walk uphill following the waymarkers to the top left hand corner of the field. Follow the old hedge on the left, go through the double gate. The hedge on the right leads down to the Hodder. Turn right at the farm track and walk along the road for 300 yd to the stile. Bear left (walk due N) across the field to meet the Hodder again. The walk following the Hodder crosses a stile and a ford and then heads uphill towards the wood (aim for the large dead tree). After the stile follow the wood on the left and carry straight on to the stile at the roadside at the top end of the wood ahead. Turn left at the road and then right through the metal gate. The path initially follows the road but then after the first old metal gate gently climbs to follow the escarpment. After the second such gate go through the double gate on the left and follow the track to Whitewell. At the cottage on Seed Hill turn left and walk down to the road (60 min)
After the Inn at Whitewell find the FP behind the stone wall on the left; this leads to a.concessionary path through sheep pasture which avoids walking on a particularly narrow stretch of road. Thereafter continue along the road to Burholme Bridge (15 min).
Walk along the road to the wood on the left. The entrance to Reed Barn/New Laund Farm is seen after 300 yd. The farm road passes Reed Barn and continues to the farm complex. Just before the farmhouse and after the barking dogs turn right up the hillside. Carry straight on to the stile at the double gate. A well-defined old grassy track leads to a beautiful view of the wooded Hodder valley. The path now descends to a ladder stile over the stone wall and continues following waymarkers to join the track to Fair Oak (45 min).
Turn left at the first house and then right and left through the farm complex. Walk across the field (bearing 250’) to find two stiles at the top right-hand corner of the field. The path crosses the road and carries on across the field to the stile which lead on to the track just before Higher Greystoneley. The grassy track leads to a lovely woodland walk, fords the beck, carries on past Knot Barn and ends at the road close to Leagram Mill. Cross the stile over the road and follow the hedge on the right to the stile at the top right-hand corner of the field. Turn right at the road for Loud Mytham and then left at the T-junction for Doeford Bridge (55 min).

The Inn at Whitewell viewed from the path along the Hodder bank.

Inn at Whitewell
lies on the banks of the river and is set in the beautiful wooded surroundings of the Hodder gorge .
It is a very popular meeting place for drinks and meals.
Open all day but the bar may be closed from 14.00-19.30; cold and hot drinks served during this time.
Food: bar meals 12.00-14.00; restaurant evenings 19.30-21.30

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