Tosside - Gisburn Forest - Whelp Stone Crag
distance 6.68 miles : 4 hours

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A circular walk from Tosside around Gisburn Forest

Please read the Introduction before starting this walk.
The walk starts at the lane to the left of the Dog & Partridge. This forestry track is followed to shortly before Clough Hall a derelict barn/shelter/picnic spot. 200 yds before Clough Hall look for the waymarker post on the left where walking sign appear to have been removed. (45 min)
Turn right up the forest road. Whelp Stone Crag soon comes into view over the ridge. Carry on up the road to th e left hand curve where the road start to descend. Turn right up the cycle track to find the old wall at the top. Turn left following this wall to where the wood on the right ends and a very old wall branches off to the right. (The other end of this wall will serve as a marker later.)

Carry on following the wall and wood edge keeping to the high ground. Cross the beck and again follow the wall until there are no more reeds on the right. The ground can now be crossed without much problem; head out due east over the moor towards the crags seen ahead. Keep the crags on the left and look for the end of the stone wall mentioned earlier especially two upright stone gate posts. Carry on towards (due east) the stone stile in the next beautiful stone wall. With the crags now behind head down to Owlshaw. Go over the stone stile (chicken shed) into the grounds and turn right at the gate. (60 min.)
After the right turn at the house look for the stone stile in the wall just after the end of the front garden. Follow the wall on the right to the stone stile in far corner of the field. After this stile carry straight on down, over the beck, and then up the steep bank to meet the farm track to Whelpstone Lodge. Turn right at the house and follow the track. At H. Brayshaw go through the farm yard and take the small gate into the field. Follow the wall on the right to the corner; a squeezer stile leads on to M. Brayshaw. Keep the wall on the left. At the house turn left into the yard and take the small gate on the right to descend down to the footbridge over the beck and then up to L. Brayshaw. Go straight through the yard and carry on to Brayshaw House. After the house keep on a straight line on the grass to meet the track which leads on to the main road. (60 min)
(To shorten the walk turn right along the road back to Tosside). Turn right at the road and then left after 100 yd and follow the bridleway to Studford Gill. At the farm yard carry straight on through the gate and head for the gate at the far left hand corner of the field. The path now leads to the footbridge at Snape House. The path goes around the front of the house and leads on to the track which leads on to the road. Turn right at the road for Tosside. (40 min)
Dog and Partridge
Closed : unfortunately no longer a pub
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