Whitewell Circular Walk
distance 7.31 mile : time 4 hours

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A circular walk from Whitewell
The walk starts 20 yds on the right after the Whitewell Social Hall. A steady climb uphill leads to a gate. Bear left and head for Raven Scar Plantation. Over the main road follow the footpath sign; stay to the right of the Plantation and to the left of the next clump of trees. A steady climb leads to a ladder-style into the conifer plantation. On exit bear slightly left and head straight ahead to Crimpton. A concessionary FP avoids the farmyard and leads to the main road.
At the road turn right and take the FP immediately left; walk uphill go over the style and head for the chimneys of Spire. The path follows the edge of the wood. After passing Spire bear slightly left and head for the break in the band of trees ahead. The path is almost a straight line downhill over sheep pasture to the farm track leading to Browsholme Farm.
Continue down the main road; the FP starts again on the right on the left hand bend in the road. The farm track to Micklehurst is met with after a short trek over the meadow. After passing Kinder Barn the path turns right at a wire fence. Passing over a series of styles, the path descends into woodland and ascends steeply by the side of Lees House Farm. Follow the track to the main road, turn left and then right to the T-junction. (2.25 hr). A choice of return walks to Whitewell is now available.
The path starts at a stile about 20 yds before the T-junction. Go downhill, ford the stream, and follow the stream to Higher Lees Farm. At the farm turn right and then left along the track. The path continues across a pasture to a stile; bear slightly left and head uphill aiming for the stile at the edge of the wood ahead. The path follows the edge of the wood and then bears left towards Radholme Laund. Go through the farm and follow the stone wall to Higher Top Barn. The path continues first through a metal gate and then a stile. Follow the stone wall on the left; the next stile leads to Whitewell. (70 min)
At the T-junction find the gate on the left follow the path down to the stream and then turn sharp left. The path becomes ill defined on approaching the house. Keep to the left of the house and continue along the track to Lower Lees. At the junction of the farm track turns right to the farm and find the path 20 yds on the left. Follow the edge of the field to a stile; keep to the high ground and follow the path to the next stile which is adjacent to the road. Before the stile turn sharp right, go downhill over a plank footbridge and on to the Hodder. Follow the wire fence on the left over a series of stiles and then a ford. The path now goes uphill and follows the edge of Ing Wood and continues in a straight line to the road. Turn left at the road; the path continues a few yards further on at a metal gate on the right. From here the path through sheep pasture back to Whitewell is well defined. (90 min)
Inn at Whitewell
Open all day but the bar may be closed between 14.00-19.30;
cold and hot drinks served during this time.
Bar meals served from 12.00-14.00: evenings 19.30-21.30.
The Inn at Whitewell as seen from the Hodder bank
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