walk from Dunsop Bridge to Whitewell
From the car
park in Dunsop Bridge walk across the road and down the drive to
Thorneyholme Hall; the FP starts across the bridge on the left.
At the end of the wall turn right into the field and walk in the
direction of the electricity poles. Go over the stile, bear right
and aim for a gap in the stone wall in the distance. Go through
the gap and follow the concessionary footpath along a grassy path
to Mossthwaite. A farm track then continues by Knowlmere Manor
and on to Giddy Bridge. (30 minutes)
over the bridge and turn right along the farm track to Lower and
Higher Birkett. The path goes through the farmyard of the latter,
fords a beck and continues up the steep bank. After a steady walk
uphill to Birkett Fell, follow the stone walk to the ladder stile
at the corner. Over the stile bear left and look for a waymarker.
A gentle walk downhill leads to a lone alder tree by a beck. After
the beck bear left up the steep bank and keep to the top edge.
The steady walk uphill leads to the top of the gully. Over the
gully a waymarker points to a stile and the path continues to the
road. Turn right towards Marl Hill House. (40 minutes)
a short way along the road turn right to Crimpton Farm. A concessionary
FP avoids the farmyard. After leaving the farm gate aim for the
stile at the far left hand corner of the wood ahead.
(It has been reported that a number of trees have fallen over in the wood and a little sense of adventure is required to negotiate these obstacles.)
the wood and over the ladder stile into sheep pasture. The path
to Whitewell lies straight ahead. Keep to the left of Raven Scar
Plantation and go over the ladder stile encountered about 100 yd
before the road. Cross the road, and continue downhill. Close to
Whitewell go through the gate, keep to the right of the house on
Seed Hill and to the left of the stone wall of St Michael's Burial
Ground. A small wooden gate leads onto the road close to the Inn.
For the return
to Dunsop Bridge find the path behind the stone wall on the left
just after the Inn. A concessionary footpath leads around the farm
and avoids using the very narrow road; the path then rejoins the
road to Burholme Bridge. Just before the bridge the route follows
a farm track to Burholme Farm. Go through the farmyard, turn left,
go over the footbridge and carry straight on. The walk is completed
with a pleasant stroll along the bank of the Hodder to the bridge
leading to Thorneyholme Hall. Turn left over the bridge to the
car park in Dunsop Bridge. (50min)