A circular walk from Slaidburn to Newton
distance 8 miles : 4 hours

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A circular walk from Slaidburn to Newton
From the car park in Slaidburn turn left and walk over the road bridge and up the steep hill. The FP starts 50 yd further uphill after the road bends sharply to the left. The path goes uphill and follows the stone wall on the right to a stone stile at a small metal gate. Over the stile the path follows the stone wall now on the left, skirts the edge of the wood, and so on to the road. Cross the road and take the track to Broadhead Farm. In the farmyard a concrete bridge crosses the stream, after which the path is not too clear. However, cross the field on the right diagonally to the stile in the far right-hand corner. Just before the stile turn right through the gate and follow the wall on the left. Cross the brook by the stepping stones and walk uphill to the stile. Continue to the wooden foot-bridge and small gate about 20 yd to the right of Skelshaw House.
Take the track which leads uphill to Fell Side. Just before the second gate and cattle grid the path diverts to the left and leads to an old metal gate at the right-hand corner of the field. After crossing the brook continue straight ahead through the marshy area and pick up the track again which leads uphill. Fell Side is seen on the right and the path continues uphill. When adjacent to the house bear left and continue the steady climb uphill. On looking behind a panoramic view of Slaidburn is seen with the spread of Gisburn Forest in the far distance. A few hundred yards further on the path forks; take the right hand track. The path is now straight forward across the open fell. A radio mast is soon seen to the right in the distance close to the road and car park.
Turn right and walk a mile down the road. The FP continues on the left, follow the track to New Laithe. Shortly after where the track bends sharply to the left the FP is signposted at a stile on the right. The path goes over pasture land with the fence on the right. After crossing a series of stiles and a gate the path leads to Foulscales. The path continues across the road at a stile on the right. Bear right across the field to the gate, and then straight on to a stile. The path now follows close to the bank of the Hodder all the way to the road bridge at Newton. Turn left for the Parkers Arms.
The FP to Slaidburn is a pleasant stroll firstly through woodland and pasture and then along the Hodder bank. The path starts at the road bridge and is well marked. After skirting Dunnow Hall the track leads on to the sewage works after which the walker is directed to the river walk. The walk ends at Slaidburn close to the car park.
Parkers Arms
Parkers Arms in Newton
offers a selection of real ales and home cooked fayre using local produce.
Open 11.00 - 23.00:
Food served Winter; Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30 18.00-21.00; Sat-Sun 12.00-21.00:
Summer; 12.00-21.00
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The Hark to Bounty Inn was formally known as the Dog Inn. It acquired its unusual name 1875 when the Rev Henry Wrigglesworth recognized his favorite hound outside and exclaimed "Hark to Bounty"! The building has a long history; an upper room was used as a forest court when Slaidburn was the administrative center of the Forest of Bowland of old. Slaidburn today is a popular tourist center in the summer months.
The walk as describe starts in Slaidburn but alternative starting points are Newton or the parking places on the road on Newton Fell. The walk from Skelshaw to the top of Newton Fell is uphill and requires a little stamina. Half way up the fell a panoramic view over Slaidburn, Stocks Reservoir and Gisburn Forest is seen. From Foulscales to Newton and hence to Slaidburn the walk for the most part follows the banks of the Hodder and is most enjoyable.
The Parkers Arms in Newton and the Hark to Bounty Inn offer a wide variety of food for the traveler. Both are advertised as being open all day, but the Parkers Arms may close in late afternoon in wintertime.
Hark to Bounty Inn : Slaidburn
Open all day:
lunches/evening Mon-Sat: 12.00-14.00; 18.00-21.00:
Sun 12.00-20.00
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