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