2016 02 14 Heart of Bowland

At Rest


Heart of Bowland walk held on St Valentine's day, February 14th 2016


A 19 mile anytime challenge walk in the Forest of Bowland; a wild region of deep dales and steep sided fells, part in Lancashire, part in Yorkshire.


Clear skies and a good weather forecast (no rain!) saw an impressive turnout of 25 on the walk, with both West Yorks and South Pennine groups well represented.


Starting from Slaidburn, a climb up Dunspo Fell was rewaded with great views of the surrounding hills. We then followed the Whitendale River northwards and after another gentle climb, met the Roman Road on Croasdale Fell.


During a short lunchbreak, the walk leader generously passed around heart shaped jelly beans to celebrate St Valentine's day.


The afternoon began with a boggy section of the walk that tested the most waterproof of boots; at least it wasn't raining though. The final few miles saw us retrace part of the Red Rose Hundred route back to Slaidburn via St James' church (the village to which it served is at the bottom of Stocks Reservoir).


At the end of the walk, the GPS tracklog proved that the route was indeed, heart shaped!



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