2017 09 30 Tosside

At the start

Walk Report: Knotty Bowland Saturday 30th September.

Eight eager souls started out from Tosside CP at 8.30am in dull but fine conditions, to endure very wet, muddy and strenuous conditions underfoot almost throughout the 21miles.
We where very fortunate with the weather however, keeping fine with a minimal amount of drizzle and some views, as cloud was not completely covering everything.

Leaving the village of Tosside on the County Boundary of Lank's & Yorks, we headed up Longtons Lane and took the path to Heath Farm and skirted the edge of Gisburn Forest to Welpstone Crag.
Dropping back down from the top again to regain the path by the forest edge, all the way to the top of the wood at the Resting Stone.
From here we continued along the top of Gisburn Forest, Knotteranum, Bowland Knotts and crossing the Slaidburn/Benthem Road to our first refreshment stop at 11am 
A little further on at the Bowland Knotts trig point, we made our way eventually down the fell, to the derilict New House Farm and the long high bridge crossing the River Hodder.
Making our way around Eak Hill to the Jetty on Stocks Reservoir and the lunch stop for the day at 1pm.

Crossing the dam of the res’ we progressed over Ten Acre Hill to Black House and came onto the road again by the old Stocks Village Chapel.
Walking a short distance up the road, we could not see the path for trees at first, then off to the right through a wooded section to Brook House Green and on up to the Long Preston Road at Higher Stoney Bank Farm.
Along the road to Meadow Top and through more fields & moorland across to Butterfields via Shays.
Picking up a stream path to Beckfoot House and striking north again for Higher Gill, Grunsagill, Melling Dab and the final field path back to our starting point arriving at 4.30pm, where some of the group enjoyed Tea & Scones before driving home. 

Leader Peter Smith. 

At the end

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