Forest of Bowland


Walk leader: Ian & Karen

Number on walk: 9 (including visitor)

Distance: 15 miles

Weather: Perfect with clear views

We set off from Tower Lodge heading north before cutting across White Moor to Millers House. Was Millers House ever a mill? Who knows; it is in a very remote location, but there is a millstone there!

From here we followed a rough track north over Brennand Great Hill and then on to the fence junction where we joined the Lancashire Way at the fingerpost pointing to Wolfhole Crag. We stopped here for a short break before climbing over Wolfhole Crag where we stopped for a group photo. 

We continued to follow the Lancashire Way down to Hornby Road which we followed for about 1.5 miles to a shooting track on the left. From here we set off over rough ground to climb Hawkshead where we stopped for lunch. After telling everyone that this was a very remote top that no one ever visited two walkers suddenly appeared in the distance heading towards us from Hornby Road. It turned out that these were two hill baggers ticking off tops in Bowland and as Hawkshead is a subfour it was one on their to do list that day.

After lunch we returned to the shooting track which dropped very steeply down into the river Roeburn valley. The climb up the other side was also steep up to the shooting cabin where the ground levelled out before dropping down into Tarnbrook. Here we joined the Wyre Way which we followed back to our cars.

The day had been perfect for walking and we certainly saw the best of the area with all the blooming heather on full display.

Photos can be seen 'here'