A walk around Whitendale

Submitted by Timwoods on 29 January 2012
OS Explorer Map: OL41 - Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale
(3 votes)
A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Dunsop Bridge, Lancs, about 18.7km (roughly 11.6 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This walk follows the Whitendale Valley in the Forest of Bowland, taking the high route over the fells to head out then returning via the riverside path. The area has several interesting bird species, including hen harriers and merlins, and is a wild corner of Britain. There is a good bus service to Dunsop Bridge from Clitheroe and Settle. 

Start: Dunsop Bridge, OS Grid: SD660502
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 544m (1786ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1087m (3567ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 543m (1781ft)
Max. Elevation: 470m (1541ft)

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OS Grid: SD660502
Take the bus to Dunsop Bridge to start the walk.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD657508
Take the footpath just past the church and follow this out towards Beatrix.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD664523
The Forest of Bowland was the first area to be granted Right to Roam status. Enjoy this right by leaving the path to head up on to Beatrix Fell.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SD673535
Follow the high ground to Burn Fell.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD675548
Cross the bridleway and head over Dunsop Fell.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD672560
From Baxton Fell, take a bearing northwest to head down towards Higher Stony Clough.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SD657571
Once in the valley, pick up the footpath that follows the river out of the valley.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SD659550
The route hugs the river and passes Whitendale Farm. Apparently it took six weeks for news of the end of World War One to reach this isolated place.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SD653536
You can either climb over Middle Knoll or just pass around it.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SD652520
The path passes through the wooded valley where the River Dunsop flows out to Dunsop Bridge.
About 2 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SD658501
Finish up in Dunsop Bridge, for the bus back to Clitheroe or Settle. Puddleducks cafe is a great place to pass the time while you wait: www.cafe.southlakesgroup.org/puddleducks-cafe.html
2 comments ...join the discussion!
dave & sue  commented on 22 February 2013
eagle owls
how long is this walk please ?
GaryShipp  commented on 23 February 2013
Walk Distance
The walk distance is included in the introductory paragraph "A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in UK starting at Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire, about 17km (roughly 11 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs." The distances are always approximate as our route descriptions avoid going into the finer detail and instead offer suggested waypoints rather than an exact route. More detail about how we calculate distance is available on our FAQ's page.
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