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A walk around Whitendale

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in Lancashire, England, about 15.90km (9.88 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 345m (1131ft)
Descent 344m (1128ft)
Max. Elevation 470m (1541ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 689m (2259ft)
Start & End
Dunsop Bridge
Distance 15.90km
Duration ~5:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Jan 2012
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. 

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Dunsop Bridge to start the walk.
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Take the footpath just past the church and follow this out towards Beatrix.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from
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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 1.62 km (~1.01 miles) from
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Follow the high ground to Burn Fell.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
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Cross the bridleway and head over Dunsop Fell.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
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From Baxton Fell, take a bearing northwest to head down towards Higher Stony Clough.
About 1.27 km (~0.79 miles) from
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Once in the valley, pick up the footpath that follows the river out of the valley.
About 1.77 km (~1.1 miles) from
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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 2.16 km (~1.34 miles) from
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You can either climb over Middle Knoll or just pass around it.
About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
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The path passes through the wooded valley where the River Dunsop flows out to Dunsop Bridge.
About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
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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
About 2.02 km (~1.26 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

23 Feb 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.

dave & sue
22 Feb 2013
Eagle Owls

how long is this walk please ?

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