Chipping - the Northern Pastures

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This walk manages to avoid most of the muddy areas around Chipping by using farm access tracks and a few short stretches of lane. Some of these tracks have been surfaced, so that may not be to your liking, but it does give a reasonable alternative after a summer like 2008. Very little of the route is over grass and one higher section is a stony track across access land. Here it goes right beneath the southern fells of Bowland, so that views are excellent. Unlike on my walk The Southern Pastures (ID 3876) almost every farm passed was a working farm but where there were dogs, they were all chained up or indoors.

England - North England - Lancashire - Forest of Bowland


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife
29/01/2011 - Chris Baines

I walked this route today, on a beautiful, sunny, winters day. As the majority of the walk was on tracks, or quiet country lanes, the going underfoot was very good. Although the dogs at Lickhurst Farm were on chains, they barked a lot and didn't look too friendly. I am going to try the walk again, turning left at the farm gate, and picking up the farm access lane. This way I don't think you will have to go passed the dogs. All in all a really nice walk, whatever the time of year.

29/09/2009 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

In response to Jim Grindles's enquiry (under Additional Information) "cut your stick" means to leave or walk away - from the days when men would cut a stout walking stick or staff — which could double as a weapon — before beginning a long journey on foot.

28/09/2009 - Michael and Marian Vaughn

We have done all of Jim Grindles's walks around Chipping but this was the most beautiful yet -the views from the higher tracks over the access land were absolutely wonderful. It must, however, be noted that the stepping stones at Waymark 8 are quite high above the stream and with quite a long stride in between -not good for someone like Marian with very short legs. She decided instead to take off her boots and socks and paddle across!! The "white gate" at Waymark 16 is actually a grey metal gate.

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