Slaidburn and the Upper Hodder Valley

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At the present time you will be almost a pioneer on this route in an unfrequented corner of the Upper Hodder Valley. I was in this area a number of times in the summer of 2002 and met only one other party of walkers. No great heights are attained but the trig point at Waymark 14 must be among the finest viewpoints in the area, with falling ground all around it. This walk incorporates part of 'A Journey through the Centre of the Kingdom'.

England - North England - Lancashire - Ribble Valley


Cafe, Church, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets
16/02/2015 - Penny Pitty

I led a group of Clitheroe Ramblers on this walk on 15 January 2015, having checked it myself 10 days previously. Everyone enjoyed it, although we were a bit unlucky in that the visibility was poor, so the great views which I'd enjoyed when checking it were not to be had. Otherwise the day was fine and reasonably mild. There were a number of things which had changed as follows: WM 4 - the stile had gone and there was a smallish gate on to the road. WM 13 - the gap in the wall has been blocked by stones, with a rather difficult and unstable stone step stile over. However, we used the gate to the right - very wet but easier than the stile. Two photos of this which I'll email. WM 16 - when checking the Lancashire CC Mario site, it appears that the footpath is now shown as heading off to the left to a gate, so the very difficult route described appears to have been changed. One of our group who a few years ago had walked this was also under the impression it had then followed the wall. There is a footpath marker on the gate (photo provided). The finger post is now useless (photo provided) and may actually indicate the bridle way which goes down the lane. I shall ensure this info is passed on to our Footpath Secretary. WM 18 - there seemed no problem in following the correct route through Threap Green and there was a footpath sign indicating it on a gatepost towards the end of the surfaced driveway. WM 24 - no sign of any habitation now! WM 25 - this seemed to have changed a lot. There was a clear track made of very large and rough stones which turned left towards the farm (Shays) (photo provided). There is now a horse menage possibly where the original footpath went. However,it was not hard to find the way through to the lane. We used gateways but there were stiles there. WM 29 - the finger post has now disappeared and when I checked the walk I had to ask someone about the route. There is a new shiny gate (photo provided) into the field. No sign of a post with a white top.

18/09/2011 - Barbara Howcroft

We did this walk on 17.09.11 good walk, pity about the weather. Barbara & Jeff Howcroft & Millie the dog.

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