6.5 mile walk up to Langden and Hareden valleys, February 2017

A fantastic walk up Langden Valley and back down along Hareden Brook – which is equally as impressive.  And today I saw no humans and one hedgehog, brilliant!  Perhaps my favourite walk in Bowland!

Route info Easy
Distance 6.5 miles (approx)
Time 2.5 hours
Low Point 150m (approx)
High Point 407m(approx)
Height gain 80m (approx)
Terrain Good tracks, moorland bogs and a water crossing
Bogs Some bogs, especially in winter
Dogs Ok (on leads)
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★★

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Langden and Hareden valleys


The route

  1. Park near the bridge at the entrance of Hareden and set off – over the bridge which crosses Langden Brook. Look out for a stile to the right and then go over the stone bridge and bear right.Towards the edge of the field is another stile which leads you to walk alongside the stunning Langden Brook.
  1. Before you get to Smelt Mill (which is the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Trust centre), look out for a stile on your left, which leads you to follow the telegraph poles. The track here was quite easy to follow, making it a pleasant walk towards Langden.
  1. Go through the kissing gate and over the bridge.  Turn left to walk along the tree-lined road towards Langden valley.
  2. After passing the water works go through the gate and simply follow the path.
  3. The path splits here.  Both lead to the same point but I always take the low path because I am lazy.
  4. A new memorial is marked here, which honours the pilots in three separate crashes on the fells behind during the 2nd World War.  Bear left and walk down to Langden Castle.
  1. This is Langden Castle. Not so much of a castle, more of an old sheep hut. Although it is said that this route might have been used to take the Pendle Witches from Lancaster to Pendle Hill, and this building might have been used as a sort of overnight prison.This next bit across the brook is a little tricky.  Keep Langden Castle directly behind you and continue up the valley known as Bleadale.  I always get my feet wet here!  The idea is to get to the left side of the valley. 
  2. The track isn’t always visible but it’s generally not too bad and just try not to stray too far from Bleadale Water.
  3. The path splits here.  Go over the stile and head up the track which you can easily see cutting through Hareden Fell.
  4. This is a fairly steep but very enjoyable track up the fell, and here is a good spot to have a breather and look back down the valley.Continue along the track which circumvents the right side of Hareden.
  5. The track ends and now you have to walk across pathless moorland.  It can also be very boggy here, especially in winter.
  6. It’s pretty bleak up here for a short distance, but there are some Grouse Butts to the right which can be a helpful marker.  It’s not far now until I found a handy stone marker.  Here I knew I was close to the shooter’s track.
  7. Join the shooter’s track and head down into the stunning Hareden valley.
  8. Go through the wooden gate and just stay on the track – enjoy the views.
  9. Carry on through Hareden, which is a just a lovely group of farms and water works. To finish the walk just carry along this road until you reach the car.