Clougha Pike, Grit Fell and Ward’s Stone (Moderate 9 Mile Circular – April 10)

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Clougha Pike 413m (1355 ft) and Grit Fell 468m (1535 ft) overlook Lancaster and can be easily reached from the road at Quernmore.  Once these two fells have been conquered it’s onwards to Ward’s Stone which sits close by.

Ward’s Stone at 561m (1839 ft) is the highest point of the Forest of Bowland – and is Lancashire’s highest Marilyn – offering views across the Fylde, Lakeland Hills and Yorkshire Dales.  Unfortunately visibility on the day was poor for us – (despite there being plenty of sunshine), but the views are still some of Lancashire’s finest.

Difficulty, distance and time

A moderate walk which is about 9 miles in total.  It took us about 5 hours but we had to make a fair amount of detours to avoid the mud.

This walk is not really suited to beginners and it is best to have a go at some easier walks first.

How to get there

Directions to car park on Multimap | Ordinance Survey Map | Grid Ref: SD528586 | 54.004104,-2.41036

Detailed Route Map

Ward's-Stone-Map

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Parking and amenities

There isn’t much of anything really, especially where we ditched our car.  A little up the road is Jubilee Tower, which has plenty of parking but that’s about it.

Elevation and terrain

The highest point of the walk is 560m (1837 ft) and the terrain can be challenging.  The sun had been out for a few days and normal ground was nice and dry but once we were up on the fells the ground was pretty bad, with some of the paths being too boggy to walk on.  After reaching Ward’s Stone we realised time was getting on so had to pick our own route down towards Jubilee Tower.  This proved a little tricky and is not generally recommended.

Photos

Wards Stone Gallery - April 2010

More Info

Clougha Pike | Grit Fell | Ward’s Stone

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