We started off early, walking along Langden Brook, and headed up towards Fiendsdale Head. Along the way we met Andrew the bird watcher, we chatted for a good 20 minutes about the birds we might see along the way.
One of the birds Andrew mentioned was the Peregrine Falcon (if I remember rightly), he said that if a bird flies over the top of us and screams at us, this’ll be the one. Sure enough, a mile up the valley we had the pleasure of a screaming bird above us.
We had briefly taken a wrong turn here and were heading up towards Within Clough. A short scramble up the fell got us back on track at Fiendsdale Nab.
We eventually got to Fiendsdale Head and Webster’s Meadow area, where there was a fair amount of activity. Restoration workers and diggers were repairing the peat. The good tracks we had for the last 4 or 5 miles had now gone and it was now time to tackle the bogs. Luckily a lot were still frozen. (It is worth noting that a worker at Fiendsdale Head informed us that they were laying a track up to Fair Snape and work will be completed in around 6 weeks).
We made it to Fair Snape Summit (520metres) and had lunch shortly afterwards. The sun was heating the ground and this meant all the nicely frozen bogs were now rapidly thawing. This meant our boots were now getting very muddy. We followed the fence as best we could up to Totridge Fell.
After many diversions and what seemed like an eternity we made it to Totridge and the views made it well worth the effort.
We made our may back down Totridge towards Mellor Knoll and I managed to fall on my bum a few times. The ground really was slippy so care should be taken and proper footwear is a must.
Overall a brilliant walk, thoroughly recommended, but prepared to have a few hours set aside.
|Grade||Medium / Tough (with the bogs)|
|Low Point||162 metres (approx)|
|High Point||520 metres|
|Terrain||Road / Fells / Farms|
|Bogs||Mid section was very boggy|
|Dogs||No dogs with us today. Didn’t see any ‘no dog’ signs|
Along this route
Langden Brook, Langden Castle (Ruin), Fiendsdale Nab, Fiendsdale Water, Within Clough, Red Scars, Red Scars Breast, Kite Clough, Fiendsdale Head, Webster’s Meadow, Holme House Fell, Fair Snape, Beasley’s Steady, Fair Oak Fell, Whitmore Fell, Totridge, Mellor Knoll (passed but not walked), Haredon Farm, Smelt Mill.