Over the last few years I have found myself walking Longridge Fell at least twice a year. It is very close to Preston and the summit (Spire Hill 350m) can be reached in about half an hour. So I usually nip up there when my wife wants a few hours in Preston, which was the case today.
I took my two troops with me, and it was the first time my youngest had been on Longridge Fell. His last walk was Ingleborough, so this was a doddle for him. And being a short walk, it also suited my current struggle with M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The plan worked fine because I had no repercussions. Onward and upward!
In terms of history there is a rumour that Longridge was named by Oliver Cromwell in August 1648- before the Battle of Preston, his army stopped here before taking on Monarchist forces from Scotland. Whilst on Longridge Fell Cromwell is thought to have said something like “My, what a long ridge”. However, a 100 years earlier there was a priest named Robert Cotome of Longryche in Ribblechester, deeming the rumour to be untrue.
Nowadays Longridge Fell is quite popular for a Forest of Bowland fell, and you are likely to see a couple of fellow walkers dotted about. It usually offers great views of Chipping and the southern Bowland fells, however today we were covered in a thin layer of low cloud so unfortunately we didn’t get the views.
|Low Point||About 262 metres|
|High Point||About 350metres|
|Bogs||Some boggy parts. Wear good boots.|
|Dogs||No dogs with me but others had dogs|
|Estimated Calories burned||300 cals|
On this route
Cardwell House, Jeffrey Hill, Thornley Hall Fell, Longridge Fell, Spire Hill, Gannow Fell