My favourite path in Bowland

My favourite path in Bowland

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.

Distance 2.8 miles
Time 1.5 hrs
Low Point About 262 metres
High Point About 350metres
Terrain Fell tracks
Bogs Some boggy parts. Wear good boots.
Dogs No dogs with me but others had dogs
Estimated Calories burned 300 cals

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Estimated maps

On this route
Cardwell House, Jeffrey Hill, Thornley Hall Fell, Longridge Fell, Spire Hill, Gannow Fell