Saddle Fell and Fair Snape Fell

Route info
Distance 5.75 miles
Time 3hrs
Low Point 200m (approx)
High Point 510m
Height gain 310m (approx)
Terrain Access land, farms and road
Bogs Bog warning on Fair Snape
Dogs No dog with me, but others had dogs
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 15089
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 590 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1062 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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Route description

Saddle Fell walk (17)Today we had a great walk up to Saddle Fell and Fair Snape Fell, descending along the western flank of Parlick Fell. The conditions were fantastic, cool and frosty and not too much wind.

I met with friends Waj and Elvina and we set off from the parking spot on Startifants Lane. We then headed eastwards towards Wolfen Hall, there’s a lovely spot here in a small valley where you cross Chipping Brook.

The route then took us to a farm called Saddle End, and from here we headed north, ascending Saddle Fell. As we climbed the views back across the Ribble Valley were fantastically atmospheric.

Eventually we made it to the top of Saddle Fell and followed the path westwards towards Fair Snape Fell. After a while the path stops and becomes a typically pathless Forest of Bowland bog-fest. Here is where you need your waterproof boots, especially in winter. Luckily much of the ground was still frozen, so it made progress a little easier.

We made it to Fair Snape top and took in the views across the Fylde and Lancaster.  We then headed south along Blindhurst Fell towards Parlick Fell, where we descended along the western flank back to the car.

There were lots of people out today, clearly this is one of the most popular walking areas of the Forest of Bowland, especially on Parlick because the paragliders were out in force.

On this route

Startifants Lane, Wolfen Hall, Wolfen Hall Plantation, Saddle End Farm, Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell, Nick’s Chair, Blindhurst Fell, Parlick Fell, Fell Foot