6.5 mile circular, January 2014

Gisburn ForestOur first outing for 2014 was mostly a good one.  I’ve been to Gisburn Forest a few times but today saw a lot that I’d not seen before, which in part was unintentional.

The first half of the walk went well, we made our way up to Whelp Stone Crag, which is an impressive rocky outcrop at the very edge of the eastern side of the Forest of Bowland.  After a short break we then made our way down into Gisburn Forest.  This is when we took a wrong turn and ended up walking in circles for a while.

I took a wrong turn onto a cycle track and within 15 minutes became a bit lost.  There are so many tracks it really can be quite confusing. Normally I wouldn’t mind taking a wrong turn because I could have found may back to the car using the outline of the fells for direction, but light was fading fast and I didn’t fancy trying to find my way back in the dark.

Today was a good lesson for thinking about safety, if we had have got stuck we had a wind up lantern, survival bag and plenty of water. I had also emailed my wife with a rough map, so at least our location could be traced within a mile or two.  In hindsight I should have retraced my steps rather than trying to make the walk circular.  But never mind, all’s well that ends well!

Distance 6.5 miles
Time 3.5 hrs
Low Point About ? metres
High Point 371 metres
Terrain Mostly good tracks
Bogs Ankle deep in places
Dogs No dog with us, but other dogs about
Estimated Calories burned 2000 cal

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Halstead Farm, Whelp Stone Crag, Whelpstone, Gisburn Forest