Whin Fell, Trough of Bowland

Route info
Distance 8.25 miles
Time 4hrs
Low Point 110m (approx)
High Point 430m (approx)
Height gain 320m (approx)
Terrain Access land, farms and road
Bogs Some very boggy and muddy sections
Dogs No dog with me, but signs said ok on leads
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 18,008
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 810 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 1459 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

Road back to Dunsop Bridge

Road back to Dunsop Bridge

Today I met up with my uncle as he’s wanted to come for a walk in Bowland for a while. The weather was forecast to clear at about 1pm so we delayed starting till about 11:30am.

Parking up at Dunsop Bridge is usually ok, especially if you can get a spot next to Puddleducks Cafe, otherwise there is a car park a little further down the road. Dunsop Bridge is ideally located at the end of the Trough of Bowland, so is a good starting point for plenty of walks.

We set off and turned right (out of the car park) and made our way over the bridge. We then took another right shortly afterwards and headed towards ‘Closes Barn’, a small farm at the foot of Staple Oak Fell. Just after the cottages there is a left turn onto the southern slopes of Staple Oak Fell. Watch out because the path is not very well marked and it is very muddy and slippery. “Man down” was being shouted within minutes as my uncle took his first dive in the mud. I’m sure it won’t be his last.

After about 500 metres we made it to the Trough Road, commonly known as the Trough of Bowland. Here we took a right, heading in a north westerly direction away from Dunsop Bridge. About another 500 metres up the road is Hareden, here we turned onto a path which follows Langden Brook. After passing Smelt Mill (HQ for Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Trust), we eventually reached Langden. I have to say that if you haven’t got good waterproof footwear then it’s best to stick to the road rather than take this path.

At Langden we rejoined Trough Road and carried on for about 1km until reaching a stile at Trough Barn. Now it was upwards onto Whin Fell. Over the course of the next mile or so this section of the walk has an ascent of about 250 metres, so it is fairly steep. Unfortunately the cloud was low around here so we couldn’t see more than 20 metres ahead, but my uncle put it perfectly when he said that views had been replaced by atmosphere.

We eventually made it to the high pass between Whins Brow and Whin Fell and started to descend along Ouster Rake. There’s a fairly steep drop here so we had to watch our feet, but it’s not so bad. I kept mentioning how disappointed I was that we could hardly see in front of us because the view across Brennand Farm towards Whitendale is usually stunning.

After reaching Brennand Farm it’s the end of farmland and fells and back onto a road. We headed south back towards Dunsop Bridge. And whilst this is a ‘road’ it should be noted that the valley is stunning and worth a walk in its own right.

After about another hour along the road we made it back to Puddleducks. On the way home we stopped for a shandy at the Inn at Whitewell. Today we had a great walk, even if we could hardly see in some sections.

On this route

Dunsop Bridge, Puddleducks, Closes Barn, Trough Road, Trough of Bowland, Haredon Farm, Langden Brook, Smelt Mill, Langden, Sykes Farm, Trough Barn, Trough House, Whin Fell, Ouster Rake, Brennand Stones, Brennand Farm, Lower Brennand, River Dunsop, Foot Holme, Bishops House.