Wyre Way, Trough of Bowland

Route info
Distance 5.5 miles
Time 2hrs
Low Point 150m (approx)
High Point 270m (approx)
Height gain 120m (approx)
Terrain Access land, farms and road
Bogs Very muddy in places
Dogs No dog with me, but should be ok
Cow count 20+ but at a distance
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 8579
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 471 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs 847 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

Wyre_Way (1) (Large)I’d been itching to get out and walk in some of the frost and snow but for one thing or another I’d not had chance yet. However, today I had a window of opportunity – but it was getting late, so I made a quick decision to go and check out some of the Wyre Way near the Trough of Bowland.

I’ve not really incorporated the Trough of Bowland into many of my walks so this was a route I’d been wanting to do for a while. I love the Trough of Bowland, it really is one of the nicest, most serene roads I’ve come across.

I parked up at the ‘Tower Lodge’ near Marshaw on the Trough Road at about 1:30pm and the sun was already dropping behind Hawthornthwaite Fell, so I set off at a good pace.

At  Tower Lodge I walked up a reasonably steep path towards Gilberton and Tarnbrook.  It didn’t take me long to stray off course but I managed to get back on track near Hind Hill.  From here I headed towards Gilberton and it wasn’t long before I strayed a little off course  again.  I don’t think I’m to blame here, the Wyre Way is pretty poorly marked around this section.

Gilberton is a little farm at the foot of Tarnbrook Fell.  Here there is a footbridge which crosses Tarnbrook Wyre – which, along with Marshaw Wyre is a tributary to the River Wyre. Continuing along the Wyre Way, heading West, I eventually reached the small hamlet of Tarnbrook.  Here I carried on along the Wyre Way towards another little farmstead called Top of Emmetts.  It’s all farms on and stiles on this section really.

At the road I decided not to follow my original course along the Wyre Way (towards Abbeystead House) because I wanted to make some time up and get back to the Trough before it went dark.  So I walked along the road till it met up with the Wyre Way again at Well Brook near Marshaw Farm.

I followed the Trough Road until I got back to the Tower Lodge and made it in good time so had the opportunity to take plenty of photos.

This is a decent walk overall, but the farms were really muddy.  Even with the ground being frozen I was still up to my ankles in places.  Also, the Wyre Way is poorly marked in places so take a map or good GPS device.

On this route

Tower Lodge, Hind Hill, Harry Wood, Spreight Clough, Gilberton, Tarnbrook, Top of Emmetts, The Shooting Box, Marshaw, Wyre Way, Sawpit Wood, Trough of Bowland, Forest of Bowland.