logo Walking Britain

Forest of Bowland Walk
Whin Fell & Ouster Rake from Dunsop Bridge

Region - Forest of Bowland

County/Area - Lancashire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.3 miles / 13.5 km    Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres

Time - 5 hours 30 minutes    Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference SD661501
Lat 53.945886 // Long -2.517971
Postcode BB7 3BB (approx. location only)
what3words start ridiculed.waters.isolated

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL41Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL41Digital Map1:25kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Whin Fell & Ouster Rake from Dunsop Bridge

The Forest of Bowland offers many excellent walks in often wild scenery. The village of Dunsop Bridge is the start of this route from the car park located at the eastern end of the village (grid ref. SD661501). After parking exit the car park and turn right. Cross the bridge over the River Dunsop and continue along the road until you reach a stone cross on your right-hand side. Turn right here following the signed bridleway for 800 metres to reach Closes Barn. A few metres after turn left onto a field path leading west.

Continue over a second field to reach a road at a metal gate (grid ref. SD650504). Turn right along the lane and continue for 600 metres to reach the access drive for Hareden Farm on your left (grid ref. SD643506). Walk left over the bridge and take the signed permissive footpath on the right. This leads parallel to Langden Brook, which is on your right. After a kilometre, you reach another bridge. Cross the bridge to a kissing gate and turn left down a track to reach the road (grid ref. SD632511).

Turn left along the road and continue for about a kilometre passing Sykes Farm and a waterworks. Reaching Trough Barn on your right, take the signed bridleway on the right. The track climbs steadily passing Trough House before reaching a stile at a saddle (grid ref. SD643530) with the summit of Whin Fell on your left. If time and energy permits you can make a detour to the summit following the fence. You will be rewarded with some wonderful views over the Forest of Bowland and surrounding areas.

To continue cross the stile and continue steeply down Ouster Rake, which can be a tricky descent in wet and icy conditions. Reaching the bottom of the rake, go through gate and continue to isolated Brennand Farm (grid ref. SD645541). Nearing the farm, aim for the gate at the top of field before the farm. Then follow a farm track across fields to a ladder stile, with the farm on your right onto the farm access road.

Turn right (downhill) passing Lower Brennand on your left. Shortly after (grid ref. SD653535), the track divides. Keep right here and continue down the valley crossing to the west bank of the river before Foot Holme (grid ref. SD652531). After approximately 2 kilometres you reach a footbridge (grid ref. SD656509). Cross this bridge and follow the east ban of the river, ignoring the footpath to Beatrix on your left. This soon becomes a track which leads back to the car park used at the start.



Other walks nearby

Walk 2508 Dunsop Fell & the Forest of Bowland - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 2510 Totridge Fell via Langden & Bleadale Water - mod/hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 2555 Whitendale from Dunsop Bridge - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km

Walk 2556 Whitendale & Dunsop Fell from Dunsop Bridge - mod/hard - 15.0 miles/24.4 km

Walk 3505 Whitewell via Crag Stones from Dunsop Bridge - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 2594 Totridge Fell & Fiendsdale Head, Forest of Bowland - moderate - 11.0 miles/17.9 km

Walk 1218 Fiensdale Head & Bleasdale Water, Forest of Bowland - moderate - 10.0 miles/16.3 km

Walk 2216 Slaidburn Village Trail - Ribble Valley - easy - 0.8 miles/1.2 km

Walk 3329 Stocks Reservoir from Slaidburn - moderate - 11.5 miles/18.7 km

Walk 1902 Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell & Parlick from Chipping - moderate - 8.0 miles/13 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

Walks in Silverdale and Arnside

Walks in Silverdale and ArnsideThis guide to walking the southern dales of the White Peak area of the Peak District National Park, between Ashbourne, Matlock, Buxton and Leek. 30 easy circular routes cross the high plateau and visit the dales, following the Dove, Manifold and Hamps rivers. One of two Cicerone guides to the White Peak.
More information

Walking in the Forest of Bowland and Pendle

Walking in the Forest of Bowland and Pendle A guidebook to 40 diverse circular day walks suitable for walkers with navigational skills. The Forest of Bowland and Pendle are two of north west England's upland AONBs, perfect for walkers who enjoy exploring rough hilly, sometimes pathless terrain. The routes include Ward's Stone, Pendle Hill, Longridge Fell and Fair Snape Fell.
More information

The National Trails

The National TrailsThis inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

CBD For Walking & Hiking

Discover the benefits of CBD for walkers and hikers. More info.

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.