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Forest of Bowland Walk
Fair Snape Fell from Fell Foot, Forest of Bowland

Region - Forest of Bowland

County/Area - Lancashire

Author - Paul Heap

Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km    Ascent - 1680 feet / 509 metres

Time - 4 hours 40 minutes    Grade - moderate

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Fair Snape Fell from Fell Foot, Forest of Bowland
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This excursion explores the Bleasdale Fells that occupy the south-western corner of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire. Visible from the M6 motorway this range of hills is often neglected by many walkers but the area as a whole offers rich rewards for those willing to explore.

The start of the walk is Fell Foot (Grid ref. SD601442) a few miles to the north of the village of Chipping. Limited parking can be had on the road leading to Fell Foot (GR 602442) but can be limited during the summer months, so its recommended to get there early. From Fell Foot the path heads steeply up towards the summit of Parlick (432 metres). From here follow the fence line north dropping down to a col before climbing once again onto Blinhurst Fell. The path leaves the fence line (near a wind shelter) and heads north west to Fairsnape Summit (510 metres).

From Fairsnape summit follow a path north east to the junction of three fences which coincides with a spot height of 520 metres on the map. From this fence junction you have the options of either following the fence line east or picking up the path which heads south east (GR 598472) across Wolf fell (the later being the better path to follow) This path will eventually take you past the shooting butts leading to the stile to cross onto Saddle Fell.

From this stile the path starts descending to Saddle End farm. After passing through the farm turn sharp right to pick up the path (sign posted) to Wolfden Hall. This path takes you down to Chipping Brook which can be crossed via the footbridge. The path continues past Wolfden Hall. From here the path is onward route is signposted across the field to Wildcock House (ruin). Cross the stile and follow the fence line back to Fell Foot.

Other walks nearby

Walk 1902 Saddle Fell, Fair Snape Fell & Parlick from Chippingmoderate8.0 miles
Walk 2596 The River Brock & Beacon Felleasy/mod9.0 miles
Walk 1670 Hazelhurst Fell, Fair Snape Fell and Parlick moderate11.0 miles
Walk 1218 Fiensdale Head & Bleasdale Water, Forest of Bowlandmoderate10.0 miles
Walk 2594 Totridge Fell & Fiendsdale Head, Forest of Bowlandmoderate11.0 miles

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Located in northern Lancashire, the Forest of Bowland includes wild upland and cultivated valleys. Essentially part of the main Pennine range, the area is dominated by gritstone fells with summits above 450 m and large areas of heather-covered peat moorland. Pendle Hill, a large isolated hill, is located in the south eastern edge of the area. More Information

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