Tuesday 26 July 2011

Longridge Fell

Distance: 4.5km; Ascent: 100m; with Isabel

Again the weather was forecast to be good for the day that I had off work with Isabel, so I opted to go for a walk in the hills with Isabel in the rucksack carrier.  My chosen hill for the morning was Longridge Fell, and we set off walking at around 10:45am from the viewpoint carpark at Jeffrey Hill.  It was warm and dry with little wind, but mostly overcast, when we set off.

I had planned a bit of a circular walk, with a short detour to bag the summit, so we set off walking along the signposted permissive footpath heading ENE across the moor.  Initially the path was clear and distinct as we passed a flock of sheep, but it soon became indistinct when we reached the boggier ground.  However the wet ground was shortlived and we soon reached a very clear path coming in from the left.

This path soon arrived at the wall that runs along the ridge; we turned left and followed the wall for around a kilometre to reach the trigpoint on the the summit of Longridge Fell (Marilyn) at around 11:15am.  By now the cloud had started to break and it was turning into a warm sunny day.  After a short while admiring the view from the summit, which takes in the Forest of Bowland and southern Yorkshire Dales around to Winter Hill, we returned alongside the wall for just short of half a kilometre.

To vary the return route slightly, I decided to take the right of way south through the forest.  This turned out not to be such a good idea as the path was boggy in places and there was one section where I had to remove the rucksack carrier due to some low tree branches, which made for slow going.  However after a few 100m I reached a junction with a good path, which I took and it headed westwards back to the ridgetop wall.  Upon reaching the wall I turned left, initially along ground I had already covered in ascent; however at the next path junction I opted to stick with the path alongside the wall.  I reached the road in under a kilometre and turned right, uphill, back towards the car, which I reached soon after midday.

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