Bowland’s North West Moors. 6th August 2023

Walking 13m/8.8m

We started out in sunshine, from the Jubilee tower, crossing farmland below before ascending via Hare Appletree Farm and Rowton Brook to Clougha Pike 413m. A snack & drink in one of the shelters refuelled us for the walk over Grit Fell 468m & up onto Ward’s Stone 560m for lunch. One ill-timed heavy downpour here freshened the air. We descended via the weather station to pick up a firm track down to the road. The sun had reappeared to dry us off along the way. We crossed farmland to Meeting House Farm from where we continued N. back to the Jubilee tower.

Part of our group took the shorter option by turning S. after Grit Fell passing the luncheon hut on their way to the road. A walk up Rakehouse Brow led them back to the tower. They didn’t avoid the rain either.

We gave Andrew Goldsworthy’s stone sculptures a miss this time but did see lots of grouse, rabbits & a few curlew. Cautiously, we passed through a field of inquisitive bullocks near the end of the walk. The weather was still better than forecast so fine views all round – Ingleborough, Lake District hills, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool tower & many of the fells to the S. & E. Nearer to the walk were Heysham power station & the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster.

Thanks to Tina for an interesting walk in a new location.