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Wednesday, 12th July - Wolf Fell, Bowland

On Wednesday 12th July a group from the Lancaster group of the Ramblers went on a 7 mile walk in the Forest of Bowland.

Starting from Fell Foot, north-west of Chipping on a fine dry, sunny day with a light breeze, we had an exhilarating climb up Parlick from where views of the Ribble valley and Pendle Hill, Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales and across Morecambe Bay were to be seen.

We continued along the ridge of Blindhurst Fell to Fair Snape Fell (Paddy’s Pole) with its cairn, Trig Point and four-compartment shelter (from wind if not rain) where a welcome coffee break was taken. After retracing our steps for a short while we continued to the cairn overlooking the bleak Brown Berry Plain and Bleadale Moss. Bowland has a reputation for bog but conditions were largely dry, despite the previous day’s rain, and the paths clear and firm. Plenty of grouse were seen and heard.

Our route continued over Wolf Fell to Saddle Fell where we had lunch watching the paragliders on Parlick searching for sufficient breeze although it would be mid-afternoon before conditions really improved for them. After lunch, we continued down through Saddle End farm, where the sheep were being clipped, and Wolfen Hall back to the cars and then the delights of the Chipping café.

Neil Herbert