Wolfhole Crag and Ward's Stone from 'The Trough'

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Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Wolfhole Crag and Ward's Stone from 'The Trough' is a 11.8 mile loop trail located near Lancaster, Lancashire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length11.8 miElevation gain2,290 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersOver grownOff trail
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A maxim of 'Don't go on the Bleasdale Fells unless there has been at least 3-nights of frost' may be your best friend. It must also be made clear that in a lot of cases 'paths' either don't exist or are so slight that they appear and disappear at will, as walkers search out lines of least resistance. On this route walls or fences are at hand most of the time. The start was at the well known beauty spot that is affectionately known as 'The Trough' on the Abbeystead to Dunsop Bridge Road. Tower Lodge (grade 2 listed), the only building hereabouts, was built as the gate house for Wyresdale Tower which was started but never completed. On reaching the open moor the wall is followed first to Rowentree Rocks and then to Miller's House (more rocks). From here ahead is clearly seen Brennand Great Hill which was the unlikely setting for a demonstration in September 1992, to protest at the lack of access to the Bowland Fells by landowners. 250 took part including Benny Rothman a leader of the 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass. The ascent is so gentle that height gained is hardly noticed. On reaching the sign post on the watershed it is a simple 'out and back' to visit the trig point at Wolfhole Crag. On return it is an easy traverse to reach Brown Syke where a swift return may be made on the estate roads but leaving out Ward's Stone. Unless the ground is totally frozen it is problematic in the extreme from Brown Syke most of the way to the plateau that is Ward's Stone. The extensive exposed peat will swallow you up !! Ward's Stone is the highest point in the Forest of Bowland with good views to The Three Peaks, Morcambe Bay and The Lakes. From here it was trackless until locating the estate road near the Cat and Kittens rocks. It is then an enjoyable descent to the Hamlet at Tarnbrook and the return to Tower Lodge.

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