Yesterday “Her In Doors” and I decided to take a walk up Clougha Pike and Grit Fell at the northern edge of The Forest of Bowland, overlooking the city of Lancaster and Morecombe Bay.
After an uneventful drive up the M61 and M6 from Manchester we parked in the car park opposite Jubilee Tower got kitted up and started the slog up Hare Appletree Fell. This was the worst part of the walk. It took us an hour to walk the one and a bit miles from Jubilee Tower to the top of Grit Fell trying to avoid the bogs and streams on the way, the ground was very soft and spongy. For a change “Her In Doors” was leading the way. All those chocolates at Christmas were taking their toll.
Map of the route and Route Card showing the elevation.
Panoramic view from Jubilee Tower. Clougha Pike on the left, Grit Fell in the middle and Ward’s Stone on the right.
When we got to the top of Grit Fell we had a breather for 5 minutes and chatted to a couple of rangers who were observing a navigation exercise on the moor.
Photo looking out towards Morecombe Bay. A hazy view but you can just make out Heysham power station in the centre of the photo.
Our destination, Clougha Pike from Grit Fell.
As we got over the summit of Grit Fell heading towards Clougha Pike we could see the wind farm at Caton Moor off to the North East.
The ridge from Grit Fell to Clougha Pike is scattered with gritstone, which was used to make millstones plus a number of grit stone outcrops.
Some nice weathering.
The Trig point at Clougha Pike, taken from one of the stone wind shelters, where we stopped and had lunch.
On the way back from Clough Pike we stopped at one of the girtstone outcrops where I took this photo of “Her In Doors”
That’s when I noticed the smoke. OMG the moor is on fire. I didn’t think it was dry enough for that.
As it was they were burning off all the dead heather on the moor.
We skirted round the burning to take a look at the Andy Goldsworthy “Three Chairs” sculpture.
Then back over Grit Fell and down to the car. All in all a very enjoyable time, even allowing for the cold wind blowing in off the Irish Sea and the noisy Grouse.