Bowland place names tend towards a rather Tolkienesque darkness. In the course of a single outing you might encounter the Grey Stone of Trough, Dead Man’s Stake, Hell Crag, Pig’s Face, Catshaw Greave, Fiendsdale and Wolfhole Crag. This lupine lair is the destination of our there-and-back-again quest and, if you’re blessed with a vivid imagination, you can envision dark, lowbacked shapes still stalking these moors. As if that wasn’t enough to fire the fancy, this route also visits the geographical centroid of Great Britain: the point on which our kingdom would balance if it were poised on a fingertip. Forget Meriden and Haltwhistle: this is the one, true centre.
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Distance: 12.20 miles (19.63 km)
Total ascent: 533m
Time: 2:30 hours (Trail running);
5 hours (Walking)
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SummitsWolfhole Crag 527 m
Dunsop Bridge, SD659501
Much of the route is on very good tracks, including tarmacked farm road, but be prepared to get up close and personal with peaty heather in the middle section.
These moors are controlled by grouse-shooting interests so beware of heading up there after August 12th without a flak jacket. In winter, this is committing territory: think Bleaklow if you're familiar with the Dark Peak.
The 510 bus service may be able to get you to Dunsop Bridge from Clitheroe.
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