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20th November 2005 - Forest of Bowland

' The Lost Village Walk '
© Alan Richards

Slaidburn
~~~ Circular
Walk ~~~

Slaidburn - St. James' Church - Stocks Reservoir
- Hammerton Hall - Slaidburn

Slaidburn Walk, Forest of Bowland. Photo Copyright: Alan Richards






Slaidburn is an unspoiled village in the centre of the Forest of Bowland, 8 miles north of Clitheroe.

This former possession of the White Rose county of Yorkshire is now firmly ensconced in the county of Lancashire. Although popular with
visitors Slaidburn has lost none of its old world charm. The famous "Hark to Bounty" Inn resides in the centre of the village, which also has a Tea Shop, Youth Hostel, Village Shop, Village School and Church.

Today's walk is fairly easy with little in the way of ascent.

Stocks Reservoir was built in 1932 to provide drinking water for the residents of Lancashire's Fylde Coast. Now all that remains of Dalehead, the village, submerged when the reservoir was built, is the isolated Church of St. James. Rebuilt in an isolated location on a quite country lane leading to Clapham. You should make sure you have enough time to look in to the tiny Church of St. James, and its relocated churchyard. Then, if you are continuing the walk, spare a thought for all the former residents of Dalehead as you look over the now tranquil waters of Stocks Reservoir from Rushton Hill.

Before visiting, study the history of the lost village of Dalehead on the links provided:

ST. JAMES' CHURCH - www-slaidburn.org.uk

DALEHEAD AND THE OPENING OF STOCKS RESERVOIR - www.oldclitheroe.co.uk


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Distance : 6.33 miles / 10.19 km

Type of Walk : Circular

Highest Point : 852ft / 260m

Total Ascent : 747ft / 228m

Time allowed : 3.15 hours (stops not included)

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MAP REFERENCES
FOR WALK



Outdoor Leisure 41
Forest of Bowland

and Ribblesdale
Pendle Hill, Clitheroe and Settle



Road Location Map

Slaidburn


Start of Walk Map
Slaidburn Car Park
Grid Ref: SD71367 52420


SLAIDBURN
Village Car Park

Footpath : 1.87 miles
(L) Out of carpark and cross the bridge. (L) East to Lower High Field. (L) Northeast past Pikefield Plantation, through Standridge to B6478
B6478 Road : 0.576 miles
(L) Northeast to Higher Stony Bank
Footpath : 0.55 miles
(L) North to Brook House Green
Track/Footpath : 0.515 miles
North around Brook House Green past Lower Barn to a country lane
Lane : 786ft
(L) West to St. James' Church

ST. JAMES' CHURCH
Footpath : 1.6 miles
West to Rushton Hill, through Black House, over Ten Acre Hill, south past Higher Laithe to Hammerton Hall

HAMMERTON HALL
Footpath : 1.01 miles
South to Holmehead Bridge, crossing the bridge continue south to Slaidburn

Lane : 0.0 miles
(L) into the village

SLAIDBURN - End of the Walk