Bowland Fells: Tarnbrook Fell & Wards Stone
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The Forest of Bowland is a designated Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) made up of gritstone fells, deep valleys, and peat moorland in North Lancashire.
At 561m, Ward's Stone is the Bowland Fells, highest point, and the goal of this walk, which also takes in the hamlet of Tarnbrook, before ascending via the shooting tracks to Tarnbrook Fell, onto Mallowbrook Fell with its spectacular views over to Whernside in the Yorkshire Dales.
From there we'll bash through heather and hop bogs until we reach the trig point, before descending past the Luncheon Hut and grouse buts over Margery's Hill to Grizedale Bridge and back to Abbeystead.
Please note: No Dogs (except guide, hearing or assistance dogs) are allowed on this walk as it passes over restricted land with an order in place to protect ground nesting birds.
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What to bring
Hand sanitiser and a face covering: whilst we are living with Covid-19, please bring your own to events to help keep everyone safe
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
There are no shops, cafes or pubs on route, so please bring enough water, hot drinks, food and snacks to last the day.