A Fell-tastic Hike
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We'll be heading up Fair Snape Fell approaching from the rear!
From the car park we head along a valley to what the map describes as a "castle" (calling it a barn would be generous). Leaving our disappointment behind, we adventurously cross a stream, and make way up the side of the valley. We meander through ravine/trench-esque paths and over a peat field before arriving at the summit of Fair Snape Fell. The views over South down to Manchester and West over to Blackpool are stunning. After hunkering down in the shelters for lunch, we head back down the same way we came (other routes back would be too long!)
Joking aside, this is a fantastic walk with great views and a mix of terrain. Steep in sections, but around 400-450m of elevation in total. 15km
Good boots and gaiters are a must - it does get boggy. If the weather is looking particularly rainy, this event may be postponed due to the boggy path towards the summit.
Due to the boggy parts this event is limited in numbers. Sorry, dogs are not permitted on parts of this route.
What to bring
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
Lunch and snack for the walk. Plenty of water, and an optional hot drink.