Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Walk the Roeburndale West to the Salter Road

On a good day the walk up the Roeburndale West road offers some lovely views to the Three Peaks and the fells to the north. If you walk to High Salter (Salter is the name for a deer entrance to a park in  medieval times ) you can get onto the old road to Slaidburn, a charming village with a pub, Hark to Bounty, to refresh the weary walkers. The walk from High Salter SD608625 to Slaidburn takes 4 hours one way. You will be very lucky if you see the now rare Hen Harrier as the latest fledgings were killed by unknown persons as the tags disappeared.  Parts of this road called the Old Hornby road are marked as Roman and if you decide to do this walk you can veer off to the left where the Roman road goes north towards Lowgill instead of going on to Slaidburn.
the Roeburndale West road towards Barking Bridge
the steep hill down to the bridge with Mallowdale fells in the background
the gate that leaves the tarmac at High Salter farm goes on to the old track

the track leading to Slaidburn
views on a clear day to the Lake District mountains

the Three Peaks from the track

onwards to Slaidburn

you could go towards Winder, Littledale and the top of Roeburndale

towards the north

on the way back you can choose to go back on the public footpath through the woods and fields

tree canopy showing the density of trees of Roeburndale

Roeburndale woods

gnarled trees and old stone walls are common in these parts

you can go down the footpath through Backsbottom

and continue down towards the Roeburn and footbridge.