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The Bowland 1500’s                                                         UK Ultras

The bleak and rugged fells of the Forest of Bowland, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, remain one of the last great wilderness areas of England.  Access was carefully restricted until recently when the CROW Act of 2000 finally granted the right to roam across this relatively undiscovered area.  The Dig the Peat series, promoted by Bowland Fellrunners, exploits the numerous opportunities now officially open to the long distance enthusiast.  All are informal routes without time limits, rules or registration.

The Bowland 1500's is one of the longest routes to have been completed to date.  It was first completed by Andy Verden and John Rodgers in winter 2004.  The round was devised by the trio of Les Orr, Ian Roberts and Andy Walmsley and evolved from an earlier round of 15 tops by Alan Heaton, Terry Houston and Les Orr.  A lesser round of the 1500' trig points, eight in all, also makes for a rewarding day out (see link below).

Route


The route which starts and finishes at Stoops Bridge, Abbeysteads GR 563 543 must visit the 19 tops listed below.  This will involve some 42 miles and 6200' of climbing.  Use Explorer Map OL41 - Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.

Schedule

Bowland 1500 19 Tops.xlsClick on the icon to view and print summit details plus a sample schedule - all in an Excel spreadsheet format.


Completions

No formal register is kept of completions but Andy Walmsley would be pleased to hear of any successful rounds.  Email: andrew.walmsley2@ntlworld.com

Links and Further Information

□   1500’ Trigs – route details and a sample schedule of a shortened round including only the eight 1500' tops with a trig point (Excel format).

1

Hawthornthwaite Fell Top

1568’

GR 563 543

Trig Point

2

White Moss

1522’

GR 575 504


3

Holme House Fell

1506’

GR 577 482


4

Fairsnape Fell

1706’

GR 597 472


5

Paddy’s Pole

1673’

GR 591 468

Trig Point

6

Totridge Fell

1627’

GR 634 487

Trig Point

7

Whins Brow

1562’

GR 636 533

Trig Point

8

Baxton Fell

1539’

GR 671 560


9

White Hill

1785’

GR 673 588

Trig Point

10

Ravens Castle (south)

1578’

GR 693 612


11

Great Harlow

1594’

GR 697 608


12

Thistley Hill

1512’

GR 692 619


13

Wolfhole Crag

1729’

GR 633 578

Trig Point

14

Brennand Great Hill

1555’

GR 620 563


15

Long Crag

1575’

GR 602 573


16

Grey Crag

1739’

GR 601 591


17

Ward’s Stone – east

1841’

GR 592 587

Trig Point

18

Ward’s Stone – west

1838’

GR 585 585

Trig Point

19

Grit Fell

1535’

GR 556 588