Dunsop Bridge to Newton and back: Barns, Byres, Bridges and By-ways


Back O' Hill barn
clapper bridge


Walk Overview:

This circular walk takes us along the side of the Hodder Valley and offers us extensive views across this beautiful landscape whilst we wander along one of the best footpaths in Lancashire!

Best because we can survey our route before us at Back O Hill Barn; across the valley to Rough Syke Barn and the wonderful turf covered road to Bull Lane; yet hidden from us but soon to be revealed is the most delightful ‘clapper bridge’ crossing the crystal clear waters of Rough Syke.

Take a moment to survey the bridge, imagine how it was constructed - without modern machinery! It’s a work of art!

A short gentle walk to Rough Syke Barn, we then follow the well crafted grassy track to Bull Lane. This must be one of the loveliest spots in the County where man’s intervention has been a success through simplicity and understatement. Why so much craft and effort was devoted to this short fellside track remains a mystery.

We then visit the beautiful village of Newton before returning along the south bank of the Hodder to Dunsop Bridge. We cross Giddy Bridge then pass by the interesting rope bridges over the Hodder and the Tudor Style Knowlmere Manor, built in 1849 for Jonathon Peel.

It’s a delightful walk through a beautiful landscape.



Fly-by Video:

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Walk Details:
Start: Dunsop Bridge, SD66077 50125
Distance 11.7km (7.5 miles)
Ascent: 220m
Grade: Moderate
NB: grading is based upon normal conditions & can be subjective
Countryside Code for the public:
be safe - plan ahead & follow any signs
leave gates & property as you find them
protect plants & animals
take your litter home
keep dogs under close control
consider other people
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