Visiting the farmsteads at Whitendale and Brennand from Dunsop Bridge

Whitendale and the fellside track leading to Brennand
the estate road leading to the remote settlements

Walk Overview:

We visit the remote farms of Whitendale and Brennand, both settle comfortably in their respective valleys separated by Middle Knoll.

At Whitendale, all I could hear was the sound of nature, birds singing, the satisfying sound of babbling brooks and cascading water whilst a gentle wind rustled the trees - there is a wonderful sense of peace here, for that alone, it is worth the walk up the valley.

In the 19th century, a small lead mining interest disturbed the peace at Brennand and Whitendale, industrial activity continued until around 1873, when the price of lead plummeted. However small, mining has shaped this landscape and contributes to our experience today.

This route consists of walking the long valley on good roads as well as crossing the pass over the fellside (which is a little wet underfoot in places and demands progress) between the two farmsteads. Along this section, we can enjoy a sense of remoteness that increases our experience.

Dunsop Bridge is sited at the confluence of the River Hodder and the River Dunsop, it is a delightful village in a delightful location and welcomes its visitors with open arms.

Today, Dunsop Bridge has the reputation of being at the geographical centre of Great Britain.

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Walk Details:
Start: Dunsop Bridge, SD66077 50125
Distance 13km (8 miles)
Ascent: 253m
Grade: Difficult (due to the distance)
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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