The full Hornby Road walk is approximately 15 miles long, beginning in Slaidburn and ending in Hornby. We just did a short taster before planning the full walk in for the summer – it requires a bit of planning on the transport front.
With sweeping views across the moorland, a sense of solitude, some interesting thoughts about the history of the road and the land, so much wildlife to see, even our short walk was a great example of the very essence of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Forest of Bowland.
Hornby Road, also known as the Salter Fell Track is an ancient route that links the Lune Valley with West Riding of Yorkshire. The Romans laid a road that spans across the empty moors, creating a much used thoroughfare. The isolated moorland is impressive, and more recently laid tracks over the Roman road make it easier to traverse. In fact, the full route was endorsed by no other than the great Alfred Wainwright as one of the finest moorland walks in the country. Quite some accolade.
We wandered up Wood House Lane towards Low Fell, and enjoyed the views of Baxton Fell and the more distant Wolfhole Crag. We also crossed Croasedale Brook two or three times, which can be tricky in more inclement weather.
If you are interested in the history of this quite captivating place then it’s definitely worth visiting and reading more about the so-called ‘Witches of Pendle’. It was on this very road that they were taken from Clitheroe to Lancaster for the trial to face their fate in 1612. You will find a metal post on the walk near to the old Croasdale Quarry that records this.
See you there in Summer!
Along the way (things to look out for on your OS map)
Clough Barn, Low Fell, Hind Slack Rig, Dane Hill Well (Spring). Hornby Road, New Bridge, Croasdale Fell, Croasdale Brook, House of Croasdale, Croasdale House, Simfield, Higher Wood House.