Tim writes (20/04/2020): As I’m going through some of the older walks from Bowlandwalks I found this Whitendale Hanging Stones walk today, and immediately wanted to upload it. I remember it being a fantastic long walk, with our usual antics of losing the tracks and ending up heather bashing until we found a path again.
Being nearly 7 years ago I cannot remember every detail of the walk, but I do remember it was very hot and hazy – so some of the photos weren’t particularly great. But me, my son Jack, and pal Kev had a brilliant afternoon and I can’t wait to go back and get some new photos.
Whitendale Hanging Stones is the geographical centre of the UK and I’d tried to get to them from Dunsop Bridge around Christmas time, but left it too late in the day so had to turn back. I therefore didn’t want to do the same route again so tackled it from Tarnbrook.
The beauty of setting off from Tarnbrook meant that I could also visit Wolfhole Crag, which is one of Bowland’s higher fells at 527 metres. There is also a plane crash site up here for those interested in visiting wreckage sites. The aircraft downed in February 1944 after becoming iced up in the cloud.
After Wolfhole Crag the route descends a little down to the stones and we stopped for a little while and took some pictures. We then retraced our steps and followed the fence line to Brennand Great Hill at 474 metres.
We then carried on to a rocky outcrop marked as Millers House on the map, and from here we set across the heather towards White Moor. Eventually the track meets up with the Wyre Way back into Tarnbrook.
Along the way (things to look out for on your OS map)
Higher Syke, Moss End, Pea Carr Barn, Tarnbrook Fell, Wolfhole Crag, Whitendale Hanging Stones, Woodyards, Brennand Great Hill, Millers House, High Tower Plantation, White Moor Clough, White Moor, Harry Wood, Spreight Clough, Gilberton.