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The Routes and Paths around Farleton Fell.

The area generally known as Farleton Fell is actually an assortment of named fells and crags. Walking in an anticlockwise direction from the starting point where the Limestone Link footpath crosses the road from Hutton Roof Church to Clawthorpe. You will pass over Newbiggin Crags then Farleton Knott and Farleton Fell and on past Farleton Crags, with Holme Park Fell above. Cross Clawthorpe Fell beyond Clawthorpe Quarry then walk back along the Limestone Link path to the starting point.

From the Hutton Roof side of Farleton fell the best access point is where the Limestone Link crosses the Clawthorpe road from Hutton Roof. Take the road at the side of Hutton Roof Church signposted Clawthorpe. After passing Kelker Well Farm and at the T-junction take the left turn. You will see the point where the Limestone Link crosses the road from Hutton Roof and goes onto Farleton Fell (point 'A' on the map). There is limited parking here, and additional spaces another hundred yards down the road. Park opposite the stile and gate onto the fell (point 'B' on the map).

'A' is the start of the section of the Lime stone link, which goes due west from here. In a northerly direction your route to the right passes around the foot of a grassy slope along the boundary wall of Whin Yeats Farm. There is another track which passes through the farm from the Clawthorpe road and straight on to Puddlemire Lane at point 'C'. This bridleway down to the road is a good mountain bike route from which you can continue around the foot of Farleton Knott, down a section of the A6070 and return to the fell at 'D', and back along the Limestone Link. There is a point on this route where another track turns upwards in the direction of the fell proper.

On entering the fell at point 'B', on a stone track, you will soon reach an intersection with the Limestone Link. Carry straight on and then take the route to the left where the main path turns to the right. From here you ascend a short rocky section where limestone rock strata marks the main path to the fell. Soon you again have a choice of path, at the point where the main track again heads right. If you turn left you will pass over sections of limestone pavement. Whichever route you take you will reach the path, which leads in a NNW direction, towards Farleton Knott. There are some excellent views, across the Lune Valley, to the East.

It is well worth visiting the cairn on Farleton Knott, from where there is a wide panorama. The way to the true summit of Farleton Crag, is through a wooden stile in the boundary wall, on the left.

Descending from the cairn on Farleton Knott cross over a stone stile at the foot of Farleton Crag. The path runs parallel to the Crags down a long grassy slope and meets a point on a stony section of the Limestone Link. Turn left and head back towards point 'B'. Avoid taking the path, which heads off left, up Holmepark Fell (unless of course you want to investigate this part of the fell). When you reach a 'Y' junction take the right hand path (the left path, although more obvious, is not the correct route) and you will soon come to a metal gate. Keep on this track and you will return to your starting point (point 'B').

There are many rock climbing routes on the crags, which are detailed in works on the North Lancashire Limestone Climbs so I won't attempt to describe them here. There is also some bouldering, particularly suitable for children and known as the WAVE and TWIN BOULDERS, situated on Holmepark Fell.

Overall Farleton fell is very different in character to Hutton Roof Crags. The vistas are much more extensive and there is considerably less undergrowth to contend with. If you have children with you they shouldn't disappear from view into the vegetation close by.

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