Paddy’s Pole

At the weekend I was out walking in the Trough of Bowland. Our objective was Paddy’s Pole on Fair Snape Fell. The area is one of the boggiest places in the country and the peat hags can rival those on Kinder Scout. We could be in for an adventure.

We parked in a layby close to Fell Foot farm about 2km NW of Chipping and walked up the lane to the farm and through the gate onto access land to begin the short but steep climb to the summit of Parlick.

280. Starting the ascent

284 it's getting tough

I was finding it tough going and at one point I was overtaken by a guy carrying an enormous backpack. He was about to go paragliding and the pack weighing 20kg contained his sail,  yet he still left me behind.

289 Nearly there

We were nearly at the top when suddenly the sky went dark. I thought it was another eclipse of the sun, but no, it was just a glider passing just over my head and landing nearby.

290 Landed


The summit of Parlick is only 432m (1418ft) in height but the views are impressive. On a clear day you can see the entire coastal plain of Lancashire, the central summits of the Pennines and the southern Lakeland Fells across Morecambe Bay.

292 Summit of Parlick

At the summit there it a large cairn and shelter. Inside we found a green plastic container. It was an urn and had contained the ashes of someone who presumably wanted them scattered on the fell. Perhaps it was their favourite spot. What a wonderful final resting place.

294 Last  resting place

From here we headed North following the line of the fence across Blindhurst Fell before turning West towards Paddy’s Pole.

299 Checking the route

302 Towards Paddy's Pole

Paddy’s Pole stands at 510m (1674ft) and has a large cairn complete with a pole, a shelter and a trig point, an ideal spot to take some photos.

303 Paddy's Pole

At the top

310 At the trig point

We now changed direction to head ENE towards the true summit of Fair Snape Fell at 520m (1706ft). It was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky and after a relatively dry week the conditions were not as bad as I had expected. However we still had to pick our way round stagnant pools and drainage ditches with some slithery patches.

Fairsnape Fell

The next section heading NW towards Fiendsdale Head was probably the worst section with some pools that looked like bottomless pits.

Towards Fiendsdale Head

We now began our descent on a good path heading SW down to the valley. The views were excellent and we could look across to the fells and the skyline along which we had walked earlier in the day.

331 On the way down

335 Info board

It was now easy walking past a couple of farms to get back to our car. Back in Chipping we had time for tea and cake before our journey home.

340 Nearly back

Another marvellous day on the fells.

8 miles with 1538 feet of ascent.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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4 Responses to Paddy’s Pole

  1. These pictures really show the walk at its best – another brilliant day.

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Thanks Wendy. Look forward to the next walk

  3. What a beautiful weather !!

  4. crosbyman66 says:

    Yes. It was perfect for walking and for photography.
    I am enjoying reading about your road trip in the USA

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