Saturday 13 September 2014. After a misty cloudy day yesterday it was back to sunshine again today. I made a slightly later start at 11:00 after driving towards Dunsop Bridge only to find that it was the day of their annual show. Rather than getting caught up in the traffic, I doubled back to Burholme Bridge for the start of a 7.1 mile walk with 1,000ft of ascent. It was basically a walk around Mellor Knoll (1,128ft). The first half of the walk was fairly easy following the River Hodder to the café at Dunsop Bridge with a stop for a giant mug of tea and a bacon sandwich. The climbing only started on the flanks of Mellor Knoll with a pull of over 400ft. It was at this point that I caught the tail end of the ladies fell race from the Dunsop Bridge Show. Their course took them to the top of Totridge Fell and back. The route was around 3 miles with 1,250ft of ascent.
I still had some more climbing to do as I made my way through Lower France Wood before descending 650ft back to the car. It was a walk with great variety and one that I would do it again some time.