Walk 2 - Litton and the Birks Fell Ridge- 10 miles- An excellent fell walk passing the remote Birk's Tarn. This can be attempted from either Litton or Hubberholme [on the other side]. I have described the walk from Litton here.
Leave Litton to right-hand side of the Queens Arms Pub through farm yard and proceed up slopes to top at Old Cote Moor. Pass through gate and turn left. Follow ridge with wall on left hand side passing Birks Tarn on the right. The path is undulating following a drystone wall along the ridge for most of the way. After a fence section there is a boggy patch which can be best avoided by crossing to the left of the the fence for a short while and then back again. Otherwise the going is very good.
Eventually, Horse Head Gate will be reached after some 3 miles or so on the top. There are two alternatives here. Either turn immediately left and follow track down to Halton Gill (near a farm) or continue along the tops for another mile until a stile is reached. This gives slightly longer on the ridge.Turn left at the stile and this path will descend to the meet the former track at a point just above Halton Gill.
Passing on the roadway through the hamlet of Halton Gill turn right after the small parking area. Cross river by the road bridge and immediately turn left along river bank. The path crosses several fields, deviating slightly towards the farm at Hesleden and continuing to Litton.
An excellent alternative to this is to commence at Hubberholme walking along the road towards Buckden. After 1/2 mile footpath commences on the right joining a track. This zig zags up the hill passing through the trees before continuing diagonally up the hill to Old Cote Moor. At the top bear right and continue along the ridge passing Birks Tarn. At Horse Head Gate bear right down the hillside to Yockenthwaite or carry on to pick up path down to Beckermonds. Cross the bridge by the farm and continue back to Hubberholme on left hand bank of river
©John Carey 2009
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