Fair Snape Fell from Fell Foot

7th January 2023

The weekend had been a washout and the thought of a having a lazy weekend looked too inviting but after a few hours of doing now't I started to get bored and heading out for a walk was the only option.

I'd taken Brad and Holly out this morning and was lucky enough to have some sunshine for an hour or so but but by the time I got back it was already starting to cloud over again.

Despite a few showers the forecast looked brighter for the afternoon so I planned to walk Fair Snape Fell timing my return to catch the sunset but the brightness never came instead I took a soaking on my way back but it was still nice to get out and return to an area of Bowland that I hadn't walked for a few years.

Ordnance Survey OL41
Forest of Bowland & Ribblesdale

Ascent: 1,079 Feet - 329 Metres
Hewitts: 2 - Parlick - Fair Snape Fell
Weather: Overcast With Light Rain To Start Turning Heavy. Windy Where Exposed Highs of 10°C Lows of 8°C
Parking: Road Side Parking, Fell Foot Farm
Area: Forest of Bowland
Miles: 4
Walking With: On My Own
Ordnance Survey: OL41
Time Taken: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
Route: Fell Foot Farm - Parlick - Blindhurst Fell - Fair Snape Fell - Blindhurst Fell - Parlick Fell West Flank - Fell Foot Farm

Parking Details and Map
Nearest Post Code: PR3 2NQ
Grid Reference: SD 601 442


Map and Photo Gallery


Longridge Fell from the ascent of Parlick 14:20pm 8°C

It had started to rain after I left the M6 and there was no signs of the brightness that had been forecast. I parked easily behind a fell runner who was stood behind his car with his boot open who then gave me an extra long stare through the tailgate glass The fell runner left as I threw my pack over my shoulder making sure I'd tucked my waterproof trousers into my packs side pocket for ease of use should the rain get any heavier. There was water everywhere after last nights downfall which actually woke me up during the night, who doesn't like being woken up by the rain though.

I passed Fell Foot Farm which is to the right of the trees below and sighted the fell runner half the way up Parlick, hands on knees, wide strides giving the steep fell side everything he'd got. There are three paths to ascend/descend by one that ascends via the flank of the fell before a steep last push, the second and most popular is a direct path which is actually quite eroded or this one, a smooth grassy trod but don't let the photo fool you, it's very steep and even has a false summit.

The view over west Lancashire towards the Fylde coast.
That's the last of the brightness making way for rain clouds!

Rays of light, Fylde coast.
Almost at the top of Parlick now.

Fair Snape Fell across Blindhurst Fell.
The fell runner had long gone by the time I reached Parlick summit where a large group of walkers were stood listening to who I assumed was an outdoor instructor. I pass them with a nod and began the slight descent over Blindhurst Fell.

Fair Snape Fell from Blindhurst Fell.
It didnt take long for the rain to reach me approaching from the west in curtains which gave me just enough time to slip my waterproof over trousers on.

Looking back on Blindhurst Fell and Parlick.
The good news was I could see when the rain was approaching the bad news was it's getting pretty windy now which is never a good mix.

Fair Snape Fell summit.
I'd passed the fell runner prior to reaching the summit where a nod was shared and seemed much friendlier than he did back at Fell Foot. It's getting on to 15:30pm now leaving about thirty five minutes before the sunset so I best get a move on,

Rain, cloud and wind.
Within ten minutes of leaving the summit the skies darkened further and the showers were replaced by one continuous downpour.

Blindhurst Fell.
I passed the walking group who were still listening to the instructor where the stone wall curves left ahead. I'd joked to myself earlier that I hoped they knew how to navigate in the dark but perhaps that was what they are waiting for.

Sunset and showers 16:10pm

I wasn't exactly benighted but another ten to fifteen minutes would have seen me do so. The rain continued to pour to the point I had to keep jerking my head forward to lose the droplets dripping from the peak of my hood. Bleakness came and for some strange reason it didn't feel like a Saturday afternoon it was just dark, wet and windy now.

I skirted around the western flank of Parlick wishing I hadn't after seeing how much mud I had to drudge through which eventually gave way for the 'tourist path' which had been resurfaced since my last visit. The lights from farms and villages below started to appear and there was just enough light to see me down the tourist path. My car came into view as I rounded the flank of the fell by which time the rain had let off and all that was left was the sound of rain water draining in the ground below.


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