Walk: Ward’s Stone

Ward's Stone.
Ward's Stone.

From the car park turn left across Stoops Bridge and the infant River Wyre.

On the far side turn right onto a footpath opposite a handsome house.

Keep on it as it crosses riverside meadows to reach Rakehouse Brow. Turn left. After 300yds bear right onto the farm drive of Rakehouse Barn.

Follow the tracks then it bears right in front of another handsome house –Higher Lee – and then turns left to commence the climb up to Grizedale Head.

This Landover track provides very easy walking and navigating.

After an hour of walking the track levels out and then intercepts the ridge route between Grit Fell to the left and Ward’s Stone to the right.

Turn right and this path is of a very different character to the Landover track.

As it crosses peat and heather it begins to climb along a shallow rock strewn gully to reach the first of two trig points. Here there is an impressive gritstone outcrop that presumably gave the fell its name.

Maintaining the same direction of travel from Grit Fell i.e. eastwards, look for the second trig point on the horizon.

A boundary stone will be passed after 150yds or so. After reaching the second trig point – at 561m one metre higher than the first – drop down on a more definite path to the corner of a fence.

This fence now provides a handrail to guide you over the next section of the route. On two stretches the fence becomes a wall.

Keep the fence/wall on your left as you progress along the broad ridge moving closer to the next summit, Wolfhole Crag.

In this way you will intercept a Landover track that crosses your path, a mile and a half from the second trig point. Turn right.

Follow the track as it winds its way down the fellside and after an hour after joining it, you will arrive at the tiny settlement of Tarnbrook.

After entering the hamlet keep ahead on the main street for 150yds and then turn left onto a footpath that is the Wyre Way.

This trail leads most of the way back to the car park. First it crosses the Tarnbrook Wyre and then climbs the low ridge through a succession of fields to Top of Emmetts.

The path is well signed with waymark arrows and decorative stone markers.

When Top Emmetts comes into sight across a large field turn left and cross a ladder stile followed by a footbridge into the adjoining field.

Turn right and with the hedge on your right keep ahead to reach the drive of Top Emmetts.

Cross the lane and follow the footpath in the direction of Strait Lane.

After a marker stone decorated with a bunny rabbit bear left in the huge field to follow the side of a plantation to a gate behind a property.

The path leads through an enclosure, around a shed and onto Strait Lane. Turn left for Stoops Bridge.