Thursday 15th April.       6 miles.       Fairsnape.

I feel released at last. Well almost.

I’ve been very good during the Pandemic, self-isolating for my own good, not mixing with my family or anyone else really, not travelling outside my area and living off home deliveries. The latter have been excellent, and I’ve put on a few pounds. Today I went high into the Bowland Fells for the first time in months. I felt strangely anxious, not wanting a helicopter rescue. But I have walked this route hundreds of times, it was once my evening fell run.

I parked in my little slot below Saddle End and walked slowly up the fell. As usual, I met no one going this way and I was so slow others would have overtaken me. Skylarks were in full song, and it was a joy to be on the hill.

I took the manufactured track across the side of the fell, but I had to deviate over the flagstones to take in the highest point, the cairn of Fairsnape Fell, 520 m. One can’t come up here without visiting the top, but apparently many do. I was rewarded in solitude with views over to the three Yorkshire Peaks area where friends were walking today – if they could get parked anywhere.

The beeline to Paddy’s Pole, the other summit of Fair Snape, 510 m, was easy as the peat hags had dried up in the last couple of weeks. You can hardly believe the difference in that time from limb sucking bogs to dry, even dusty, peat. Anyhow, I wasn’t complaining.

There was no one at the cairns or trig point on this westerly bit of Fair Snape Fell. I sat and ate an orange looking out to Morecambe Bay and the hazy Lake District. I spent some time scouting out for a flat area suitable for an overnight bivi. Last year, or the year before, I bivied out on Beacon Fell and Longridge Fell and I want to complete the trilogy which was halted last  year.

Then it was fast walking around the fell rim towards Parlick, not forgetting to spot Nick’s Chair [Martin B]

Earlier in the day I’d spotted parapentes in the sky, launching from the more unusual east side of Parlick. I took the track in their direction hoping for some close up photos, but it seemed to be lunchtime. None were in the air. Some were still making their laborious way up. As soon as I was halfway down they stared appearing in the sky once more. I took the steep way down the fell.

Traversing lapwing fields took me back to the road and my solitary car. I managed to buy some excellent free-range eggs at the end of the lane.

Down came the soft top for an exhilarating drive home. I do feel I’ve been released. On a day like today up there in the Bowland Fells you couldn’t feel any different. A natural high.

And then I read this – https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/red-kite-shot-in-cotswolds/


9 thoughts on “A NATURAL HIGH – FAIR SNAPE.

  1. Michael Graeme

    A grand day out. There is a sense now of things getting better. This spell of good weather is helping. It also lifts my spirits no end to finally get the top down on the car and remember why I bought it.

  2. ms6282

    It’s a long time since I’ve done that walk up on those lonely (except for paragliders!) fells. Must get up there soon – hopefully on a day like that!

    1. bowlandclimber

      Yes they are relatively lonely, especially when you look north from Fairsnape true summit – nothing but wilderness.
      Now is a good time to visit as the peat is so dry.
      There are parking problems at Fell Foot below Parlick so my little spot below Saddle Side is ideal – but don’t tell anybody.
      Saddle End gives a good way up.

      1. ms6282

        Unfortunately walking is outfor a few weeks now ☹️ as I have a minor op this week. Crossing my fingers for good weather to keep the peat dry for when I’m able to get out again

  3. Martin Banfield

    Yes, BC, last time I was up there we missed both Nick’s Chair and the true summit! I’ll plan a clockwise version soon!


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