In which an ageing climber comes to terms with life closer to the ground.


Slaidburn Forest of Bowland

Filed under: — Mike Chapman @ 7:38 pm

There are not many places in England especially close to Manchester where it is quiet on a sunny day at the weekend. The Forest of Bowland used to be one of those places. When I was cycling the summer before last I stayed at Slaidburn Youth Hostel and thought at the time it would be nice to go back there when the weather was nice.

lythe Fell Road – North of Slaidburn

I cycled up the this road with a man of a similar age who was getting a 50 mile ride in before lunch and before his grandchildren arrived for the afternoon. Makes you think….

Slaidburn Youth Hostel has got a few things going for it. It is situated in a row of houses opposite a pub that serves very good food. It is small so the dormitories are five or six people at most. if you get the right weekend, we did, you can get views like the one below the next morning.

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