DAY 11 – 12th July 2022
Dolphinholme to Chipping – 25.5 miles
Part of Stages 32 and 33 (C4 and C5) to complete the Northern Loop, then along the Hornby Road to pick up Stage 24 (C8) on the Central Loop followed by Stage 25 (C9).
A hard day was in store with two big climbs over the Bowland Fells. In addition I had 3 miles of Stage 32 to complete. So it was inevitable that I would take the Alternative Stage 25, which is shorter by 4.5 miles and follows the Hodder valley to Chipping rather than climbing over the Southern Bowland Fells.
The first and only place for food and refreshments throughput this day is at the Puddleducks cafe in Dunsop Bridge. So you may want to have a packed lunch prepared for you to take for the day.
I stayed at the Derby Arms, which is between Chipping and Longridge. It is about 3 miles from Chipping so I needed a lift.
The Abbeystead reservoir and weir on a grey and cloudy day