This is a great little walk that takes us to the moorland plateau of the Bowland Hills, revealing its true splendour, heather covered high moorland overlooking lush green cultivated river valleys interspersed with villages and isolated dwellings.
Totridge has at least two identities. Most well known forming the easterly end of the range of hills facing south and presiding over the Hodder Valley, its the other end of the ridge that starts with Parlick and Fair Snape Fell in the west, Totridge is the east buttress of this formidable ground. As well, Totridge dominates the entrance into the Trough of Bowland, overseeing the village of Dunsop Bridge, the village that claims to be the centre of gravity of Britain!
Totridge, rising to 496m commands a strategic position overseeing the ‘goings on’ through the Hodder Valley and almost, pincer-like, controls access into the ‘Trough’. Typically Bowland, Totridge is a peat covered moorland, the underlying millstone grit not often revealed, but its shape gives it a sense of authority.
This excursion is only short, but it’s a wonderful introduction to the Bowland Fells and is suitable for all seasons, perfect on a hot summers day as well as rewarding on those cold frosty winter days. The route follows good paths to the summit. Of course the route can then be reversed, but I suggest a descent without a recognised path leaving the summit along the north ridge. Enjoy your freedom to roam and follow the gently descending north ridge, steering NE from the cairn to descend slightly steeper ground to Fog Hill and the permissive path back to Hareden Farm.