Chipping Fells
Length = 7.5 miles Grid Ref =SD622 432
Parking: There are two car parks near the church on the Garstang road.
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Chipping is an attractive stone built village which emerged as a market town in 1203. It boasts a well known furniture factory and Lancashire cheese is made at Wolfen Mill. The four fells, Saddle, Wolf, Fair Snape and Parlick are collectively known as the Bleasdale Fells and the latter pair are two of the best known and most climbed hills in Bowland. The true summit is at Fair Snape where the landscape is covered with peat hags and tough heather. The western summit is at Paddy's Pole where there is also a welcome cruciform wind shelter. From here there are spectacular views across the Fylde plains to the west coast and up into the Lakeland Hills. In the past Parlick was used as a Beacon Hill to rally the Catholics in the Jacobite Revolution in the 18th century. Now it is a haunt of hang gliders and gliders which can be quite unnerving for walkers as a silent aircraft suddenly appears a few feet above!
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St Bartholomew's Church
Hang gliders off Parlick
Fell foot
Paddy's Pole
Chipping Church
Hang gliders
Fell Foot
Top of Saddle Fell