Dunsop Bridge, over Ouster Rake and back down the Brennand Valley
Map: 1: 25,000 Outdoor Leisure Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.
Length = 8.0 miles Grid Ref = SD660 500.
Parking: on the car park across the road from the village green.
Varied terrain. 2 miles of fairly strenuous hill walking on thin paths and rough tracks. 1 mile on a very scenic quiet tarmac road. Because of the track over Ouster Rake this walk is not recommended in wintry weather.
Dunsop Bridge is a tiny Bowland village which lays claim to being at the centre of the United Kingdom. The public phone box on the green is the 100,00th box installed by BT and marks it's special position wth place names inscribed on the four windows. Brennand is a remote farm in a vast hollow encircled by bleak fells. It is the site of an ancient vaccary established by the monks from Whalley Abbey and it is thought that there was once a chapel on the site. Lead was mined at Brennand in the 17th C and the ore was taken over Ouster Rake to the Smelt Mill cottages. This is now an outward bound centre and home to the fell rescue team.