Chipping Circular Walk via Fair Snape Fell + Parlick Pike | Lancashire

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

Chipping is a quaint village located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Ribble Valley with many walks in the surrounding hills and rolling landscapes. The most popular is the Chipping Circular Walk via Fair Snape Fell and Parlick Pike.

About Chipping, Lancashire

The Lancashire village and civil parish of Chipping is a conservation area that lies on the southwestern edge of the Forest of Bowland. It is named in the Domesday book as ‘Chippenden’ the name coming from the medieval ‘Chepyn’ meaning marketplace.

Chipping was a thriving place to be in the Industrial Revolution owing to the 7 country mills located along Chipping Brook. The village has almost paused in time with the narrow streets, stone-built cottages, 13th century St Bartholemew’s church Grade II listed building, 17th-century school, and almshouses endowed by John Brabin, dyer and cloth merchant, on his death in 1684. The money from the trust fund is still used to benefit the education of all village children regardless of religion.

Soak up the English countryside in one of the village pubs in Chipping; the Sun Inn and the Tillotson’s Arms, the perfect spot to rest your weary legs after a long walk up Fair Snape Fell. Legend has it, the Sun Inn is haunted by the ghost of Lizzie Dean, a wench who served in the pub in the 17th century, do you dare?

Chipping Circular Walk + Fair Snape Fell + Parlick Pike

Walk Essential Information

Starting point: Chipping Village, Preston

Route: Circular medium walk

Walk distance: 13 km

Walk time: 2.5-3 hours

Total ascent: 450 metres


Route Description: Chipping Circular Walk + Fair Snape Fell + Parlick Pike

Starting point at Chipping

The village of Chipping has a long-stay car park and toilets (grid ref. SD621433) by St Bartholomew’s church. You will find the turning nearly opposite the Chipping Farm Shop on Club Lane. The car park is Pay & Display which can be done with your phone if you forgot some small change.

Chipping Village to Saddle End

To start take the lane named Church Raike with St Bartholemew’s church on walking in the direction away from the village. At the first junction, fork right down Malt Kiln Lane past a pretty millpond on your left.

Turn onto a cobbled driveway on the right, opposite the old mill lodge. Watch out, it can be easy to miss! You will see a stile heading into a field, cross this and climb uphill to a wire fence. NOTE: If you are following my link on the Komoot app, I took a detour in error so please ignore this!

The path goes steadily uphill in a straight line following the wire fence on the right in a northerly direction, over a stile, and then descends towards Dobson’s Brook.

Walk towards the second wire fence not far from the brook. Cross over into the third field. Bear left as the narrow path drops down towards the brook which is crossed by a wooden footbridge. 

Footbridge by Windy Hill near Saddle Fell, Trough of Bowland

Footbridge by Windy Hill

Cross the footbridge bringing you out by Windy Hill above to your right with a house on top. Walk straight across still parallel to the brook on your left. Join an access track and turn left to find a tarmac road.

Barn conversion on Windy Hill near Saddle Fell, Trough of Bowland

Barn conversion on Windy Hill

Walk towards Saddle End Farm up the access road. You know you are heading in the right direction as the views of Parlick Pike is visible on your left. Wander directly through the farmyard of Saddle End to join a rough path that brings you out onto the moors.

Views of Parlick Pike near Saddle End Farm, Trough of Bowland

Views of Parlick Pike near Saddle End Farm

Saddle End to Fair Snape Fell

Walk up Saddle End along the braided path which rises up onto the flanks of Saddle Fell to a ladder stile and access notice. Cross the stile and continue along the rough track that eventually bears right and climbs the fellside.

Tracks up Saddle Fell on the Chipping Circular Walk

Follow the tracks up Saddle Fell

Head towards the cairn via the track that eventually fades into a path. Take the right fork and keep climbing uphill until the path forks again. 

You will come across a cairn (pile of stones) where you should take a moment to look back on your right to see the views of Easington Fell, Pendle Hill & Longridge Fell in the distance.

View of Easington Fell, Pendle Hill & Longridge Fell

View of Easington Fell, Pendle Hill & Longridge Fell (left to right)

Continue walking up through the moors with pretty heather and snow, in our case. Eventually, you will reach a wooden stile in a wire fence which you need to pass through, and turn left towards the summit of Fair Snape Fell.

Fence to embark on Fair Snape Fell

Fence to embark on Fair Snape Fell

Head to the summit of Fair Snape Fell marked by Paddy’s Pole cairn,  wind shelter, and trig point. The walk across the moors was pretty boggy in December so watch your footing as I did submerge further than hoped.

Be ready to admire the views from Fair Snape Fell! On a clear day, you can see the entire coastal plain of Lancashire, the central summits of the Pennines, and the southern Lakeland Fells across Morecambe Bay. The view from Fair Snape Fell is the best 360-degree panorama in the Trough of Bowland – it is worth choosing your day wisely for maximum benefit.

Trig point on Fair Snape Fell, Trough of Bowland

Trig point on Fair Snape Fell

Cairn on Fair Snape Fell Summit

Paddy’s Pole cairn and shelter on Fair Snape Fell

Fair Snape Fell to Parlick Pike

Leave Fair Snape Fell heading southeast towards Parlick. The domed peak is quite recognisable with Bleasdale farms at the foot of the fell on the right and over Chipping towards Longridge Fell on the left.

View of Parlick from Fair Snape Fell, Tough of Bowland

View of Parlick from Fair Snape Fell

The next stop will be the summit of Parlick Fell. You reach this by walking toward the wall and then following the path with the wire fence on the left. Head down the depression before reaching Parlick Pike then climb to the summit. Climb over the stile towards the summit cairn named Paddy’s Pole.

Descend the southeastern slopes of Parlick. The slopes are steeper with uneven ground, just curve around in a zig-zag fashion to suit the terrain.

Watch your footing as you catch a glimpse of the paragliders on the way down. It’s fabulous to see them swirling and swooping around in the air making the most of the westerly winds.

Watch the paragliders on Parlick Pike

Watch the paragliders on Parlick Pike

Parlick Pike to Chipping

At the bottom of Parlick Pike, you will reach the Fell Foot Cottage. |Here you will join a lane and probably find a few other cars parked up. Head straight down passing Startifants Lane on the right. At a junction, take the left turn on Fish House Lane descending through a wooded clough by Chipping Brook. Follow the road back to Church Raike taking you towards the car park in Chipping where you started.

Plan your trip to Chipping, Lancashire

If you are hoping to make the most of your trip to the Forest of Bowland? Here are some useful links to get you started with Chipping!


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