Armed with a surprise afternoon pass (thanks Maggie) I slipped on my old walking boots and headed for the hills. Parlick and Fairsnape fells lie to the north west of the village of Chipping, and together with the adjacent Wolf, Blindhurst, Saddle and Home House fells form and extensive open access area. Popular with walkers and birdwatchers, the area is also used by gliders, which adds to the spectacle. The Ordnance Survey Explorer OL41 covers the area and names the places mentioned here.
|Fell Foot approach to Parlick|
Arriving via Chipping, I parked up on the lane leading to Fell Foot (there's a 'P' on the map) and headed up towards Parlick. The approach is fairly steep - I took the left path at the first fork which gives a gentler ascent than the more direct alternative, and takes the walker around the west side of Parlick.
|View over Fell Foot to Longridge Fell|
|Old Access Area Sign|
Heading back the way I came, I picked up a fence heading up to the summit of Parlick. A fixed-wing glider was joined by one, then two paragliders and the three of them circled the fell in what looked like a game of cat-and-mouse.
|Glider circling Parlick|
|Paraglider and Fairsnape Fell|
|From Parlick to Beacon Fell|
Descending steeply from the summit, I rejoined the path back to Fell Foot which was by now alive with chirping grasshoppers and birdsong - I snapped a Meadow Pipit in song, a common breeding bird in the area and favourite host of the scheming cuckoo.
Heading back to the car, the sense of being in another time I often feel in Bowland was heightened by the sight of an old Austin 7 left by another walker - a lovely way to end a two-hour wander.