The Hodder and Bowland in Winter

by David Murray on 13 January 2010

in Bowland, Lancashire, Northern England, Walking

In previous articles I’ve referred to my love of the River Hodder in Lancashire.  Recently I came across some photographs taken one very snowy Saturday morning in, I think, 1991 (or it may have been 1992). It was a splendidly crisp day, and great to walk where no man had gone before, as it were.  I started by the Hodder itself, and then decided to drive into the Trough of Bowland and walk up by the Langden Brook, one of the smaller streams that feeds the Hodder.  I’d lost the photographs for many years, but have never lost the memory.

The River Hodder in Winter near Dunsop Bridge

The Hodder near Dunsop Bridge (1991?)


Drivin snowy Trough of Bowland 1991

Got here before the gritters


Waterworks in the Snow - Langden Valley - Bowland

Looking down on the Waterworks, Langden Valley, Bowland


No-ones been this way this morning.  I'm the first - except for the sheep

I’m the first here – apart from the sheep


Langden Valley in snow - Trough of Bowland 1991

The snow is thinner here – but desolate for miles now

As I’ve said before, the Hodder with its villages, and the Trough of Bowland deserve to be much better known – but don’t come in droves will you; I’d like to see it stay peaceful.

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