Ascent of Ward's Stone on 2012-11-05

Climber: Peter Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, November 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ward's Stone
    Elevation:562 m / 1847 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Tarnbrook and followed the "Ward's Stone, Forest of Bowland" route described in Ken Wilson and Richard Gilbert's excellent "Classic Walks" book (publ. Diadem Books, 1982). However, parking here is very limited and if you don't mind walking downhill for the first 4-5 km it might be better to park in the large car park by the Jubilee Tower.

It was crisp and clear with stunning views in all directions and just enough frost to enable bog-crossing with impunity. The Lakes and the Yorkshire 3 Peaks were particularly pretty with a snow line of about 700 metres. Ward's Stone has many tops of very similar height: 2 trig points, rocky outcrops and raised peat hags, but one hag 60 metres west of the easterly trig point is deemed to be the highest and has a small cairn atop. The diligent peakbagger will, however, wish to visit them all and to also visit Clougha Pike and will be rewarded with the complete summit experience.
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