Continue on the lane through the last of the houses.
Keep on the lane as it leads you past farm houses and then the substantial farmstead at Higher Wood House and begins to climb towards the high fells.
1 ½ miles from the junction with Back Lane reach the point beyond which motor vehicles are prohibited.
Through a gate bear right at a signpost on the North Lancashire Bridleway. At this point there is a recently placed memorial to all the wartime aircrews who lost their lives in plane crashes in this area.
Put away the map. It is no longer needed. Stay on this track and do not stray from it until you arrive in Roeburndale 7 ½ miles away about 3 hours at normal walking speed. Between the two points enjoy one of the finest moorland tracks this country has to offer. 500yds after leaving tarmac the track swings left on a shelf overlooking Croasdale Valley.
After dipping down to cross New Bridge the track climbs up to Croasdale Fell. On the skyline a white object turns out to be a memorial stone to one of the so called Lancashire Witches placed there as part of the 400th anniversary in 2012.
For the 10 women and 2 men hauled to Lancaster for trial and execution this must have been a way of tears.
As you reach a fence line crossing the track below White Hill you have attained the highest point of the route. Ahead the way is clear as the track rolls out before you. Half a mile further on a marker post
indicates the footpath descending to Whitendale on the left. Also to the left and becoming more prominent as the walk progresses looms the great massif of Wolfhole Crag and Ward's Stone the latter being the highest point in the Forest of Bowland (561m or 1840ft). On and on the Hornby Road continues high above the infant River Roeburn. After passing the junction with a shooters track
leading down left across the river and up to the col between Wolf Stone Crag and Ward's Stone the track climbs to rock strewn Addlestone Bank before commencing a gentle descent to High Salter. To the right fine views open out of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. A wall on the right
seems to presage civilisation but not immediately. A further half mile on the track arrives at High Salter Farm and tarmac.
drops past Middle Salter and then surprise surprise Lower Salter
to come to Barkin Bridge.
Then comes the sting in the tail - a climb over a spur of Whit Moor before the final descent to the Lune Valley.
For information check out www.thependlewitchesway.co.uk