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Beating the Bounds of Bowland - a modern day perambulation on Sunday 2nd October 2022
There were Perambulations of Bowland in the 15th and 17th centuries where the Lord’s stewards “beat the bounds” mapping the extent of the Forest and the land of the ten manors within the Liberty of Bowland, including the demesne of Slaidburn with its townships of Newton, West Bradford and Grindleton.
The last Perambulation was undertaken by General George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle after he was awarded the lordship of Bowland for his role in restoring Charles II to the throne in 1660.
Today, 360 years later, William, 16th Lord of Bowland, has now announced a new Perambulation – although this 21st century version will be largely symbolic, taking the form of a guided walk from Slaidburn with all proceeds donated to local charities.
This challenging circular walk from Slaidburn explores the south-eastern extremities of Bowland, beating the bounds first established under Henry V, Lord King of Bowland (1413-22):
“Then over Bradford and Grindleton moors, to the vaccary of Harrop, which bounds on south-east side of Bolton-by-Bowland.”
Starting from the car park in Slaidburn, the route traverses the elevated pastures above the village, climbing gently to Harrop Fold, then more steeply through the woods and onto the summit of Bradford Fell.
The group will be limited to 50 people who will walk as one group around a circular route of approximately 10 miles.
Parking is available at Slaidburn Pay & Display car park with the group assembling in front of the village hall.
All participants will be asked to make a voluntary donation, with proceeds being split between Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and Champion Bowland, which awards small grants to help fund community schemes in the Forest of Bowland.
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