Boustagill Farm, the home of Peaks and Pods, has six footpaths pointing out from it, making it an ideal starting point for many great countryside walks. It’s a quiet and unspoilt part of the country with open fields edged with dry stone walls, amazing views and wildlife.
Head up to the nearby rocky outcrops at Whelpstone Crag on the edge of the Forest of Bowland, which offers superb views of the area, or pass through unique local farms such as Cappleside, whose stunning stone farmhouse dates back to the early 17th century.
You’ll find us on OL41 in the OS Explorer series ‘Pendle Hill, Clitheroe & Settle’ that covers the Forest of Bowland and Yorkshire Dales National. Visit www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/shop/explorer-map-forest-of-bowland-ribblesdale. Boustagill Farm (spelt Boostagill on the map) features specially on the map snapshots.
We have plotted a selection of walks of different lengths from the site using walk4life.org. We have details of the walks available at Peaks and Pods, or you can find them on the walk4life website. (It costs £5 to be a member for a year.) You can join our Peaks and Pods group online at walk4life, click the ‘Visit our Groups’ tab, enter Peaks and Pods in the keywords box, and you’ll find walks from ‘Boostagill’. Click ‘Our next walk’ and you can view and print off the maps.
We’re lucky that the author of a fantastic walking website – www.where2walk.co.uk – lives only a few miles away from Peaks and Pods. Where2walk presents some superb walks in the Yorkshire Dales, each featuring photographs, maps and descriptions – free to download or print. The walks are grouped in different ways – by map location, as a list, or by category. The categories include ‘Shorter walks for all’, ‘Riverside Strolls’, ‘Walks through History’ and ‘Catch the Summits’.
The website features detailed descriptions of walks, with suggestions of places to visit and even weather forecasts. Its author Jonathan also runs navigation courses and organises guided walks in the area.