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Walk Report by Simeon OrmeI park the car in the car park at Bridge House Farm Tearoom and walk down side of lane towards Hindburn Bridge, where followed the footpath through Powley Wood which was full of Bluebell in full bloom and then it was short walk following the footpath across fields coming out near Above Beck Cottage.Then it was short walk up the lane before following the footpath through Pike Gill Wood (Which is also permissive bridleway but best done on mountain bike) which again full of Bluebells flowering, there is ford and footbridge across Hunt’s Gill Beck, then you follow the footpath up to Alcocks Farm where you rejoin the tarmac again.Then its about ten minute walk up the lane from Alcocks Farm, you get good ideal where next footpath starts as there few cars park on small lay-by. Its worth taking a minute or two to look at the map showing permissive access, the sharp eye cyclist’s will notice that there permissive bridleway it again one to be done on mountain bike and be aware there ford crossing of the River Roeburn and maybe best done during period of dry weather. The first part of the footpath was well mark and in places a bit wet under foot, there a bit of guess work deciding where footpath goes in last field before Outhwaite Wood put its case was walking towards the wood, the access path into the wood from field as been churn up by to many feet, but once in the wood there well mark footpath to follow and then footbridge to cross over River Roeburn.I would recommend having lunch stop by the ford across the River Roeburn and then use the footbridge to cross the River Roeburn. I did follow this bit of advice and stop for some lunch by footpath a bit further along near the Middlewood Centre.After my lunch stop, I decide to follow the permissive bridleway through Backsbottom Farm up to Moor Lane. You find more information about Backsbottom Farm at this link. After short walk along Moor Lane, I followed School Lane back down into Wray and at the village school, I followed the path around to Kitten Bridge which I used to cross back over the River Roeburn before heading to Bridge House Farm Tearooms for coffee and cake.The walk took me about five hours to do but I do waste a lot time taking photos, so it may take three to fours hours to do.You can click here to see photos of 16th May walk to Wray or you can click here to download 4.47 mile route or you can checkout the What’s New Page to see what’s new on the site.